Institute of Chartered Foresters

Putting Trees in the Hands of Experts

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is the Royal Chartered body for foresters and arboriculturists in the UK.

It provides services and support to its members; guidance to professionals in other sectors; information to the general public; and educational advice and training to students and tree professionals seeking to develop their careers in the forestry and arboricultural industry.

ICF regulates the standards of entry to forestry and arboriculture and offers professional qualifications to promote expertise in the tree and woodland management professions.

ICF works to foster a greater public awareness and understanding of the tree professions in order to serve a variety of commercial, recreational, environmental and scientific interests.

Foresters and Arboriculturists

The Institute has over 1,500 members who practice forestry, arboriculture and related disciplines in the private sector, central and local government, research councils and universities and colleges throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

All 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 otherwise and are bound by the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.


Institute of Chartered Foresters (formerly Society of Foresters of Great Britain) Est. 1925.

Institute of Chartered Foresters