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


Held in Cornwall in June 2021, the G7 Leaders’ Summit brought together leading democracies to help the world build back better, and greener, from the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders from Canada, France, ...


In May we appointed two new Institute Representatives – Sonia Lorenzo Martín MICFor on the England Woodland Biodiversity Group and Robert South MICFor on the Woodland Carbon Code Advisory Board. ...


Lantra, with the support of the Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh Government and Confor, have commissioned a study to review the level of skills and training at this pivotal mome...


Launched alongside the England Trees Action Plan, the Forestry Commission's England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) opened for applications on 9 June as part of the government's Nature for Climate Fund...


After five years as Chief Executive Officer of the Arboricultural Association (AA), Stewart Wardrop has announced his retirement and John Parker MICFor, the AA's current Technical Director, will take ...


The Woodland Carbon Guarantee (WCaG) is a £50 million Forestry Commission scheme that was established to accelerate woodland planting rates and develop the domestic market for woodland carbon for the...


Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor, Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, met with the CEOs of a number of our fellow professional bodies working in the natural and built environment se...


Launched to protect England's forests, the ‘Growing the future: 2021-26’ plan highlights Forestry England’s response to the biodiversity crisis, changing climate and link between people and natu...


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 This month has seen a flurry of act...


After the virtual event to launch the England Trees Action Plan earlier this week, the Institute's Executive Director, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor, has written to George Eustice, UK Environment Secret...

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