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Women in Forestry: Rachel Chamberlain FICFor

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March, we interviewed a number of our female members who are excelling in our profession. Rachel Chamberlain FICFor is a Forest Planning Team Leader at Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales.

What do you love most about your job?

In these days of environmental awareness, working in a sector that is sustainable and really is thinking about the future rather than just talking about it.

Why choose forestry?

I loved the idea of working outside, although these days I tend to be more desk bound and the idea of a practical role that supports the rural economy and environment.

How can ICF support women in forestry and arboriculture?

More promotion, particularly using younger female members, to demonstrate that forestry uses a range of skills such as communications, planning, and analysis and help to change the perception that it’s about tweeds and shooting sticks.

What can professional organisations like the ICF do to attract a more diverse workforce?

By ICF having a diverse workforce but also continuing to use women, particularly younger ones, in its promotional material.

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