Urban Forestry: Interview with Professor Richard Hauer

It’s now less than 3 months until Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 – our triennial conference on urban greenspace. In advance of the conference we’ll be presenting a series of interviews with some of our featured speakers. This week, we speak with Professor Richard Hauer of the University of Wisconsin. As a Professor […]

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 […]


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 […]

Trees, People and the Built Environment

Trees, People and the Built Environment (TPBE) is a collaborative event that brings together professionals of forestry, arboriculture, and other built environment and environmental disciplines, to hear ground breaking international research on urban foresting. The event highlights the many social, economic and environmental benefits that trees bring to urban populations, and indeed the planet. This […]

TPBE II: The Role of Urban Trees in Moderating Climatic Effects

The role of urban trees in moderating climatic effects will come under the spotlight in the forthcoming Trees, People and the Built Environment II  Kenton Rogers MICFor, at the 2013 ICF National Conference Internationally recognised experts will descend on Birmingham in April, to deliver the latest evidence on the benefits of urban trees and greenspace in […]

Urban Trees Conference Highlights Economic Value of Trees

The forthcoming Trees, People and the Built Environment II (TPBE II) conference, 2-3 April, University of Birmingham, is set to highlight the benefits of trees in an urban environment, including the advantages that they can bring to the economy. A pre-conference article delivered by Dr Kathleen Wolf, Research Social Scientist, University of Washington, highlights the […]

Trees, People and the Built Environment II: World-class Keynote Speakers Announced

Three renowned experts in architecture, planning, urban ecology and sustainability have been announced as keynote speakers for the major international urban trees research conference,  Trees, People and the Built Environment II (TPBEII) taking place 2-3 April, 2014 in Birmingham, UK. TPBEII is hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) as its 2014 National Conference, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: icf@charteredforesters.org   View Larger Map   ICF Bristol Office Brunswick CourtBrunswick SquareBristolBS2 8PETelephone: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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.