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The AA's 50th National Amenity Conference – 4-7 September 2016

50th National Amenity Conference
‘Planning for the Future’

Only 3 weeks to go!

Places are still available for the Arboricultural Association’s 50th National Amenity Conference at Keele University

Conference themes and chairs

  • Urban Tree Management
    de Gouret Litchfield
  • Tree Health
    Jon Banks
  • Planning and Development
    Baroness Kate Parminter
  • Natural Capital and Infrastructure
    Robert Huxford
  • Arboricultural Practice
    David Dowson
  • Tree Risk Management
    Stephanie Hall

Conference 2016 offers delegates an exclusive opportunity to gain insight into the latest research and developments from a range of subjects across the sector.

The array of speakers scheduled will provide delegates with a comprehensive understanding of new research and developments across 6 key themes: Urban Tree Management and Tree Health (Monday sessions), Planning and Development & Natural Capital and Infrastructure (Tuesday sessions), Arboricultural Practice and Tree Risk Management (Wednesday Sessions).

Detailed case studies, research and findings will reveal new techniques and open up fresh possibilities in how we plan for the future of our Trees and their management. From improving urban resilience through tree selection and Collaboration in planning and development, to the application of i-Tree software in research, management and education, there’s a wealth of new knowledge on offer.

Easy online booking!


The spacious Gallery Exhibition Hall will house up to 40 exhibitor stands offering a wide range of products and services.

Special Conference Events

  • AA AGM Monday 5 September 6pm
  • Tree Planting Tuesday 6 September
  • Annual Conference Dinner Tuesday 6th September
  • After Dinner Speaker James Ogilvie ‘Who says there aren’t any trees in Antarctica?
  • Pest and Disease Campus Walkabouts with Ana Perez-Sierra of Forest Research

Don’t miss our on an unmatched range of
International Speakers

Booking options >>

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The AA's annouces Biosecurity Position Statement

Arboricultural Association Announces Biosecurity Position Statement

We are pleased to introduce the Arboricultural Association’s final position statement for our members and the wider industry regarding biosecurity and associated issues.

The statement has been developed by a team of AA members from different sectors and aims to be relevant to all those working with trees, whether in a practical, tree management or consultancy role.

The introduction and broadcasting of these principles are important developments and will pave the way for the production of further detailed guidance for the industry. It also supports the work already being undertaken by many of our members in raising awareness of biosecurity issues, threats and controls.

These basic but essential biosecurity principles are supported by: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Forestry Commission, Institute of Chartered Foresters, National Association of Tree Officers, Trees & Design Action Group, Society of Garden Designers, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Read the FULL statement >>
Download the Statement >>
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Committee Nominations and Trustee Voting 2016

We are still seeking nominations for Committee positions and are receiving votes for Trustee positions.

Committee Nominations

To become a committee member you do not have to be any specific age or gender, or come from any particular area of arboriculture to play an active part in the Association, we simply ask that you will commit to give us your time and energy to help us achieve our aims:

  • Inspiring society to understand the value of amenity trees
  • Influencing decision makers to value, secure, fund and promote amenity trees
  • mproving an understanding of trees and their environment

As a Committee member you will input to advice to the Board and contribute to key deliverable and focused projects.

As a membership organisation our members are engaged in the widest range of activities across a variety of sectors; civic, commercial, utility and academic. It is important that the Board and Committees reflect this.

The closing date for committee nominations is – Friday 19th August 2016.

Please e-mail kay@trees.org.uk if you are interested in becoming a committee member.

Trustee Voting

The closing date for proxy votes for trustees – 5.00pm, Friday 30th August 2016. Otherwise your vote can be taken on Monday 5th September at 6.00pm at the annual AGM, Keele University.

Download Voting Slip >>

If you have any questions regarding either committee nominations or proxy voting for trustees, please e-mail kay@trees.org.uk.

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All-Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group

Westminster Trees Event

Events like recent tour of the trees of the parliamentary estate are helping to develop closer ties between Parliamentarians and the sector. June’s event has contributed to a wider awareness of the size and skill base of the Arboricultural sector within the government and public, this continues to be a key area of focus. The tree tour has also received a mention in The Guardian in Patrick Barkham’s Wildlife Notebook: ‘MPs should better grasp the value of trees after arboriculturist Kenton Rogers surveyed the 124 trees growing around parliament. This modest greenery stores 40 tonnes of carbon, removes 74kg of pollution and produces 1.4 tonnes of oxygen each year. The only thing it can’t prevent is the production of hot air’**.

** Source: The Guardian

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Plane Tree Wilt

Arboricultural Association in the news

Chairman Jago Keen comments on Plane Tree Wilt


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Looking for Young Arborists for new BBC tv programme

BBC Programme

Know a charismatic young Arborist who’d be good on Telly?
Nominate them!

A company producing a new programme for the BBC has asked us to give them details of young arborists who could be featured in the show.

Please e-mail stephen@trees.org.uk with your nominations and we’ll pass on your information.

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New series of UK events for the Assessment of Tree orks in collaboration with Myerscough College

NEW Assessment of Tree Forks – Convenient Dates and Locations Nationwide

Arboricultural Association branches, in association with Myerscough College, present this exclusive series of training courses instructed by Dr. Duncan Slater.

Do you know how a branch is attached to the trunk of a tree?

If not, don’t you think you should?

This one-off run of events is primarily aimed at those who have experience working within the arboricultural industry but new entrants will also benefit from this course in terms of learning a method to assess junctions in the aerial parts of trees. Any arboricultural professional, including arborists, local authority tree officers, arboricultural consultants, tree surveyors, tree contractors and landscape architects. It may also be useful to arboricultural students, those interested in tree risk management, tree architecture or plant biomechanics.

These courses are a one off series, so please book now to avoid disappointment…

Members: £75 + VAT | Non-members: £110 + VAT


Choose a date from below and book your place now

23 August, Preston, Lancashire
24 August, Ponteland, Northumberland
25 August, York, Yorkshire
31 August, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
1 September, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
13 September, Edinburgh, Scotland

Find out more >>

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LinkedIn Technical Issue

Arboricultural Association LinkedIn

Due to technical issues, the Arboricultural Association LinkedIn individual account has been taken down. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to members who have now lost their connection with us. For now you can follow the Arboricultural Association company page at:


Updates will be posted to the company page, and we will set up new groups to replace the members and other groups which have been removed. To enable you to connect your LinkedIn account to the Association we will be setting up an ‘Arb Association CEO’ page in the next couple of weeks.

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Visit the AA at the APF Show 2016

AA prepares for APF Show 2016

APF 2016 will be held at the Ragley Estate, Warwickshire 15-17 September. The Arboricultural Association will be attending again, with 3 of the team from HQ, including 2 technical officers providing advice and guidance on all our services and on all things Arboriculture. Come and visit us at stand 15a Row F for a catch up and a grab some show deals on publications.


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10 October 2016
Book now >>

Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
Member: £140 – Non-member: £180 (plus VAT)
Presented by: Jeremy Barrell


11 October 2016
Book now >>

Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
Member: £140 – Non-member: £180 (plus VAT)
Presented by: Jeremy Barrell



27 September 2016
Wokingham, Berkshire
Member: £150 | Non-member: £180 (plus VAT)

Instructor: Andy Moffat.

Visit our website to book: Book now >>

15 November 2016
Preston, Lancashire
Member: £150 | Non-member: £180 (plus VAT)

Instructor: Andy Moffat.

Visit our website to book: Book now >>


For the latest list of courses for 2016 click here Training Courses >>

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FREE Virtual membership of the Utility Arboriculture Group (UAG)

REGISTER FREE to become a Virtual Member of the Utility Arboriculture Group

Simply send an email request to Arboricultural Association at uag@trees.org.uk

Receive regular email communication back with UAG Safety Bulletins and news about what the Group is aiming to achieve in 2016.

Find out more about the Utility Arboriculture Group



A busy year ahead

A busy year for the Scottish Branch continues following the Bat Conservation Trust/Lantra Bat Scoping Course and BS 5837 Seminars:

2-4 September 2016 – Scottish Branch stand and climbing Demonstrations at Dundee Flower Show

13 September 2016 – Assessment of Tree Forks with Dr. Duncan Slater at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

3 October 2016 – Seminar on Wood Decay with Dr Helen Read and Professor Lynne Boddy at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Late October – An excursion at Lochwood (Near Beattock), to look around and discuss the ancient oaks of Lochwood

28 January 2017 – Scottish Branch AGM – Venue and speakers to be confirmed

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If you would like to be involved with your local branch do check out the relevant section of the AA website for branch contact details



Fund4Trees London to Paris


London to Paris
‘Arboricultural Entente Cordiale’

A great account of the recent ride for research, by Reg Harris

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Tracey Clarke appointed as new Fund4Trees Trustee


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The Gall Wasp

Stay Alert to Chestnut Tree Pest

The Forestry Commission is asking people to join its tree health surveyors in keeping an eye out for an exotic pest.

Oriental chestnut gall wasp (OCGW), a pest of sweet chestnut trees first found in the UK in 2015, has been spotted in South-East England.

More detailed biosecurity guidance is available from the Forestry Commission website at www.forestry.gov.uk/biosecurity

For more on OCGW, including a guide to symptoms, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/gallwasp

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CSGN Releases ‘Growing Awareness Book

Europe’s largest greenspace initiative, the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN), has just released a visionary book which brings together the views of leading experts from across the globe, to inspire the transformation of central Scotland for future generations.

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'Neighborhood greenspace and health in a large urban center'

Journal paper based on research in Toronto and recently referenced in The New Yorker

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TED Talk on the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees...

Click to watch the video >>

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The Guardian 'Trees and their importance of their role in human history'

The Guardian on
Trees and their importance of their role in human history


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Go Nuts for HortAid

Go Nuts for HortAid

Do the Nuts Challenge or hold your own event!

The Go Nuts for HortAid Challenge takes place on Sunday 18 September in Dorking, Surrey. The iconic 5km muddy obstacle course is one of the most popular challenge events in the UK and Perennial is hoping to attract teams (of between 5 and 10 people) from across the horticulture industry to take part.

Fundraisers are encouraged to run, cycle, jump, climb, wade (through mud) or do whatever takes their fancy to raise much needed funds for the charity either by joining an organised challenge, or by holding their own fundraising event.

To find out more about and sign up to Go Nuts for HortAid or any of the other HortAid challenge events, visit www.hortaid.org.uk call Chris Crooker on 0800 093 8510 or email: hortaid@perennial.org.uk



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