Who we are

The Professional Body for UK foresters and arboriculturists

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.

– Supports members and provides guidance to professionals in other sectors.

– Offers educational advice and training to both students and tree professionals seeking to develop their careers in the forestry and arboricultural industry.

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

A Badge of Professionalism

The Institute has 2,000 members who practice forestry, arboriculture and related disciplines in the private sector, central and local government, non-government organisations, charities and universities and colleges throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Members of the Institute are required to uphold the integrity and reputation of the profession of forestry and arboriculture and to safeguard the public interest in matters of safety and health and are bound by the Instititute’s Code of Conduct. Chartered status (Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist) is an award that recognises professional competence and adherence to this Code.

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“Being chartered has enabled me to contribute to enhancing the overall status of the arboricultural profession, which is very important to me.”
Tracy Clarke MICFor

Latest news

24/09/2021

Members should be aware of some recent amendments to Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreements in relation to the England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO). These amendments come after the collective wor...

24/09/2021

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News Consultation Responses It has been a busy month for policy at the Inst...

22/09/2021

A consultation was launched on 21 September 2021 to inform a new plant biosecurity strategy for Great Britain.  This GB-wide consultation is directly relevant to anyone who has an interest in, and re...

16/09/2021

The Scottish Forestry Trust recently announced the appointment of four new Trustees, including two Chartered members of the Institute, who will take up their posts on 1st January 2022. Established in ...

14/09/2021

One of our greatest strengths as a professional body is our UK-wide remit and responding to consultations is an important way to influence policy and develop partnerships. We recently submitted a resp...

10/09/2021

Announced in a speech in the House of Lords by the Minister of State for the Environment, Lord Goldsmith, the Soil Health Action Plan (SHAPE) will help restore the health of England's soils and will c...

06/09/2021

After the Royal Forestry Society's Excellence in Forestry awards for 2020 were delayed due to the pandemic, judging was able to take place in 2021 after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and the wi...

01/09/2021

Announced on 31 August, the Government's Tree Health pilot will support action against pests and diseases in ash, sweet chestnut, larch and spruce trees in England. The findings from the three-year pi...

27/08/2021

Beavers are being reintroduced in the UK after being hunted to extinction 400 years ago. A consultation launched by Defra on Wednesday 25 August is seeking views on the proposed approach to the furthe...

23/08/2021

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News EWCO In late July, we held an event hosted by the Forestry Commission ...

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