The ICF is Delighted with the Appointment of Sir William Worsley as the Tree Champion
16 June 2018
The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has welcomed the news that Sir William Worsley has become the ‘Tree Champion’ to expand England’s forest and woodland cover. The appointment has been made by Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP and follows through on a commitment made in Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan.
Sir William’s passion for trees was evident when ICF interviewed him for its Chartered Forester magazine in 2016, just after he became Chair of the National Forest Company, so applauds that such an advocate has been appointed in this role.
Andy Lederer, ICF’s Development Director, said:
“The appointment of Sir William Worsley as the Tree Champion is great news. The role will help to promote increasing woodland creation and planting across England. One of Sir William’s challenges will be to promote the value – and need for investment – in local authority tree management across urban and peri-urban areas to ensure we maintain and increase canopy cover to the benefit of future generations.”
Shireen Chambers FICFor, ICF’s Executive Director, said the biggest challenge facing forestry is “a disconnect between a growing awareness of the importance of trees and the fiscal and political support for meaningful land use change in England.”
ICF professional member Jeremy Barrell FICFor, Director at Barrell Tree Consultancy, said:
“There is strong anecdotal evidence and improving research evidence to confirm that urban canopy cover is declining around the world, and that is certainly my experience in Britain.
“Successive UK governments have failed to recognise the threat and act to reverse the adverse impact on ordinary people.
“The announcement of a National Tree Champion is the best chance there has ever been to formally recognise and introduce the importance of urban trees into mainstream built-environment management. These are exciting times and I will be doing all I can to support and promote this long overdue initiative.”
The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) are a Licensed Body of the Society, enabling them to offer the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registration to their members.