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ISSUE 31

AUGUST 2015

From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

After some of the wettest days on record this July, we all look forward to the sunshine returning for the rest of August; wishful thinking perhaps!

As you will see in our latest roundup of cross-industry news, the sector continues to create new collaborative links with the purpose of advancing knowledge, standards and interest in trees. The Woodland Trust has launched an initiative to combat the devastating effects of ash dieback, by providing 1000 ‘Disease recovery packs’. Together with the Forestry Commission the Trust has also funded the latest survey into British Woodlands.

Such topics will no doubt be discussed at next month’s Amenity Conference at Warwick University. This year we’ve chosen a range of themes from the ‘Urban forest’ to the ‘rooting environment’ and ‘Biomechanics’, which will ensure our delegates have a comprehensive experience. I hope to see many of you there, and if you have any thoughts or ideas to share with us then do come and chat.

Look out for the latest Arb Magazine which will hit doorsteps soon, we’ve given it a bit of a facelift!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
– AGM SEPTEMBER 21 2015

It’s that time of year when we prepare for the AGM; a meeting at which we review the last 12 months’ achievements and our financial performance for the preceding year 2014. Please look out for communications about this. As a member it’s really important that you have an understanding and awareness of what the AA has been doing and have a say in our future direction. We will be sending out an invite to the AGM w/c 17th with the accompanying papers and proxy voting papers. With so much mail hitting our desks it’s easy to miss this or lose it without knowing to junk mail; so please check your inboxes to ensure that important e-mails from the Arboricultural Association have not gone astray.

Make your nomination count!

NOMINEES FOR COMMITTEE POSITIONS

Finally, one last request if I may. We are seeking nominees to stand on our Committees; Media and Communications, Education and Training and Professional. If you can devote 4 days a year to attending these in a voluntary capacity, to share your experience and make a contribution to Arboriculture and its practice and recognition in the UK then please complete the nominations form. The closing date for nominations will be 4 September 2015: NOMINATION FORM >>

Karen Martin

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The 49th National Amenity Conference – Sustainability and the Urban Forest at the University of Warwick 20-23 September 2015

2015 AMENITY CONFERENCE

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDING SOON

20–23 September 2015 – The University of Warwick

The final touches have been put in place for the AA National Amenity Conference 2015 with delegates, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors booking up fast ahead of the early bird discount deadline on 19th August. Make sure you book now to avoid missing out on up to 20% savings on your conference package!

As part of a new format for 2015, Wednesday afternoon will feature some of our international speakers leading practical ‘masterclass’ workshops on a host of subjects from pruning to root structure and biomechanics.

Join the BUZZ on Twitter #Arbconference15

Along with our fantastic line-up of Keynote speakers announced last month, we have a great variety of sessions throughout the course of the event. We’d need a whole e-news to list everything on offer, so here is a small sampling. On Monday morning Matthew Wells will discuss using tree diversity to build a sustainable urban forest, and in the afternoon Paul Barber will speak on accurate tree health diagnosis and monitoring. Tuesday’s morning session will feature Jill Butler’s presentation on the rooting environment which will address the need for a better understanding of this largely hidden but essential life support system to enable trees to be resilient to future threats. For the complete line-up and speaker profiles visit the AA website.

• With up to 40 exhibitors in the Gallery Exhibition Hall
• State-of-the-art facilities
• Extensive lecture halls, amenities and accommodation
• Easily accessible by road and rail
• Social events including
  – Conference dinner
  – Wine reception
  – Sunday field trip to Stoneleigh Abbey
  – Networking
• AGM

See the latest list of exhibitors here: EXHIBITORS >>

Up to 22 hours CPD available

Visit our Conference pages for the complete list of speakers and more information.

Book your place now: DOWNLOAD THE BOOKING FORM >>

A total of 22 CPD hours are available at the conference, they break down as follows:
Sunday Field Trip: 3 CPD hrs
Monday: 6 CPD hrs
Tuesday: 7 CPD hrs
Wednesday: 6 CPD hrs

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The ARB Show 2016 at Westonbirt – 3–4 June 2016

ARB SHOW 2016

Westonbirt The National Arboretum

3–4 June 2016

We’re pleased to announce the date for next year’s show, and we are sure you’ll all be glad to hear that we’ll be back in the spectacular surroundings of Westonbirt. Look out for more announcements at the start of 2016, we hope you’ll be able to join us to help us make it even more successful than this year’s event!

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AA Honorary Lifetime Award

ARBORICULTURAL ASSOCIATION HONORARY LIFETIME FELLOWSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

We are delighted to announce that the first recipients of the Honorary Lifetime Fellowship award are Dr Mark Johnston MBE and Mr Tony Kirkham. The award recognises individuals who are considered to have made a significant and positive impact to Arboriculture.

Tony is widely recognised for his longstanding contributions to arboriculture and horticulture whilst managing the plant collection at Kew gardens, along with his work in revising George Brown’s Pruning Trees Shrubs and Confiers. Dr Johnston is recognised for his significant contributions in shaping major urban forestry projects in Britain and Ireland, and the publications of Trees in Towns II and Trees in Towns and Cities, which are both important milestones in Urban Forestry literature.

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The NEW LOOK ARB Magazine cover

THE ARB MAGAZINE GETS A MAKEOVER!

Look out for the latest copy of the Arb Magazine which has finally been given a fresh new look cover. Inside the magazine remains as extensive as ever with features, news on Observatree, women and trees, Chesnut Gall wasp and a report from our Chairman Jago Keen on his visit to the Arboriculture Australia Conference 2015.

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Arboriculture and Climate Change - 3 November, London

ARBORICULTURE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

TUESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2015
LONDON
Member: £150
Non-member: £180

Following a successful run of events earlier in the year, we have set up a new Arboriculture and Climate Change date in London at the Country Land and Business Association. Focusing on urban tree resilience, this course is a must for those involved in the practical management options and in understanding and mitigating climate change.

BOOK NOW >>

OTHER UPCOMING COURSES:

Professional Tree Inspection – 3 day course

9 – 11 September – Penkridge, Staffordshire – Member: £425 | Non-member: £495
OTHER DATES IN: Wokingham, Preston, Chelmsford, Norwich and Cornwall
BOOK NOW >>

     

Risk Assessment for Commercial Arboriculture

10 September – Budleigh Salterton, Devon – Member: £110 | Non-member: £175
OTHER DATES IN: East Sussex, Preston
BOOK NOW >>

     

ROLO for Arborists

15 September – Flimwell, East Sussex – Member: £110 | Non-member: £175
OTHER DATES IN: Chelmsford, Tonbridge, Ponteland, Stoneleigh
BOOK NOW >>

Tree Lined Routes and the Linear Forest

TREE LINED ROUTES AND THE LINEAR FOREST

The Treework Seminar Series returns at Kew Gardens 25th November. The popular seminar series explores the potential of the linear forest as green lungs, ecosystem, aesthetic heritage and economic asset. The seminar will engage UK organisations including Highways England. The AA and ICF are both Associates of the initiative.

BOOK NOW >>

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TREES AND THE LAW IN SCOTLAND

The first Trees and the Law event to be held in Scotland welcomed around 100 delegates to the illustrious setting of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. AA Registered Consultant and Chartered Forester Jeremy Barrell set out the Duty of Care framework and highlighted the pertinent guidance available to tree managers, followed by a review of relevant legal judgements and inquest verdicts. Charles Mynors then provided an authoritative overview of the relevant legal principles, recent cases and legislation, covering issues from ownership to damage and liability and statutory tree protection among others. The event was a well organised and incredibly informative seminar and thanks go to Positioning Resources, Pear Technology, the Tree Consultancy Group and Infra Green for sponsoring the day’s event.

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Help the AA avoid your spam filter

EMAIL – CHECK YOUR INBOXES

Whilst the Arb Magazine remains an important part of the communication process for the association, we also send you information as emails, particularly when we need to provide information quickly and efficiently.

We are aware that some email clients like Outlook are deploying more sophisticated tools such as ‘Clutter’ to filter out some regular correspondence and that some important emails from the Association may not be getting through to you. For most email clients the solution is to whitelist or add the AA as a contact in your contacts directory and if you have not already done so we would suggest that the following addresses are in your address book:

membership@trees.org.uk
training@trees.org.uk
admin@trees.org.uk
arbac@trees.org.uk
enews@trees.org.uk
marketing@trees.org.uk

You can find information about whitelisting for the most popular email clients here:
READ MORE >>

Please be assured that we endeavour to only provide you with information that is timely and relevant – and that we expect to deliver communications in an even more targeted manner as our new marketing tools become available later this year.

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TRAINING:
ESSENTIAL TO BOOK EARLY

The AA is constantly endeavouring to improve its offer of training courses and 2015 is no exception with a number of new courses available. But it is essential that you BOOK EARLY to ensure that these courses can go ahead. As a general rule of thumb, we need a minimum number of bookings a month before the course date so we can avoid cancellation and disappointment. So please get in early and book your course.
VISIT OUR TRAINING PAGES >>

DON’T FORGET:
ALL TRAINING COURSES CAN BE BOOKED ONLINE.
IT’S QUICKER, IT’S EASIER!
WWW.TREES.ORG.UK/TRAINING >>

Scafel Lite – Arbortec forest wear

BRANCH NEWS

SOUTH EAST BRANCH

AN INTRODUCTION TO FUNGI – A WORKSHOP FOR ARBORISTS

SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER
WAKEHURST PLACE, ARDINGLY

Presented by Lisa Sanderson and John Harraway

Lisa Sanderson, an internationally experienced teacher and lecturer in arboriculture, and John Harraway, an arboricultural consultant will share their knowledge on Fungi, their role, strategies, detection and a practical demonstration using the Picus 3 and IML Resistograph PD series.

Places cost £50.
READ MORE >>

BOOK NOW >>

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VISUAL TREE ASSESSMENT FOR ARBORISTS

A workshop with Jack Kenyon

SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER 2015
EXBURY GARDENS, EXBURY, HAMPSHIRE

This popular workshop provides an excellent introduction to the art of visual tree assessment (VTA) and is a great opportunity to improve existing VTA skills, learning from a legendary arboriculturist, within one of the finest woodland gardens in the country.

Places cost: £50
BOOK NOW >>

CROSS-INDUSTRY NEWS

Woodland Survey

BRITISH WOODLAND SURVEY 2015 IS NOW LIVE

FUNDED BY THE FORESTRY COMMISSION AND WOODLAND TRUST

Preliminary findings will be announced at the Royal Forestry Society/Woodland Trust conference on Resilience on October 1st. Take the survey here: TAKE THE SURVEY >>

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KEW GARDENS LITERARY FESTIVAL – ‘WRITE ON KEW’

Thursday 24 to Monday 28 September 2015
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TRAILBLAZER APPRENTICESHIP SURVEY RESULTS PUBLISHED

READ MORE >>

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SECTOR MAKES JOINT PLEDGE TOWARDS RESILIENT FOREST

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WOODLAND TRUST WARNS OVER CONSEQUENCES OF ASH DIEBACK


READ MORE >>

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R2 Register

R2 REGISTER OF TREE WORK OPERATIVES

R2 which provides a home for career progression is live. Visit www.r2register.co.uk and get registered!

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Confor Woodland Show 2015

CONFOR WOODLAND SHOW 2015

10 – 11 SEPTEMBER
LONGLEAT ESTATE

The show alternates with Confor's APF exhibition and provides an excellent platform for those working in the industry to meet, buy and sell www.conforwoodlandshow.org.uk/

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STUDENT AWARD OFFERS CAREER BOOST TO FORESTRY & ARBORICULTURE GRADUATES

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Simon Toomer

ARBORETUM DIRECTOR SIMON TOOMER DEPARTS AFTER 15 YEARS

After 15 years working for the Forestry Commission at Westonbirt Arboretum, Simon Toomer recently moved to the National Trust to take up the position of National Specialist for Plant Conservation. The new role will see him return to the world of plants but with a national brief over England, Wales and Northern Ireland and over 200 of the Trusts gardens whose plants are a product of over 300 years of plant collection and cultivation. We’d like to thank Simon for all his help in the Arb Show’s move to Westonbirt and wish him well for the future.

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ISA BOARD CERTIFIED MASTER ARBORIST EXAM TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

DOWNLOAD >>

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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CONSULTING ARBORISTS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

2 – 5 DECEMBER
TUSCON, ARIZONA

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