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December 2014

From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

It’s been a really fantastic year for the Association with a growth in membership, Approved Contractors and in all our revenue streams – training, the Conference, attendance at the ARB Show and publications. Thank you to those of you who have been loyal members, some since we were set up in 1964, and a warm welcome to our new and returning members. We have been and will always be first and foremost, a membership organisation offering you a source of learning, status and community. 2015 will see us build still further upon these key areas guided by you and your needs and those within the sector. With cuts in local government spending probable in 2015 we need to be there to represent the value of and need for urban green spaces and the management of trees by skilled and competent practitioners: Tree Officers, Contractors and Consultants. Please keep us posted as to what is happening in your locality to help inform actions and representations we make.

For now may I wish you and your families a healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year and send my very best wishes for Christmas.

Karen Martin

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Membership - It’s time to renew for 2015

Renewing is easy…

Renewing your membership is quick and easy. Get the New Year off to the best start by ringing Jess from our membership team now to renew. It only takes a couple of minutes, so call 01242 522152. For more details of basic membership costs per grade… READ MORE >>

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Green Infrastructure Partnership

AA joins Green Infrastructure Partnership

The AA has joined the The Green Infrastructure Partnership (GIP). GIP aims to promote the value of green infrastructure, share research and, crucially, influence decision-makers. Set up by Defra in response to the 2011 Natural Environment White paper, the GIP currently has over 350 members and is growing. The membership is broad and includes landscape architects, planners, local authorities, local nature partnerships, health campaigners, academics, arboricultural officers, ecologists, urbanists, and many others active or interested in green infrastructure.

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BS 8545 Roadshow 2014

AA roadshow
comes up with
‘10 ideas to make a difference’

In November the AA ran a roadshow in partnership with the Trees and Design Action Group on BS 8545 and Trees in Hard Landscapes, at four venues around the UK: Exeter, York, Preston and Leicester. See the report on how effective they were and the actions arising from them…


2 million apprenticeships reached

If you would like to get involved with spreading the word go to…

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LTOA biosecurity statement highlights threat to plane trees

LTOA biosecurity statement highlights threat to plane trees

The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) has announced how it will deal with threats from tree pests and diseases, via a biosecurity statement. The statement uses the threats faced by London’s plane trees as case studies for biosecurity.

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Record numbers enjoy exam success at ICF

Congratulations to the record number of applicants who have successfully completed the Professional Membership Entry (PME) examinations at the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). Of 46 candidates who submitted for PME in 2014, 33 were this week awarded chartered status – a new high since the introduction of a revised exam format in 2003.

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European i-Tree Conference

12 March 2015, Alnarp, Sweden

The European i-Tree conference will discuss how i-Tree can be used in Europe and how it has been used around the world. Assessing urban tree resources and the ecosystem services and benefits these provide is crucial to urban forest management. i-Tree is a software suite from the USDA Forest Service (USA) that has been used since 2006 to calculate and economically valuate these ecosystem services. READ MORE about i-Tree and the conference.

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Ben Fanstone, 2014 Randle Travel Bursary winner who researched forestry in Kenya

Travel bursary helps those studying abroad

A call has gone out from the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) to those travelling independently to study woodlands or forests abroad to apply for a Donald Randle Travel Bursary by 9 February 2015. There are no age limits to receiving the bursary. Recipients are asked to contribute an article to the RFS Quarterly Journal of Forestry based on their travels.

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ASCA Consulting Academy 2015

ASCA Consulting Academy

24–27 February 2015, Boston, Massachusetts

Since its inception in 1995, more than 850 aspiring consultants and consulting arborists have attended ASCA’s Consulting Academy to learn and further hone the skills necessary to develop and maintain thriving consulting practices. As the most comprehensive training experience for arborists who consult, the Consulting Academy includes interactive workshops and lectures on all aspects of consulting arboriculture.



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