Privacy Policy

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is the Royal Chartered body for foresters and arboriculturists in the UK. ICF regulates the standards of entry to forestry and arboriculture and offers professional qualifications to promote expertise in the tree and woodland management professions.

The Institute collects both member and non-member data on its CRM database. Methods of collection include membership and event registration, and other promotional activities.

ICF takes data security extremely seriously and has data protection policy in place to ensure its data is secure and used within the law.

Website Visits

We may collect information about your visits to our website such as IP address, location, browser type, referral source, length of visit and number of page views. This information may be used to improve our website’s usability and for marketing purposes.

Cookies are used on this website. The information we obtain from the cookie could be used to improve the website’s usability and for marketing purposes. Browsers usually will allow you to refuse cookies.

Data Usage and Sharing

ICF will never share non-member data with third parties. Non-member data is used solely by ICF for the purpose of promoting ICF services by email or telephone.

Member data is primarily used by ICF to deliver member services. ICF will only share member data, such as mailing address, with third parties like mailing houses (subscription mailings) and the publisher of its Chartered Forester magazine (magazine mailings), and in these cases, a data sharing agreement ensures safe transportation, storage, and disposal of data.

Sensitive Personal Data

The Institute is aware that it holds some personal data that could be considered sensitive, such as qualifications and records of complaint. This information is subject to additional security within ICF and is never shared with third parties.

Rights of Access

You may access a copy of your data held by ICF at any time. Responses to the request for information will be made promptly and, in any event, within 30 days.

Concerns and complaints

If you have concerns or questions about the collection, storage or processing of your data, you are encouraged in the first instance to contact the Institute of Chartered Foresters to discuss and resolve any issues.

You can write directly to the Institute of Chartered Foresters

Data Protection
Institute of Chartered Foresters
59 George Street

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. In the UK, this is the Information Commissioner’s Officer (ICO). Contact details for the ICO are available here.