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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.

In this section

“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

01/02/2023

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to announce the four shortlisted candidates for the inaugural Professional Forester of the Year, a prestigious new award recognising outstanding servi...

24/01/2023

The effects of climate change are accelerating, with increasing frequency of extreme weather events such as storms, flooding, drought and wildfire. These and other climate risks pose a significant cha...

23/01/2023

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news It has been a busy start to the year at the Institute. We are particul...

21/01/2023

Over the last 150 years, England’s red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, populations have significantly declined. This iconic species is now classed as nationally endangered. Evidence shows that the expan...

16/01/2023

The Woodland Carbon Code (WCC) are looking for new members to join their WCC Advisory Board. Advisory Board members advise the Executive Board on the application, promotion, revision and further devel...

16/01/2023

Ten forestry professionals, living and working in Scotland, have been welcomed onto the Institute of Chartered Forester’s ‘Emerging Leader Programme’ with places funded by Scottish Forestry. Beg...

05/01/2023

We are pleased to support this opportunity, thanks to James Jones and Sons Ltd and the Scottish Forestry Trust,  for young forestry graduates in the UK to travel to Australia to share best practice b...

19/12/2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news There has been a flurry of activity in the run-up to Christmas. Here i...

19/12/2022

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to announce the successful applicants for their upcoming ‘Emerging Leader Programme’.Beginning in January 2023, the programme offers a fantastic o...

12/12/2022

The international approval/ endorsement process for UKWAS 5 being taken forward by FSC UK and PEFC UK is well underway, with detailed assessment of the UKWAS 5 pre-approval draft being undertaken by t...

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