Case study: Lucy Pitt

The Institute’s Marketing Manager, Hester McQueen, interviewed Lucy Pitt for 2019 International Women’s Day to highlight women excelling in our profession. Help us encourage people to join our profession and make it more diverse by joining the #ILookLikeAForester campaign. Find out how you can get involved >>

Lucy Pitt, Technical Forester, Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales

What do you love most about your job?

I love the variety my job brings. One day I could be walking an area to mark a thinning, the next day I could be doing a riparian habitat survey or Schedule 1 bird survey.

Why choose forestry?

I actually came into Forestry from an Environmental Science degree as a support role doing mainly GIS to begin with, but instantly gained a love for forestry and managed to take on more jobs out in the forest rather than desk-based, went on training, shadowed foresters and then applied for a forester role at a later date using this experience and haven’t looked back!

How can ICF support women in forestry and arboriculture?

I think the ICF does a brilliant job in supporting women in forestry. It is an inclusive institute and I have certainly never felt at a disadvantage because I am a woman. So much support is available for anyone who requires it.

What can professional organisations like the ICF do to attract a more diverse workforce?

I think advertising the inclusive nature of an organisation goes a long way in terms of attracting a diverse workforce. I find it encouraging to see articles and pictures of other women in forestry and to learn more about different roles other women do. It’s empowering.


Women across the profession will be posting images on social media of themselves on International Women’s Day to illustrate their work and the inspiring role they play. Follow the conversation #ILookLikeAForester