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Awarding Chartered Status to Professionals in Forestry and Arboriculture

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is the Royal Chartered body for foresters and arboriculturists in the UK. It is the only UK body to offer the Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist titles.

The Institute regulates standards of entry to the profession; provides support to members; guidance to professionals in other sectors; information to the general public; and educational advice and training to both students and tree professionals seeking to develop their careers in the forestry and arboricultural sector.

The Institute works to foster a greater public awareness and understanding of forestry in order to serve a variety of commercial, recreational, environmental and scientific interests.

ICF Awards

ICF distributes, endorses and sponsors a series of awards throughout the year, to promote education and research and recognise exceptional contributions to both the Institute and the sector.

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“Working towards becoming a Chartered Forester has enabled me to grow my forestry skills with confidence within a nurturing and supportive environment.”
Robert Davies

Latest news


Ahead of the UK General Election on 4 July, the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF) has outlined the environmental priorities the next government must implement with urgency during its time in office. A ...


We are delighted to have awarded three Honorary Fellowships of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Sir Nicholas Bacon KCVO OBE FICFor (Hon) - Raveningham Estate Sir Nicholas Bacon is a respected lea...


Please see the below update from the Forestry Commission on the introduction of new plant health requirements following confirmation of eight-toothed spruce bark beetle findings in Suffolk and Norfolk...


Following on from the huge success of the first widely-acclaimed Emerging Leader Programme, the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is delighted to open applications for the second round of this ex...


We are delighted to announce that John Risby FICFor has been awarded the Institute’s Medal, our highest award, for his long-standing commitment to professional excellence in forestry. The son of a f...


As the Royal Chartered body for professionals working with trees in the public, private and third sectors, we represent a broad range of those working in trees including foresters, arboriculturists, e...


Following our online Council Elections in May 2024, the following candidates have been successful and will be appointed onto the Institute's Council at our Annual General Meeting on 21 June 2024. Fell...


One of the oldest “forestry universities” in the UK – and the first to offer a degree in forestry – is celebrating 120 years of forestry teaching. Bangor forestry graduates and staff will be c...


The Institute's Professional and Educational Standards Committee has approved the promotion of four new Fellows. David Hay FICFor – Woodland Officer (Moray) & STEM Ambassador, Scottish Forestry ...


We are holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) online on Friday 21 June from 12:00 to 13:00. We invite all members to attend to hear about the Institute's priorities, recent work and to vote on resol...

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