Launch of the CAVAT Full Method: Guide for Practitioners

 The CAVAT Group are delighted to be launching the updated CAVAT Full Method on 27 March 2023, supported by a brand new fully illustrated Guide for Practitioners and survey spreadsheet.  The Full Method has been revised to address the under-valuing of those trees that are extensively managed to best fit with their context, for instance […]

National Tree Officers Conference 2023 – Call for Presentations now open

Building on the success of seven previous events, we’re delighted to announce the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) will return on the 7 November 2023. Proudly hosted by the Association of Tree Officers (ATO), Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) and the Municipal Tree Officers’ Association (MTOA), this year’s conference will […]

Forest research launch new Climate Change Hub

The effects of climate change are accelerating, with increasing frequency of extreme weather events such as storms, flooding, drought and wildfire. These and other climate risks pose a significant challenge  to management of our landscapes and wider society. Without action, our forests and woodlands may be unable to provide the multiple benefits they currently do, […]

Institute attends Network Rail conference

Network Rail Drainage and Lineside Conference – 28 September 2022 The Institute was offered the opportunity to exhibit at the Network Rail Drainage and Lineside Conference in Nottingham by Graham Owen MICFor, an invitation taken up by the Education & Outreach Officer, Dr Rob Hawkins. Neil Strong MICFor and the star of the Institute’s #NurtureGrowThrive […]

Institute President calls for action after UK heatwave

With temperatures exceeding 40°C, the UK recorded its hottest ever day on Tuesday 19 July. These extreme heatwaves are becoming more common due to the climate crisis but trees play an important role by storing carbon, boosting biodiversity and, in urban areas, can reduce the effects of heat by up to 10°C. In order to […]

Policy Roundup – June 2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News On 14 June we met with Scotland’s Education Minister Jamie Hepburn to talk about the skills crisis and how we can resolve it. We were joined by Chief Forester Helen McKay FICFor […]

Institute Executive Director joins new Green Job Delivery Group

The first meeting of the UK Government’s new group for creating green job opportunities took place on 11 May and was attended by leaders from business, industry, trade unions and academia, including the Institute’s Executive Director, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor. With policies set out in the Energy Security Strategy and Net Zero Strategy, it is hoped that […]

New UKWAS standard for urban trees in development

A standard for the certification of ‘Trees outside Forests, particularly those in an urban environment, is being developed by PEFC UK with the support of a small working group. It will act as an appendix to the already endorsed national sustainable forest management scheme, the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS). The UKWAS has been adapted, […]

New government strategy for education increases support for green careers

Announced by the Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi on 21 April, the Department for Education has launched a new Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy that includes plans to increase learning on green skills and careers for young people, with the introduction of a new Natural History GCSE. With the introduction of at least one sustainability lead […]

Policy Roundup – March 2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News Several Institute staff attended the Confor dinner and awards this month which was a lovely opportunity to meet members in person. There have also been two reports published this month that the […]