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ISSUE 35

DECEMBER 2015

From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

As you wrap your presents in readiness for the Christmas holidays, we wrap up another year of growth both at the AA and across the industry. Anecdotally you tell us that you are busier than ever; always a nice problem to have. May I just take a moment though to thank you for attending our courses, shows, conference and branch events throughout the year, and for your constructive feedback. We always welcome your ideas as it enables us to improve our services to you the member.

For the last e-news of 2016 I am really pleased to announce the launch of our new web site into which we have factored your responses to the web survey. This is due to go live shortly and provides a fresher, easy to navigate site for you and the public. In the New Year a members own area will be switched on with on line renewals and many other new functions. Over the next 12 months we will continue to develop the site with new images, blogs and postings. Your comments and ideas, feedback and queries will be captured and will be critical in helping shape the changes and build the content.

As you move around the site you will see the new AA logo which we hope you’ll agree provides a fresher, more contemporary image for the Association.

All that is left is for me to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year, see you in 2016!

Karen Martin

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New AA Logo

A FRESH NEW AA LOGO

Early in 2015 a project was set up to look at the Association’s logo, which often got unfavourable comments with the majority view being that an update was long overdue.

With this in mind, the Media and Communications Committee have been specifying and working on a number of new designs for the logo since late summer. The brief was to find a design which reflects the traditional values of the Association but gives it a contemporary feel. We feel that this new logo achieves this brief whilst also giving a nod to its predecessor which represented us for so many years.

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New AA Logo

ARB APPROVED CONTRACTOR LOGO GETS AN UPDATE TOO

In conjunction with the new logo, the Arb Approved Contractor logo will also be receiving an update.

The shield motif emphasises professionalism and is a symbol of protection when working with an ARB Approved Contractor.

The new contractor design incorporates elements from the revised Association logo – principally the typeface and the tree image. The typeface has been chosen to reflect a more modern look and the tree has been retained to provide a link to the current logo. The overall design has been moved away from the rather eighties feel to something more contemporary that should also stand the test of time and still look fresh for many years to come.

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The new AA website

NEW WEBSITE – IMPROVING YOUR MEMBERSHIP EXPERIENCE

Along with a fresh logo we are also improving our online services with a new-look website. Members have had a lot of input into the development of this website with huge response coming from a survey in the summer asking what you’d like to see on it. As a result we’re pleased to announce the arrival of a new website for 2016 with some new key facilities. We hope you will join us in welcoming in these new developments. Thanks to those members who shared their input and as always any comments will be welcomed as we strive to improve our services.

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Training 2016

2016 A YEAR TO GET MORE FROM TRAINING

2016 is set to be another busy year for our Training and Events team. We have a similar number of courses on offer to 2015 but more course titles. Old favourites such as Risk Assessment, Arboricultural Knowledge, Basic and Professional Tree Inspection will all be on offer along with a range of new titles including Soils for Arboriculture, Aerial Inspections and two new advanced courses BS5837: Tree Assessment for Planning Applications and Managing Trees on Construction Sites.

For the latest list of courses for 2016 click here

Or check your latest ARB Magazine pages 20-21 for more detailed information.

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Renew your Membership for 2016

2016 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS – IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!

Amongst all our preparations for the New Year is the matter of renewals for 2016. By now you should have received your letter detailing your fees and payment options. We have been advised that in the transfer from one system to a new the data for a small number of members was misaligned. This problem has now been remedied.

Find out more about renewing you membership here www.trees.org.uk/renewals. If you need help with your renewal please email membership@trees.org.uk or call 01242 522152.

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AA in discussions with the ISA

AA IN DISCUSSIONS WITH THE ISA

In our communication 25th November we advised members that the AA is in discussion with the ISA. These discussions and the underpinning investigative work are still in progress and we plan to put a proposal to the AA Board of Trustees in early 2016.

As you will appreciate the ISA UK&I Chapter was disbanded earlier this year leaving a vacuum for those former members of the Chapter and a lack of any formal link for the ISA with the UK. Given the prominence of arboriculture within the UK the lack of any AA representation on the global platform the ISA provides seems remiss.

The detail is however key and no decision has as yet been made. All the facts are being determined to enable the Board make a fully informed decision.

In an increasingly connected world, the opportunity to be part of a global voice on Arboriculture is critical and adds weight to the representations we can make in the UK.

Be assured though that whatever decision is made our values and unique culture are sacrosanct. The AA is now 51 years old and growing in prominence and stature. As we seek to make the Voice of Arboriculture heard and achieve our organisational goals, all strategic opportunities will be evaluated carefully and with rigour by the Board and our members kept informed. As soon as we have more information we will send out another communication.

For more details on the discussions
READ MORE >>

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ICOP to be translated to Spanish

INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE – SPANISH EDITION

The Arboricultural Association has signed a Heads of Agreement document with the Spanish Arboricultural Association - The Asociación Española de Arboricultura (AEA) permitting them to translate into Spanish and publish the AA’s Industry Code of Practice for Arboriculture – Tree Work at Height (ICoP).

It was always intended that the ICoP should be available for international use, and it was designed with universal principles, policies and protocols set out in the main section of the document and the ‘Local (National) legislation’ in a separate section, allowing different countries to adapt this to their own legislation.

This is a rewarding outcome and demonstrates that the UK arboriculture industry, through the AA, is once again leading the way and setting internationally accepted standards.

The English edition of ICOP is available at: READ MORE >>

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ARBORICULTURAL JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD WELCOMES TWO NEW MEMBERS

We are pleased to announce two new members on the Arboricultural Journal Editorial Board:

Professor Lucio Montecchio
Università di Padova (University of Padua), Dip. TeSAF

Simone Borelli
Forestry Officer (Agroforestry and Urban/Periurban Forestry), Forest Assessment, Management and Conservation Division, Rome, Italy

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OTHER UPCOMING COURSES:

BS5837: Tree assessment for planning

BS5837: Tree assessment for planning

Dates in 2016
Various locations
Members: £168 – Non-members: £216

A new course aimed at planning professionals who have at least some experience of preparing BS5837 tree surveys or review them in the planning system, e.g. arboricultural consultants & surveyors, landscape architects, tree officers and planners. It will be useful for beginners as an introduction, however this course will assist experienced professionals in refining their skills.

Instructor: This event will be delivered by Barrell Tree Consultancy with their Arboricultural Association Registered Consultants including Jeremy Barrell and Dave Cashman.

Visit our new website to book: www.trees.org.uk/Training

NEW BS5837: Managing trees on construction site

Dates in 2016 – Various locations – Member: £168 – Non-member: £216
Instructors: Jeremy Barrell and Dave Cashman
www.trees.org.uk/Training

     

Basic Tree Survey and Inspection

19 January 2016 – Pembrokeshire, Wales – Member: £144 – Non-member: £210
Instructor: Paul Smith
www.trees.org.uk/Training

     

CROSS-INDUSTRY NEWS

Frances Hirst Retires

FRANCES HIRST RETIRES

After many years supporting the arb sector, Frances Hirst, lead on arboriculture for the HSE, is retiring at the end of December. Frances has provided a consistent voice and support since coming into the role in 2003 and demonstrated commitment to many different aspects of our work over many years. We speak on behalf of many friends, colleagues and associates in thanking Frances and wishing her a very happy retirement.

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Confor and Woodland Trust urge Government to raise tree planting ambition

I-TREE ECO - THE VALUE OF LONDON’S TREES IS PROVEN IN GROUND BREAKING REPORT

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TREECONOMICS REPORT HIGHLIGHTS THE BENEFITS LONDON’S TREES BRING TO AIR QUALITY

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For more information on the London i-Tree project please visit: MORE INFORMATION >>

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ARBORICULTURE AND FORESTRY ANNOUNCE NEW APPRENTICESHIP STANDARDS

Government approval has been granted to two brand new Trailblazer apprenticeship standards which are set to benefit employers in the forestry and arboriculture sector.
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CONFOR WELCOMES NEW FLOOD GROUP

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Party for Perennial 2016

PARTY FOR PERENNIAL 2016 – DO YOU HAVE YOUR TICKETS FOR HORTICULTURE’S UNMISSABLE EVENT?

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MPs CALL TO PLANT 200 MILLION TREES IN ENGLAND BY 2020 TO HELP PREVENT FUTURE FLOODS WELCOMED BY FORESTRY SECTOR

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COP21 – TREES ARE OUR SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE WEAPONS IN THIS FIGHT AGAINST RISING CO2 CONCENTRATIONS

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ASSESSING THE STATE/HEALTH OF URBAN TREE MANAGEMENT – DEFRA SURVEY

As someone with responsibilities regarding the management of trees directly or indirectly, you are being approached to participate in a survey, commissioned by Defra, to understand the current state of trees and their management in an urban setting.
GO TO SURVEY >>

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Plant more urban trees

WHY WE SHOULD PLANT MORE URBAN TREES

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