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


Despite the ongoing challenges of the global pandemic, the Institute has had another remarkable year. We have picked out some of this year's highlights: 122 new members joined in 2021 1960 members and...


Last month, we sent our position paper on the forestry skills crisis to leaders across the country. The paper cited projected workforce shortages, a crisis in further and higher education and the lack...


We have received another response on the back of our position paper on the skills crisis. Edwin Poots MLA, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister in Northern Ireland, has sent a letter of...


Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News Our Position Paper on the Forestry Skills Shortage Last month we launc...


We are pleased to have received another response to our position paper, Can’t See the Skills for the Trees, this time from Scotland's Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform, Màiri M...


According to Defra, the UK's new environmental legislation leads the way on a global level, aiming to improve air and water quality, tackle waste, increase recycling, halt the decline of species, and ...


Our position paper on the serious skills shortage in our sector has received another response from the UK Government. Alex Burghart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills, from the Depa...


In early October, we sent this position paper to Ministers across the UK detailing our serious concerns about the skills shortage in our sector, which we believe puts climate targets at risk. The pape...


After a pledge for more collaboration between professional institute's at the Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 conference at the start of the year, our Executive Director, Shireen Chambers MB...


Rapid environmental change seriously threatens the health of our trees and woods. Now five award winning woodlands in England are being held up as outstanding examples of adaptation to climate change....

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