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

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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...


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As a member of the Forestry and Climate Change Partnership (FCCP), we are delighted to have come together with fellow forestry, conservation and government organisations to reaffirm our commitment to ...


Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News On 14 June we met with Scotland’s Education Minister Jamie Hepburn t...


On Monday 20 June Chartered Forester Max Hislop MICFor of the Clyde Climate Forest gave evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Land Use. The Institute's Executive Director, Shireen Chamber...


On Tuesday 14 June, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor and Jemima Cooper met Jamie Hepburn, Scottish Minister for Higher Education, Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, at Holyrood to talk about...

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