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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

26/09/2022

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 time of change at every level – within the Institute, ...

23/09/2022

A new three-year programme has launched to bring more woodland into active management in the North East and Yorkshire by working with woodland owners and forestry innovators. Northwoods, a programme f...

12/09/2022

The Institute of Chartered Foresters joins with people around the globe in mourning the loss of Her Majesty The Queen. The creation of The Queen’s Green Canopy to mark her Platinum Jubilee will be a...

12/09/2022

As a member of the HSE's Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG), we regret to inform members of another fatality in the sector. The incident, which took place in Devon in late June 2022, inv...

12/09/2022

Last week, the Institute's Education & Outreach Officer, Dr Rob Hawkins, and Head of Policy & Partnerships, Jemima Cooper, attended the launch of the UK's first degree-level apprenticeship in ...

06/09/2022

Following the launch of the Institute of Chartered Forester’s (ICF) Emerging Leader Programme, we're delighted to announce that Scottish Forestry (SF) has agreed to fund up to ten places on the cour...

05/09/2022

Farmers, foresters and landowners in Wales have been involved in the development of two new Woodland Creation Grant schemes which are now open for applications. With £2 million available for the firs...

30/08/2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news Consultations We are submitting evidence to the Environmental Audit Co...

22/07/2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news Launch of leadership programme Funded by the Trees Call to Action Fund...

19/07/2022

With temperatures exceeding 40°C, the UK recorded its hottest ever day on Tuesday 19 July. These extreme heatwaves are becoming more common due to the climate crisis but trees play an important role ...

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