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Message from the CEO

As I greet each new month of my first 12 months as CEO, there is always something new to learn and to understand. Over the last few weeks it’s been the Annual Report and Summary Accounts, which by the time you read this should have been sent to you electronically. Do read them. They provide a really valuable insight into the workings of the Association – your Association – in terms of what has been achieved in the last 12 months by the Trustees and those volunteers who sit on the Committees and Working Parties, what we have achieved at HQ on behalf of arboriculture and our members, and how the money has been derived and spent during 2012. The document may look dull and boring: it’s anything but. Thanks to everyone concerned.

Meanwhile, the search continues to find a Trustee Treasurer. If you know anyone who is a qualified management accountant, interested in trees and the environment, prepared to give about 15 days a year and who may be interested in this role, please do encourage them to talk to us and consider an application.

Finally, all the best to the guys in Scotland for their Climb a Mile event this coming Saturday, 10 August 2013, at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.

Karen Martin

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The AA’s 47th National Amenity Conference – ‘Managing the Urban Forset’ - 8-11 September 2013, Exeter University

AA’s 47th National Conference at Exeter University – ‘Managing the Urban Forest’

The urban forest provides countless benefits to the population at large: attractive landscapes and streetscapes, screening, recreational and social space, and potential health and well-being. As tree professionals and practitioners, we need to remain educated, informed and connected to the latest thinking, research and opportunities.

The AA’s 47th Annual Conference on 8–11 September 2013 draws together five key themes to provide you with the knowledge and opportunities to develop professionally and personally your understanding of management issues within the context of the urban forest.

As well as being able to attend there are a number opportunities available to promote your business. If you are interested in exhibiting or becoming a sponsor, visit our exhibitor and sponsorship page on the AA website.

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Invitation to take part in the AA Membership Survey and FREE Prize Draw

Complete the AA’s online survey for a chance to …

Win a Stihl MS 150 T-CE chainsaw or a full residential place at the National Conference 2013 or a £400 donation to a charity of your choice.

As the arboricultural sector in the UK continues to grow, it is increasingly important for us to understand how best to communicate and develop the services and benefits we offer members of the AA and the wider arb community.

By completing the AA’s survey, not only will you get the chance to win one of the great free draw prizes but you will be helping to ensure that member benefits, training, accreditation, online support, education and government consultation are all directed in ways that really support what you want to achieve in your job or your business.

It will only take a few minutes to complete the survey and your views are really important to us – Good luck in the prize draw!

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Nominations for AA committees and trustees

Thanks are due to those who responded to our request for nominations for AA committee members and trustees. Keep watching your inbox because we will be sending out further details re voting shortly.

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Climb A Mile participants 2011

Climb a Mile 2013

Saturday 10 August, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

The Arboricultural Association Scottish Branch is climbing a mile in relay on Saturday through a series of 20m ascents of a cedar tree at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, to raise money for Help for Heroes. The charity provides a valuable support network for our wounded and their families, and it seems fitting that the tree care industries, which employ many ex-armed forces personnel, should support Help for Heroes by raising funds to assist those injured on our behalf. We need as many competent climbers and sponsors as possible to help achieve this goal and to better the £2000 raised at the 2011 event. Please contact Paul Hanson for further info or to express your interest: paul@arboretum-intl.com, 07968 751408.
READ MORE >> or to make a donation VISIT THE WEBSITE >>

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The National Forest Wood Fair 2012

AA Midlands Branch at
The National Forest Wood Fair

Monday 26 August, Beacon Hill Country Park

AA Midlands Branch will be representing the Association at the National Wood Fair and sharing a stand this year with the Ancient Tree Forum, which will provide a great opportunity for discussion on a variety of topics with industry specialists. It would be great if anyone attending could pop over to the stand, and if you want to be involved, contact Midlands Branch Secretary Lesley Adams at Symbiosis Consulting: lesley@symbiosis.gb.com.

With a full programme of demonstrations, ‘have a go’ woodcraft sessions and children’s fun and games, the National Forest Wood Fair guarantees to keep both adults and children entertained all day on August Bank Holiday Monday!

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2013 Ride for Research, London

Join the AA’s Karen Martin on the 2013 Ride for Research in London

Fund4Trees (F4T) is pleased to announce that it is now a registered charity. It will provide an over-arching structure to deliver a range of different charitable initiatives. One example is the already established Ride for Research.

Applications are now open to those wishing to take part in the second 2013 Ride for Research – so come and join Karen and other riders from the AA and beyond. The 25-mile circular route from Kew Gardens (on designated cycle ways) will take place on 23 October. We’ll be stopping at three schools to plant trees with pupils. A major focus of the school visits will be environmental education. The ride is open to foresters, arboriculturists and anyone interested in trees and the environment. If you don’t want to ride yourself but would like to volunteer to support the 2013 Ride for Research, please let us know how you may be able to help.

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Claus Mattheck Workshop

Claus Mattheck Workshop

Symbiosis Consulting is arranging a workshop with Claus Mattheck in the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve in northern Germany this autumn and a limited number of places are still available. The workshop will be held on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 October and consist of one day of indoor lectures followed by a field study day in the protected reserve, which is Claus’s favourite VTA teaching trail. Whilst Claus will cover his well-established work on VTA, there will be a particular focus on his current research into unpredictable branch failure due to lateral grain and the development of a new branch attachment model.

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CAS – Professional Amenity Tree Valuation

Professional Amenity Tree Valuation

10–11 October 2013
Mugdock Country Park, Craigallian Road, Mugdock G62 8EL

The Consulting Arborist Society, in association with the Arboricultural Association, is offering this unique two-day seminar focusing on how assets are valued and looking at the history of amenity tree valuation in the UK. The seminar will review each of the four main valuation methods, assessing the strengths and limitations of each. The application of tree valuation will be explored with specific reference to court decisions.


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The BS 8545 draft document

BS 8545 Trees: from nursery to independence in the landscape – Recommendations

Draft out for public comment

Review published: 18 June 2013
Review end date: 31 August 2013

Draft Scope: This British Standard gives recommendations for transplanting young trees successfully from the nursery, through to achieving their eventual independence in the landscape. This British Standard applies to trees where a distinct crown has been prepared in the nursery. It does not apply to whips, transplants and seedlings, or to other woody material. Please view the draft on the BSI website: drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/Details/51280. Encourage others in the industry to take a look and comment by responding directly on the BSI website. The Arboricultural Association has been provided with a PDF version of the draft document so that you can review the complete standard before making comments.

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Oak Processionary Nest © Raplh Parks/Forestry Commission

Image: © Ralph Parks/Forestry Commission

Don’t touch OPM nests warning

Residents and visitors to south and west London and Pangbourne in Berkshire are being reminded not to touch the nests which oak processionary caterpillars could be building in oak trees in these areas. They are also being alerted to protect animals from the nests, and to report sightings to the Forestry Commission or local councils.

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Forestry Commission and Woodlands Advisory Committee seek nominations

The Forestry Commission is recruiting across a number of interest groups for committees throughout England. Please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested or who may know others that are.

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Ash Dieback update

Fruiting bodies on blackened fallen leaf stalks

Ash dieback update

The Forestry Commission (FC) has produced a new Advisory Note aimed at owners and managers of ash woodland and trees which were planted during the past 20 years. The FC has asked the AA and other organisations to forward the note to members who might have management responsibility for ash woodland or other ash plantings. The FC says spreading the information will be a valuable contribution to its efforts to gather information about the incidence of Chalara dieback of ash with which to inform the national Chalara management plan.

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Makita backs new R2 chainsaw skills register

Makita UK has become the main sponsor of the new R2 tree worker skills register. The register is being created by an industry steering group that includes the Arboricultural Association, Bartlett Tree Experts, the International Society of Arboriculture UK and Ireland Chapter, Glendale Countryside, AM Lane Ltd, Landex Colleges and Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries. The group is chaired by Jaime Bray of Treetop Arboriculture.

The R2 Register of Tree Work Operatives, whose aim is to professionalise the arboricultural industry, is an innovative online register of operatives’ skills, qualifications and experience. It supports individuals to gain recognition for their skills and professional growth, and make these skills more visible to employers. It also helps employers and contractors manage skill levels within their workforce and acts as a selling aid by projecting the industry qualifications of their staff to potential clients.

To follow the progress of R2, connect using social media:

R2 on Twitter @R2_Online
R2 on Facebook Register-of-Tree-Work-Operatives-R2
R2 on LinkedIn Register of Tree Work Operatives (R2)
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Tree P&D continue to move up political agenda

Defra’s Chief Plant Heath Officer Martin Ward has given an update on the initial stages of work on a formal risk register, one of the recommendations made by the independent Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce. Key pests and diseases were identified through a series of meetings with expert groups and will form the basis of the risk register, the first phase of which should be ready in the autumn. READ MORE about the AA’s involvement in work on the register in the new ARB Magazine (out this week) and see the Defra website for more details.

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Institute of Horticulture Logo

Grant of a Royal Charter to the Institute of Horticulture

The Institute of Horticulture (IoH) has announced that Her Majesty the Queen has granted it a Royal Charter. The Institute’s Royal Charter will come into legal effect when it is sealed by the Crown Office at the House of Lords. It is expected that this will be completed in the New Year 2014.

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Professor Julian Evans OBE, President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF)

ICF president takes leading role in forest science and innovation

Professor Julian Evans OBE, President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), has been appointed by the Forestry Commission (FC) as chair of a new Expert Committee on Forest Science established to support the delivery of the Science and Innovation Strategy (SIS). His appointment follows an open selection process in May and the FC will shortly be issuing a call for notifications from others interested in joining Julian on the committee.

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Forestry Commission Urban Woodland Landscape Design Course

Venue: Risley Moss Local Nature Reserve, Ordnance Avenue, Birchwood, Warrington, WA3 6QX
Date: 24–25 September

The course is based on the UK Forestry Standard and Landscape Guidelines and looks in detail at the landscape guideline principles (shape, scale, landform, enclosure, diversity, unity and spirit of place). Through a series of exercises and workshops that focus on the landscape and visual impact of woodlands and forests, the course uses the development of a design for new woodland to practise the taught content before applying this to the management of an existing woodland. For further information contact: Roger Worthington roger.worthington@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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Peter Thurman introduces

Designing and working with trees

11 September at Barcham Trees

This event will include pest and disease updates, pruning techniques, planting advice, a Q&A session – plus a guided walk through the trees on the Barcham nursery. To book your place, email natasha@barchamtrees

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Big Tree Plant

Big Tree Plant: last round of funding

Community groups are invited to apply to the Big Tree Plant’s final funding round by 30 August 2013. The aim of the Big Tree Plant is to plant 1 million new trees by 2015, supported by £4m of grant funding from the Forestry Commission. So far 152 individual projects have been funded through the grant scheme and funding already allocated to plant almost 965,000 trees. Of these trees, over 475,000 have been planted to date. Local groups have identified over £7m of match funding to deliver their projects. About 70% of trees in the Big Tree Plant programme will be planted in the country’s most deprived and least green areas. The trees must be planted with landowner permission in open spaces, neighbourhoods or on streets that are open to all to visit or where local people will benefit from them.


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Assistant Arboricultural Consultant

Wharton Arboriculture is a small, professional and progressive consultancy company based on a country estate south of Stratford upon Avon. As a result of our continued commitment and increased client base we are seeking to appointment an Assistant Arboricultural Consultant. The new position is aimed at a self-motivated, professional individual with good communication skills who wants to both develop their career within arboriculture and related fields and also assist with business development and delivery of our key services.

For full job details and skills required, please see our full advertisement on the AA website.

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