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.

Find out more about us

To serve members and society to promote and deliver the sustainable management of trees and woodlands throughout the UK.

A brief history of the Institute of Chartered Foresters The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) was founded in 1925 as the Society of Foresters of Great Britain.It became the Institute of Foresters in 1974 and was incorporated by Royal Charter…

Our staff Discover the people behind the Institute’s management, membership and marketing activities. Meet the team Governance Discover the people sitting on the Institute’s committees. Meet the Council Find out more about us Our Purpose Read our current Strategic Plan…

The Institute is made up of 2,000 members from across the UK and beyond. The Institute maintains a public register of our members and our online search facility allows you to verify an individual’s membership status. It does not provide…

North Scotland ChairClaire Wightman MICForSecretaryLuke Wilson South Scotland ChairNeil McKay MICForSecretaryTom Black MICFor North England ChairMartin Glynn FICFor CEnvSecretaryBillie-Jo Blackett MICFor Midlands ChairAndrew Powers MICForSecretaryCharles Robinson MICFor East England ChairRobert GreenSecretaryBen Hogben MICFor South East England ChairAlison Field FICForSecretaryGuy Stephens…

“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

10/05/2021

The Forestry Commission and Defra have opened the third round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund that will support the establishment of 44,000 large trees in towns and cities across England. Focussing o...

05/05/2021

Members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters have elected Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor as the new President. Sharon succeeds Alastair Sandels FICFor, who has completed two years in the role. Gera...

30/04/2021

Chris Packham, Joanna Lumley and Zoë Wanamaker are some of the celebrities backing an appeal that launched earlier this month to save a special forest in Ethiopia. Without urgent action, the Metema ...

26/04/2021

Our monthly policy roundup blog updates you on what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too. Institute Policy & Research New Website Launch We are really ex...

20/04/2021

The Institute’s Vice President, Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor, recently chaired a thought-provoking cross-sector debate on the importance of landscape architecture in woodland design. The event was...

06/04/2021

The Agriculture (Wales) White Paper set out the Welsh Government's plans for rural policy and support now that we have left the European Union. The White Paper noted the barriers to woodland creation ...

04/04/2021

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government consulted on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework. We worked with our partners, the Arboricultural Association and the Landscape ...

26/03/2021

This is an excellent video from BBC Earth on the importance of street trees featuring Associate member, Colleen O'Sullivan (London Tree Officers Association), and Trees, People and the Built Environme...

26/03/2021

The apprenticeship standards, launched in 2017 and 2018, are being reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and can meet the needs of our industries. To ensure we have the right workforce for the future...

03/03/2021

A consultation has been opened and we encourage members to comment on an Initial Revision Draft of UKWAS 5. The consultation draft has been prepared by a chamber-balanced working group reflecting econ...

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