TPBE4 Speaker Profile – Ben Seamark

Our triennial conference on urban greenspace takes place on the 22nd and 23rd April at the University of Birmingham. In advance of the conference we’re presenting a series of interviews with some of our featured speakers. In the latest of the series, we speak with Ben Seamark, Coordinator of Environmental Assets, City of Burnside, Australia. […]

Working Together for Trees: A New Standard for Individual Tree Data Collection

There has never been a more important or urgent time to collect data on urban trees. High-quality data will help harness the current wave of enthusiasm for tree planting, and to address the challenges to urban trees from pests, diseases, climate-change and development. However, the resources to support urban trees have declined rapidly in the […]

Jon Ryan, shares his experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference in 2017

Jon Ryan, Team Manager (Arboriculture) at London Borough of Islington, tells us about his experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) in 2017. Why did you decide to submit an abstract? I sat in the audience the previous year and decided that I had no excuse not to submit an abstract. Although […]


Positioning Resources Ltd is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  Does this ring a bell? It’s a wet and windy day and you’re out surveying trying to make notes and mark up a topographic map on a soggy piece of paper and your pen won’t work. To make matters worse once back in the […]

TPOs: Improve your Reaction time and save more Trees

 ezytreev is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  It’s early afternoon and you get the tip-off, it might be potential development land or perhaps a private garden with some prominent trees, but word is that the tree fellers are due in the morning. Your next move, and how fast you can make […]

Keith Sacre MICFor Honoured by Arboriculture Association

Keith Sacre MICFor has been awarded the 2014 AA Award for his ‘continued contribution to arboriculture’. He received the award at the recent Arboriculture Association conference dinner, presented by Bob Widd, Chairman of the Consulting Arborist Society. Authority on Arboriculture Announcing the award, an AA statement said: “Keith’s work on many boards, committees and organisations […]

Urban Forestry Research Conference: Last Call for Early Birds

Trees, People and the Built Environment II: Last Call for Early Birds With less than two weeks left of Early Bird bookings for the forthcoming, urban trees research conference, Trees,People and the Built Environment II (TPBE II), organisers are issuing a final notice of discounts. Early Bird rates will finish on 31 January, at which […]

Urban Forest Conference Goes Global With Call for Papers and Sponsorship Success

The Call for Papers for major international urban trees research conference Trees, People and the Built Environment II (TPBEII) has now closed, with submissions from a record number of countries and a guarantee from the conference partners of a world-class programme. In addition, five renowned organisations have been secured as headline sponsors in a move […]

ICF Fellow First Brit to Receive International Arboriculture Award

ICF Fellow First Ever UK Recipient of International Arboriculture Award Myerscough College Professor and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) Dr Mark Johnston FICFor is the first UK recipient of a prestigious award from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) –  the  Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education The top […]

Booking Open for ICF National Conference – Programme Announced

Early Birds and Corporate Clout for ICF National Conference The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is pleased to announce it is now taking bookings for its 2013 National Conference in Glasgow on 1 and 2 May. The conference is open to all tree and environmental professionals, not just ICF members, and delegates can take advantage […]

ICF President to Don Cycling ‘Yellow Jersey’ in Ride for Research at Conference Launch

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is delighted to announce that the annual charity cycling event Ride for Research (RfR) will this year take place on Tue 30 April in Glasgow, to coincide with the ICF National Conference on 1 and 2 May. ICF President to Don Cycling ‘Yellow Jersey’ in Ride for Research at […]

ICF Working with HEIs to Shape the Future of Forestry and Arboriculture

 The Institute of Chartered Foresters hosted a historic workshop calling together every Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the UK teaching forestry and arboriculture, in a move designed to foster relationships between the academic and professional worlds, and ensure graduates emerge fully equipped to start a career in the industry. ICF Working with HEIs to Shape […]

ICF Seeks Deputy Director

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is seeking an experienced senior forestry or arboricultural professional to join its team. The successful applicant will be based near Oxford and will report directly to Executive Director and ICF Fellow Shireen Chambers in Edinburgh. Describing the new post Shireen said: “This position is really important for the strategic […]

ICF Announces New Fellows

The Institute is pleased to announce that two of its members have been promoted to the status of Fellows of the ICF. Shireen Chambers FICFor and Nick Mottram FICFor were made Fellows in April after unanimous approval was given at a recent ICF Council Meeting in Edinburgh. Through her role on the Independent Panel for […]

BS 5837 New Edition Now Available

BS 5837 New Edition Now Available The revised edition of the BS 5837 2012: Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations was published on 10 April and will come into effect on 30 April 2012. The standard outlines the ‘Principles and procedures for achieving a harmonious and sustainable relationship between trees and […]

BBC Coverage of Phytophthora Pathogen in Wales

BBC Coverage of Phytophthora Pathogen in Wales Last night the BBC gave coverage to the phytophthora pathogen problems in Wales and tonight Forest Research will be on the news. To watch the programme, go to the BBC i-player, BBC One – The One Show 27 March, the feature piece on FR and tree diseases is […]

ICF Announces Silvicultural Prize Winners

  ICF Announces Silvicultural Prize Winners   ICF is delighted to announce that Barry Gardiner, Jean-Michel Leban, David Auty and Helen Simpson are joint winners of the 2011 Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture for their co-authored paper “‘Models for predicting wood density of British-grown Sitka spruce”. Their winning paper […]

Contact Us

Contact ICF Administration and General Enquiries – Ben Summers-McKay Finance – Cheryl Symon Membership – Stuart Glen Events and Publications (Chartered Forester) – Allison Lock Marketing and Communications – Julie Thomson   ICF Head Office 59 George StreetEdinburghEH2 2JGTelephone: 0131 240 1425E-mail:   View Larger Map   ICF Bristol Office Brunswick CourtBrunswick SquareBristolBS2 8PETelephone: […]

Institute of Chartered Foresters Multimedia Centre

Welcome to the Institute’s Multimedia information centre for the Forestry and Arboricultural sector. Here you will find all the latest news, features, videos and images from specialists and experts in the field whose voices matter most in shaping the practices and policies of forestry and tree management. Make it your mission to follow us on […]

Task Force Boost to Sustainable Forestry

Task Force Boost to Sustainable Forestry The Government has announced it will implement a host of the forestry sector’s own recommendations to boost sustainable forestry and the green economy in its response to the Forestry Regulation Task Force published on 27 March 2012. The Task Force identified more than 40 ways to make it easier […]

BBC Tree Disease Feature

BBC Tree Disease Feature on iPlayer Last night the BBC gave coverage to the phytophthora pathogen problems in Wales and tonight Forest Research will be on the news. Footage of extensive areas of felled larch taken from a hot air balloon is very dramatic. The feature piece on FR and tree diseases is on at […]

Guiding Light – “UK Forestry Standard”

Guiding Light – “UK Forestry Standard” Richard Howe MICFor is Policy Advisor for Forestry Commission (GB) based at Silvan House in Edinburgh. He has led the project to produce the new UK Forestry Standard and supporting guidelines. Endorsed by all the forestry ministers of the UK, these were published by the Forestry Commission in November […]

Independent Panel in Northumberland

The Independent Panel on Forestry Visits Northumberland Shireen Chambers MICFor – Executive Director, ICF Last week the Independent Panel on Forestry visited Northumberland which included a visit to Kielder Forest. The local residents made their feelings clear with banners such as the one above. The Panel spent an evening listening to local residents and organisations […]

ICF at the South West Woodland Show

Alistair Rennie – Marketing Officer, ICF The ICF’s attendance at this year’s biennial South West Woodland Show was marked by a day of successful networking and the recruitment of several potential members which left ICF stalwarts Allison Lock (Communications and Events Manager) and Alistair Rennie (Marketing Officer) duly satisfied with their day’s efforts. PHOTO – […]

Membership Benefits

Member Benefits Ten good reasons to join the ICF Directory of Consultants – apply to be on ICF’s Directory of Chartered Consultants. Chartered Forester – free subscription to Chartered Forester magazine E-news – monthly e-news delivered directly to your inbox Forestry – reduced subscription to world-renowned International Journal of Forestry Representation – have your say how […]

Job Ad Service

Distribution Service Are you looking for a highly qualified Forester or Arboriculturist to join your organisation?  Our distribution service allows you to advertise your vacancies to the most talented professionals in the sector. Gain direct access to the mailboxes of over 1500 ICF members. The only job vacancy service distributed to all Chartered Foresters and […]

Forestry Journal

International Journal of Forest Research The Institute’s international journal of forest research, Forestry, was first published in 1927 and continues to go from strength to strength. The journal publishes refereed papers on all aspects of research, practice and policy that promote the sustainable development of forests, woodlands and trees. The editors select papers both for […]

Chartered Forester Magazine

Chartered Forester Chartered Forester, the quarterly magazine issued free to all members of the Institute, publishes feature articles on a wide range of professional and technical matters, news items, and professional information of direct relevance to members. Members are invited to contribute as their views are always appreciated. The editor periodically accepts articles of relevance from […]


Resources for Foresters and Arboriculturists This section contains an abundance of materials relating to forests, woodlands and trees in the UK territories and beyond. The ICF is passionately and professionally committed to the propagation of knowledge and information for the benefit of those with a vested interest in woodlands and trees, whether on a professional, […]

ICF National Study Tour

ICF National Study Tour The ICF National Study Tour is predominantly an outdoor annual event, occurring in the autumn at a location chosen to best reflect the topic in hand. The length of Study Tours varies depending on the locations being visited. The tours usually take the form of an indoor evening introduction, with short […]

Forestry & Arboricultural Events

Forestry and Arboricultural Events The Institute of Chartered Foresters organises a programme of forestry and arboricultural events throughout the year to support the continuing professional development needs of its members. These events include a National Conference and a National Study Tour, regional events through the ICF’s network of member-led local groups, and partnership events with […]

EST Projects

Education and Scientific Trust Projects Timber Harvesting | Project Angavo | ICF Conference | Helsinki Wood School | UNECE/FAO Timber Applicants who have benefited from the support of the the ICF’s Education and Scientific Trust. Timber Harvesting Training Event Applicant: Mark Malins MICFor, then Forestry & Environment Support Officer, Forestry Commission Wales Applied for: An […]

Educational and Scientific Trust

Educational and Scientific Trust ICF’s Educational and Scientific Trust (EST) was established in 1984 as a charity that aims to advance education in all aspects of forestry and arboriculture. The EST supports a trust fund made up of donations which are managed by a group of Trustees. The Trustees, which include the ICF’s President and […]

ICF Student Award

ICF Student Award Each year, ICF presents a prestigious student award to each of the top students in the universities and colleges with ICF-accredited forestry and arboriculture courses.   Winners 2015 Augustas Juskevicius – BSc Forestry – University of Aberdeen Robert Evans – BSc (Hons) Conservation with Forestry – Bangor University Keira Tedd – BSc […]


Where to Study Forestry and Arboriculture A wide variety of forestry and arboricultural courses are offered by universities and colleges throughout the UK. Many of these courses embrace elements of environmental management, conservation and other disciplines relating to forestry and arboriculture. Successfully studying forestry or arboriculture qualifies you for a career in a sector which […]

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development Undertaking Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of lifelong learning is essential to being a professional. Creation of a competent, innovative, forward-looking profession as well as the individual is attained by proactive and targeted learning. What is the requirement for members? How much learning a member needs to undertake depends on individual […]


Supporter of the Institute of Chartered Foresters The Supporter category is open to any individual with an interest in forestry and arboriculture who is not eligible to become chartered but who would like to keep in touch with current developments in the sector. Supporters are entitled to a copy of our quarterly membership magazine, Chartered […]

ICF Associate Member

Associate membership is available to all those who want to work towards becoming chartered. You will have completed your initial education in forestry, arboriculture or a related subject and are either already employed or looking to join the sector. Alternatively, you may have decided on a change of career and have started working or are […]

Membership Grades

Membership Grades The Institute of Chartered Foresters has several grades of membership relating to the status and experience of candidates who wish to join. Follow the links below for application packs in relation to each grade. Student  Associate  Professional Member Fellow  Supporter  Contact Us For queries about membership grades and routes to professional status please […]

Reinstatement to ICF

Reinstatement to Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters Members are removed from the Institute’s membership register if they have resigned or if they have not paid their annual subscription fee. Members who have not paid their subscriptions by the beginning of the year are sent at least two further requests for payment and a […]

Senior Entry

Senior Professionals Entry Route You may be a senior practitioner in forestry or arboriculture who, for various reasons, has not previously sought chartered membership. Assessed Professional Competence (APC) is a route to Chartered status specifically aimed at senior professionals in this position. APC requires the demonstration of relevant experience over a minimum of 15 years, […]


Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters Chartered membership of the ICF is internationally recognised as a badge of excellence. Whether you are a student, an experienced practitioner, or simply have an interest in the professional management and enhancement of trees and woodlands in all their forms, becoming a member of the ICF could bring […]

What We Do

The Professional Body for Forestry and Arboriculture What is Forestry? Forestry is defined as the practice of all aspects of professional tree care, including forest and woodland management, arboriculture, urban forestry, environmental forestry and research, education and training in these fields. Forests, woodlands and urban trees must be sustainably managed to meet society’s increasing demands […]

History of the ICF

History of the Institute of Chartered Foresters The Institute of Chartered Foresters was founded in 1925 as the Society of Foresters of Great Britain. It became the Institute of Foresters in 1974 and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1982. Its objectives have always been: the maintenance and improvement of the standards of practice and […]

ICF Regions

Institute of Chartered Foresters – Regional Groups ICF supports nine regional groups across the UK which provide regular events for members in their designated areas. Events cover a wide range of topical issues and important developments in the forestry and arboricultural industry and typically involve seminars, discussion groups and site visits in all regions throughout […]

About The ICF

Putting Trees in the Hands of Experts The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is the Royal Chartered body for foresters and arboriculturists in the UK. It provides services and support to its members; guidance to professionals in other sectors; information to the general public; and educational advice and training to students and tree professionals seeking […]

The Institute of Chartered Foresters

Welcome to the Institute of Chartered Foresters. As the Royal Chartered body for forestry and arboricultural professionals, our members are part of the UK’s leading professional organisation relating to forests, woodlands and trees.