Canada Partnership to Promote Forestry Careers

Canada Partnership to Promote Forestry Careers The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has announced a new partnership with the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF-IFC) and the Duchy of Cornwall, to deliver an international student exchange programme. Endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award will recognise outstanding students in […]

Forestry Forum Update

Forestry Forum Update The Forestry Forum Meeting took place today at Defra’s offices in London, to hear the Government’s progress in implementing the Independent Panel on Forestry’s recommendations. Collaborative Efforts for Better Woodland Mangement Dan Rogerson MP, recently appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for water, forestry, rural affairs and resource management, spoke at the […]

Reforesting Scotland Take Part in European StarTree Initiative

Reforesting Scotland Take Part in European StarTree Initiative Reforesting Scotland are taking part in StarTree, a European-wide initiative to develop innovative approaches to increase the marketability and profitability of non-wood forest products (NWFP) to enhance rural economies. NWFP are wide-ranging, and can include fruit, berries, foliage for decoration, bark, medicinal plants, logging by-products and chemical […]

Thames Chase Community Forest Seek Trustees

Thames Chase Community Forest Seek Trustees Thames Chase Community Forest are currently seeking Trustees, and is calling on those with woodland and countryside management experience to join its dedicated board. Thames Chase was established in 1990 to improve landscapes in East London and South Essex. One of 12 Community Forests in England it has been […]

House of Lords Questions: Implementation of Forestry Recommendations

House of Lords Discuss Forestry Progress On 17th December, the House of Lords discussed what progress the Government has made in implementing the Independent Panel on Forestry’s recommendations. You will find below the Hansard record of the discussion. House of Lords’ Oral Questions, Tuesday 17th December 2013 Lord Clark of Windermere To ask Her Majesty’s […]

Tree Species and Provenance Choice in High-Value Conservation Sites – Keith Kirby FICFor

Tree Species and Provenance Choice in High-Value Conservation Sites Where is it important that only local material is planted in woods important for nature conservation and where might a wider range of provenances and species be accepted, given future changes in environment and the threat from tree diseases? Keith Kirby FICFor looks at a simple […]

Forestry Commission Announce Joint Action to Tackle Larch Disease

Forestry Commission Announce Joint Action to Tackle Larch Disease Forestry Commission Scotland is joining forces with the forestry sector to take action to tackle a significant increase in a tree disease that kills larch trees. Phytophthora ramorum on larch was first found in Dumfries & Galloway in 2010 but survey work carried out this spring […]

Futurologist Hails Chartered Foresters as Shining Example

Futurologist Hails Chartered Foresters as Shining Example                 (Image: Mark Stevenson with Outgoing ICF President Fenning Welstead)   When futurologist Mark Stevenson accepted an invitation to address the recent Institute of Chartered Foresters’ National Conference, little did he think that he would leave the event heralding the delegates […]

ICF Member Takes on Big Role at Small Woods

ICF Member Takes on Big Role at Small Woods Small Woods, the national woodland charity based in the West Midlands, has announced a new CEO who will take up the post in May. Mike Bentley, a Professional member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Small Woods Association. […]

New Welsh Natural Resources Body Becomes Operational

New Welsh Natural Resources Body Becomes Operational Mon 1 April 2013 Today Natural Resources Wales brings together the work of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission Wales, as well as some functions of Welsh Government. Its purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced […]

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 Welcomes Government’s Willingness to Embrace Independent Panel on Forestry’s Vision

 Defra have announced the Government’s formal response to the Independent Panel on Forestry’s report, published in July 2012. ICF Welcomes Government’s Willingness to Embrace Independent Panel on Forestry’s Vision  Commenting on the Government’s Forestry Policy Statement published by Defra on Thursday 31 January, Shireen Chambers FICFor, Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), […]

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 Welcomes Government Control Plan for Chalara

Media Release ICF Welcomes Government Control Plan for Chalara   Following today’s (6 December 2012) publication  of the Defra interim control plan for Chalara fraxinea, or ash dieback, Shireen Chambers FICFor, Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), commented on the plan and the crucial role that the ICF and its members are […]

Efforts Stepped Up to Tackle Disease of Ash Trees

Efforts Stepped Up to Tackle Disease of Ash Trees Plant health authorities across the United Kingdom have stepped up their efforts to tackle a new disease of ash trees. Work to combat Chalara dieback of ash has been under way for some months. The Forestry Commission and the Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera) are […]

Government Considers Ban on Ash Tree Movements

The United Kingdom Government is considering legislation to ban the movement of ash trees from areas where the destructive Chalara dieback disease of ash trees might be present, the Forestry Commission and the Food & Environment Research agency (Fera) announced today. The announcement follows the discovery of ash trees infected by the Chalara fraxinea fungus […]

ICF Hosts Meeting of Major Forestry Players in Battle Against Disease Imports

ICF Hosts Meeting of Major Forestry Players in Battle Against Disease Imports The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) recently hosted a meeting of the UK’s major forest plant buyers to discuss various voluntary measures that could be undertaken to reduce the risk of pests and diseases entering the country. This follows the current outbreak of […]

Latest National Statistics on Forestry Released

Latest National Statistics on Forestry Released The latest National Statistics on forestry produced by the Forestry Commission were released today, 27 September 2012, in accordance with the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. Detailed statistics are published in the web publication ‘Forestry Statistics 2012’, and an extract of these is published in ‘Forestry Facts […]

Edinburgh Student Wins Top Forestry Award

Edinburgh Student Wins Top Forestry Award University of Edinburgh student Sian Jones was in high spirits at her graduation ceremony on 25 June after she was presented with the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ Best Student award for having produced the most outstanding dissertation in a forestry-related subject. Sian graduated with a first class Bachelor of […]

ICF Announces Important Films on Catastrophic Plant Disease

The ICF National Conference was today used as a launch pad for two important films intended to combat the threat to Britain’s woodlands posed by two devastating Phytophthora pathogens, Phytophthora ramorum and Phytophthora kernoviae. The films, which come in short and long versions, provide vital information and advice on how to prevent the spread of […]

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 […]

Longhorn Beetle Found in UK

  Longhorn Beetle Found in UK   The Asian long-horned beetle (ALB) has been found for the first time in the UK, causing serious concern among Foresters and Arboriculturists about the possibility of a wider outbreak. The Forestry Commission has issued a press release with details on measures to be taken to contain the threat. […]

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: icf@charteredforesters.org   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 […]

Firefighters Quell Massive Fire on Scottish Moors

Firefighters Quell Massive Fire on Scottish Moors Firefighters and forestry workers have stopped a moorland blaze at Drumburn Hill which started on Monday. There were fears it would spread to the adjacent 70-hectare forest near Kirkbean and Southwick. The Forestry Commission provided off-road vehicles to get vital equipment to the site, as well as trying […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Resources

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 […]

Study

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

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 […]

Fellowship

Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Foresters The Council is keen to see Institute members progress to Fellowship and welcomes applications from members of all branches of the profession. The attainment of Fellowship should be the goal to which all chartered members aspire. It is a mark of your career achievements within your peer group […]

Professional Member

Professional Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters Full Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters formally recognises a member’s technical and professional competence as a forester or arboriculturist, and is open to those who have successfully completed the Routes to Chartered Status: Route 1: After joining the Institute as an Associate member, you have completed […]

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 […]

ICF Student Membership

If you are a full-time or part-time student in Higher Education, Student membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters lets you stay up to date with the latest news, views and ideas from the world of forestry and arboriculture. Student membership puts you directly in touch with tree professions and provides opportunities to get involved […]

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, […]

Routes To Membership

Routes to ICF Chartered Status Many professional foresters and arboriculturists begin by completing an undergraduate or postgraduate course recognised by the Institute of Chartered Foresters. But many people who have not studied forestry or arboriculture join our sector looking for a new career. These members may have qualifications in related or very different subjects and […]

Membership

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 […]

Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics for Professional Values and Rules for Professional Conduct and Practice in Forestry and Arboriculture Download the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct fjdkfjfgjlkdfjg. One of the aims of the ICF is to ensure that professional standards of conduct and good practice are adhered to within the foresty and arboricultural industry. MORE INTRO […]

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.