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From the CEO

It’s Christmas, well nearly. We are putting up the tree in the office this afternoon and busy, busy, busy processing Scheme and membership renewals. For the team here at HQ December and January are certainly not quiet months. No complaint – membership in all quarters is growing which is fantastic news.

The focus for us now is on planning for 2014 and building upon the events and success of 2013, and with our 50th birthday celebrations planned the year ahead looks incredibly interesting. Amongst many things there will be another survey to listen to your views; those captured this year have been instrumental in determining what we develop and how we best meet member needs. Thank you again to those of you who responded.

May I also thank you all for your contribution and support of the Association in 2013. Your membership has enabled us reach out to others to share the value of Arboriculture, promote careers, understanding and the sustainable management of trees. On behalf of the Trustees and the team here at HQ may I wish you and your families best wishes for Christmas and the year ahead.

Karen Martin

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New AA Technical Officer – is it you?

2013 has seen a significant increase in profile for the Arboricultural Association. Following a review of members’ requirements, we are recruiting for a new post of Technical Officer to join the Head Office team in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.

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Keiron Hart one of the first successful applicants to be awarded AA Registered Consultant Accreditation since the launch of the new scheme

New AARC – Congratulations to Keiron Hart

Keiron Hart of Marishal Thompson has become the first successful applicant since the launch of the new Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant scheme. The Association would like to congratulate him on attaining this status, which is well deserved following his submission of an excellent portfolio of work.

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ICOP for Tree Work at Height – call for expressions of interest

The Industry Code of Practice for Tree Work at Height (ICOP) will set out the key principles, policies, planning and control of tree work at height and will be written for those engaged in managing aerial tree work. The ICOP will provide detailed guidance on a wide range of topics including standards, legislation, competencies, equipment, inspection, access and work systems. The AA has secured funding to commission the project and invites expressions of interest to tender for the authoring and/or peer reviewing of the ICOP document.

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The new R2 project website

R2 developments

As the R2 project marks its first anniversary, significant milestones have been reached thanks to the time invested by key volunteers in the arboriculture industry. This progress has also been made possible thanks to the growing number of businesses lending their support to the scheme.

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A chance for you to have your say on the AA Professional Committee

Have your say on Professional Committee

Do you want to support the achievement of the Association’s objectives and goals? The AA’s Professional Committee is looking for two new full members to complement the existing committee structure. The committee meets 4 times a year: click here for more information on the meeting dates for 2014. It works closely with HQ in delivering key pieces of work such as: improving communications, developing member benefits, overseeing training, and guiding the Consultants’ Working Group (CWG). Recently completed work on the Association’s behalf includes delivering the new appeals procedures and Fellowship application. If you can spare the time, contact HQ on 01242 522152 or email admin@trees.org.uk.

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AA conference 2014: call for papers

AA conference 2014: call for papers

We are calling for abstracts to inform the selection of speakers at the AA’s conference Applied Arboriculture: Healthy Trees, Healthy People. The deadline for submitting an abstract is 1 February 2014 but you are free to submit at any point until the deadline. If you have any questions concerning the abstract submission, please email Simon Richmond, the conference organiser, at simon@trees.org.uk.

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A golden year – 50 years and still growing strong

So what does 2014 hold for you? For the Arboricultural Association, 2014 is a milestone year, a golden year – so come with us and celebrate our 50th Anniversary. 50 years have seen much change within the Association and across the treescape which is viewed by the profession and the wider public.

50 years on from a meeting in the back room of a pub in May 1964, the Arboricultural Association is still thriving and continues to grow, now with over 2300 members, and is recognised as the largest and longest-established representative body for the arboricultural sector.

The founding fathers of the AA in 1964
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The Arboricultural Association 50th Anniversary Logo designed by Sam Watola

Anniversary logo

As all members will have seen in the winter ARB Mag (page 9) and on the free gifts sent with it, we have a new anniversary logo for 2014 only. The logo has been designed by graphic design student Sam Watola of the University of Bedfordshire.

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Use of logo

We are pleased to announce that the 50th Anniversary logo is available for use by all members on all forms of media from letterheads and email footers through to websites, social media and vehicle signwriting. The Association will be using the logo throughout 2014 on promotional literature and at marketing events. The logo can be downloaded from trees.org.uk in a number of different formats and the terms of use are on the same web page. We encourage all members to use this logo. Please also look out for #aa50 for all you Tweeters.

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Tag your 2014 diary

Dates for the 2014 diary

The Project 2014 Team has been working hard over the past 6 months to ensure that the 50th anniversary does not go unnoticed and a full list of events and details can be found on the AA website. Below are just a few of the events planned:

  • Tuesday 25 February – Press day and tree planting ceremony. All members will be welcome at this event
  • Tuesday 18 March – Tree planting event at Wakehurst
  • Don Wells memorial planting of a Lucombe oak at the Guy Chester Centre, North London
  • Tree adoption for the Founding Fathers of the Association at Hillier Nurseries
  • Friday 6 and Saturday 7 June – The ARB Show at the Bathurst Estate, Cirencester
  • 14–17 September – AA Conference – Applied Arboriculture: Healthy Trees, Healthy People at Royal Holloway, University of London

There will also be branch events going on throughout 2014, where members can be involved at a local level to celebrate this anniversary year.

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Help us create a timeline of 50 years of the Arboricultural Association

50 years past

In order to reflect on the success of the last 50 years, a timeline of key Association events, both local and national, is being compiled, and it will also include other events which have shaped the industry. We would welcome any stories/brief articles from members about how they became involved with the Association, details of specific events and also photographs which can be used – please send to ChairMedia@trees.org.uk. At the end of the year we will be compiling a book which celebrates what has been a remarkable half-century for the Association.

The 50th year of the Association is a time to reflect on what has been achieved but it is also, with our ever-changing environment and societal pressures, a time to look forward and to ensure that you as members are represented for the next 50 years. So come with us on this journey of celebration.


FRAXBACK seminar in London, 29 November 2013

FRAXBACK came to London

On 29 November Europe’s top scientists delivered a seminar on ash dieback at the Linnean Society, London. The conference provided British stakeholders with details of the experiences of ash dieback across Europe. Loss of ash is inevitable it seems, with young trees fairing worse than the old. The message is not to rush to remove ash, in the hope that some may prove resistant. Of note was the research using spore traps that found more at a low level and this concentration may be a cause of the lesions seen at or just above ground level (or it may be root infection). Factors such as wet ground seemed to pre-dispose trees to the disease but ash in mixed woodland seemed to be less susceptible. Where ash has been lost it is quickly replaced by other pioneer species. Follow this link for a snippet of the extensive science being discussed on the day.

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The Massaria disease of plane guide


The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) has produced a guidance document for tree managers providing a balanced and proportionate response to the problem of Massaria. The LTOA felt it was well placed to write this guidance after working with Treework Environmental Practice and the Arboricultural Association. The document provides a framework for understanding the problem affecting London planes, and for gathering and communicating evidence about the disease.

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Trees, People and the Built Environment II

Trees, People and the Built Environment II: open for bookings

The Trees, People and the Built Environment Conference II (2 & 3 April) is now open for bookings. Again hosted by the ICF as its National Conference 2014, Trees, People and the Built Environment continues its pan-industry partnership initiative between over 20 organisations representing professionals within the greenspace and built environment sectors.

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Preserving the Historic Road 2014

Call for Papers: If you are interested in presenting a paper at Preserving the Historic Road 2014, abstracts are now being accepted. The Ninth Biennial Preserving the Historic Road Conference will take place in Savannah, Georgia, on 26–28 September 2014 with a deadline for paper abstracts of 31 January 2014. For more information and details on submitting an abstract, visit: historicroads.org/


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Arboricultural Association Technical Officer – Is it You?

2013 has seen a significant increase in profile for the Arboricultural Association. Following a review of members’ requirements we are recruiting for a new post of Technical Officer to join the Head Office team in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.

Working alongside technical and administrative staff the successful candidate will hold appropriate technical and Health and Safety qualifications together with training and arboricultural sector experience.

This is a full-time post based at The Malthouse with some national travel to deliver and attend events.

Key Responsibilities

  • Providing technical advice to members
  • Supporting the development of existing and new training courses
  • Contribute to technical literature, standards and publications
  • Delivering training within relevant skill areas
  • Supporting the Arb AC scheme, including contractor assessments and pre-assessment workshops
  • Representing the association at AA events, meetings and external events

If you would like to join our small but dedicated team please click here for a detailed job description, or speak to Simon Richmond on 01242 522152.

Applications should be made by submitting your CV (stating current remuneration) and be accompanied by a covering letter to Simon Richmond, Senior Technical Officer by 16th December 2013.

Interviews will be held in early January 2014.

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Email simon@trees.org.uk  Web www.trees.org.uk


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