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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

19/02/2024

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to announce the four shortlisted candidates for the 2024 Professional Forester of the Year, the prestigious award that recognises outstanding service ...

29/01/2024

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news The Institute is delighted that Tom Jenkins FICFor has been awarded th...

19/01/2024

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards are back for 2024 after a wonderful celebration in 2023. And this year four key areas form the focus of the prestigious Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards – climate, c...

09/01/2024

The Institute is delighted that Tom Jenkins FICFor has been awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the Forestry Sector in the New Year Honours 2024 list. Currently...

05/01/2024

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) welcomes the recent upgrade to farming schemes announced by the Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP on Thursday 4 January 2024. As the biggest update to the UK’s fa...

19/12/2023

In December 2023, Trefor Owen FICFor was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree (DSci) from Bangor University for his contribution to Public Service. Trefor is a senior Welsh forestry profession...

18/12/2023

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news Emerging Leader Programme A webinar was held on 5 December, showcasing...

13/12/2023

On 7 December 2023, the National Wood Strategy for England was launched at Confor's UK Policy Conference in London, where lead author Tom Barnes from Vastern Timber discussed the strategy's key points...

06/12/2023

We are pleased to announce that the Professional and Educational Standards Committee has promoted three new members to Fellows of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Gareth Hare FICFor Tree and Land...

04/12/2023

Applications for the next cohort of the innovative Professional Forester Apprenticeship programme reopened on 2 December as part of National Tree Week. The programme, a partnership from the Forestry C...

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