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From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

Happy New Year and also Happy Birthday! It’s official: we are 50, and over the course of the next 12 months a series of events are planned to publicise the fact, and even more importantly to raise still further the role and value of arboriculture. Our birthday provides an opportunity to achieve our association’s goal ‘to promote the sustainable management of trees in places where people live work and play – for the benefit of Society’.

Last week I had the good fortune to meet with over 100 members at two branch events at opposite ends of the country, the South East and Glasgow. I was able to listen to their views and ideas and to share some of our achievements in 2013 and plans for 2014.

In summary we listened to what you told us last year, and you will shortly see a greater provision and mix of training on offer and more telephonic technical advice. Our membership numbers grew and are planned to grow still further, and the increased revenue made in 2013 on all fronts is being reinvested back into the Association in 2014 to meet member needs.

If you didn’t complete our membership survey last year, don’t worry. You will be asked again, and again; needs change, as must the Association to stay in touch. As members of the public watch with trepidation the forecast for yet more rain and wind, may I ask those of you operating in utility arb to tell us your stories, and could all of you let us have your pictures and tales of what this weather has brought to your doors?

Karen Martin

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Photos of the storms

Are you a budding David Bailey?

Do you have any pix of the recent storm damage across the country? We’re looking for some striking images that we can use for some of our communications around the 50th Anniversary Year – send them to marketing@trees.org.uk.

And if you are proud of your pix, look out for some announcements coming up soon on a new photo and video competition we will be running… with prizes!

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The Arboricultural Association and Arboriculture Australia in partnership

Arboricultural Association announces partnership with Arboriculture Australia Ltd

The AA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Arboriculture Australia Ltd, with effect from 1 February. The agreement has been under discussion for some time and has been drawn up to underpin each organisation’s ability to share knowledge, technology, skills and education across all aspects of arboricultural practice. Full details of the partnership are covered in the spring ARB Mag (out 21 February).


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

New AARC – Congratulations to Ben Rose

Ben Rose of Bosky Trees, Wiltshire, has become an Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant – the second successful applicant since the revised scheme was launched. The Association would like to congratulate him on attaining this status, which is well deserved following his submission of an excellent portfolio of work. Ben said, ‘There is no doubt that the standard of my report writing has markedly improved as a result of working towards becoming a registered consultant. I have found this development personally rewarding, and it also has obvious value in the professional realm.’

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The Arboricultural Association supports AquAid which in turn provides funding for The Africa Trust

AA supports AquAid

We at the Arboricultural Association are aware that keeping our people hydrated will help them to perform at their very best throughout the day. As a result, we’ve decided to invest in water-coolers from AquAid. Our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our organisation the opportunity to help those further afield who are less fortunate than ourselves.

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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 (PC) is looking for two new full members to complement the existing committee structure. PC meets four times a year – for more information on the dates click the meeting dates link below. 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 and Fellowship application procedures. If you can spare the time, contact HQ on 01242 522152 or email admin@trees.org.uk.

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New date for tree planting 25 March 2014

Change of dates for celebratory planting events

The 50th Anniversary tree planting dates have changed due to unforeseen circumstances – which many of our members are no doubt also experiencing! As a result of the heavy rain and recent winds, RHS Wisley has been left underwater and the proposed tree planting location is not suitable. Therefore the event has been postponed to 25 March 2014 and we hope many of our members will join us then. More details in March eNews.

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AA Conference 2014: Call for Papers

Call for papers – Arboricultural Association conference

The theme for the Arboricultural Association’s 2014 Amenity Conference is ‘Applied Arboriculture: Healthy Trees, Healthy People’ and it will be held on 14–17 September at Royal Holloway, University of London, in Egham, Surrey. The conference picks up on a topic which is gaining increasing traction within the profession and with the general public: trees make places better for people. It’s a viewpoint that we can all broadly recognise, but can the argument be supported through research, what further work needs to be undertaken and how should practical solutions, schemes and recommendations be implemented? Trees exist in a social, physical and natural context that has to be balanced within a wide range of environments – and they have a particularly critical role within urban infrastructures where they provide aesthetic, social, economic and commercial value.

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Cornwall Branch AGM - 20 February 2014

Cornwall Branch AGM and proposed constitution

Cornwall Branch’s AGM is to be held at the Plume of Feathers on Thursday 20 February 2014, 7pm. An agenda is available on the Branch’s page of the AA website. On 5 December 2013 Cornwall Branch proposed a new constitution to be agreed at the AGM: to read the new constitution, download the PDF available on the Cornwall Branch page.

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A Guide to Qualifications and Careers in Arboriculture

Careers in arboriculture

The AA’s Education & Training Committee has produced a revised version of the leaflet ‘A Guide to Qualifications and Careers in Arboriculture’. It is available as a hard copy from AA head office. There is no charge for individual copies; multiple copies will be sold at cost to cover printing, postage and packing. It is available to download as a PDF copy here.

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Association Membership renewals reminder

Membership renewals have poured in at an unprecedented rate this year (150% up on this time last year) but there are still a few stragglers   Don’t forget to renew as soon as possible to keep your member benefits, including the ARB Mag!

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ArbAC Linked In group

ArbAC LinkedIn group

Calling all Arb Approved Contractors – the new LinkedIn Discussion Group is open for conversations, insights and comment. Go to the AA Approved Contractor Discussion Group under the ‘Interests’ menu on the AA LinkedIn Company page.

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CThe 3ATC and 3ATC College Climbing Competition

3ATC and the 3ATC College Climbing Competitions

Last year’s 3ATC (Arboricultural Association Arborist Tree Challenge) events grew significantly, with the Student events proving very popular – six colleges attended the Southern competition alone, bringing eleven teams of three climbers. 2014 looks like being another good year for the climbing competitions and full details of the forthcoming events will be posted on the 3ATC website.

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Training for your 2014 diary!

Training courses for 2014

New! Planting, planning, managing: Don’t miss the opportunity to catch up with the new BS 8545 in March

New! Contracting: If you’re a hard-working contractor, think how useful it would be to have that extra level of confidence to be able to professionally identify the pests, diseases and fungi that are present on a site and to interpret how these may be affecting a client’s trees.

New! Professional Tree Inspection: If you’ve already attended the Professional Tree Inspection course, come along to a one-day CPD refresher to update your knowledge on policy and current thinking.

Aspiring Consultant: This well-tried, tested and respected two-day residential workshop event is running again in May this year. There is no equivalent out there to the range and value of information that this course offers. Don’t miss it!

That’s not all: Watch this space, the ARB Mag and the website for further developments that are currently in the pipeline for later in the year…


Plant Health Risk Register Launched

Plant Health Risk Register launched

The Plant Health Risk Register was launched at a Ministerial Plant Health Summit and is now publicly available. The register represents a major step in implementing the recommendations of the independent Task Force on Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity and presents a tool for government, industry and stakeholders to prioritise action against pests and diseases which threaten our crops, trees, gardens and countryside. Jon Heuch and Jonathan Cocking from the AA have been and continue to be involved in this work and attended the Plant Health Summit, which looked at ways to safeguard plant health, the risk register and future plans. READ MORE in the spring ARB Mag (out 21 February).

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The Massaria disease of plane Survey for Community Engagement in Public Sector Urban Tree Management in the UK

Survey: Community Engagement in Public Sector Urban Tree Management in the UK

This survey is intended for arboriculturists in the UK and Ireland who are managing trees on public land and/or carrying out the tree functions for a local planning authority. It should take less than 15 minutes to complete. It would be much appreciated if answers covering the different tree functions across an authority could be coordinated, to produce one single response. However, a partial response would still be very helpful. The authors are Chris Neilan (EATaLOG), Ian McDermott (MTOA) and Rupert Bentley Walls (LTOA).

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Ride for Research 2014, 1 April 2014

Ride for
Research 2014,
1 April 2014 –

no joke!

Fund4Trees (F4T) provides an over-arching structure to deliver a range of different charitable initiatives, including Rides for Research. The next ride, on 1 April, will start at Birmingham University student union/Winterbourne Botanical Gardens and head past the hospital before turning south through back roads and parks towards the M5. We will then turn back into the city and aim for Cadbury World and Bourneville. From here the ride will take in Cannon Hill Park and travel through Edgbaston to the Capability Brown-landscaped student accommodation before heading to the final planting at the uni. Once the route is finalised, as per other RfR events, the charity will look for schools at which to run tree planting events. Follow the link and you can overlay the route on aerial photographs:

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Trees, People and the Built Environment II Conference booking now open

Trees, People and the Built Environment II Conference – open for bookings

The Trees, People and the Built Environment II Conference (2–3 April, Birmingham) is now open for bookings. The programme line-up includes leading names from the built and natural environment sectors, with speakers travelling from Brazil, Canada, China, France, Indonesia, Switzerland and the USA to join UK experts. Speakers will look at a wide range of topics in relation to urban forestry, including governance, urban climate, design and economic perspectives, in addition to how an integrated approach can be achieved between the natural and built environments. Click the link to book or find out more.

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HSE offer FREE Workshop

HSE are running a FREE Engaging Arboricultural Contractors Workshop on Wednesday 18th March at Lantra House. The workshop is aimed at those who engage the services of arboricultural contractors. If you would like to book a place please email Treework.SHADS@hse.gsi.gov.uk or

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Europea Tree of the Year 2014

European Tree of the Year 2014

Voting has opened for the 2014 European Tree of the Year. Follow the link to see this year’s contenders – the winner will be announced in March. This is not a search for the oldest, the tallest, the biggest, the most beautiful or the rarest of trees. It is a search for the most loveable tree, a tree with a story that can bring the community together. The trees participating in the European Tree of the Year are winners of national contests.

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Ballochbuie Scots Pine

Scots pine voted national tree

The Scots pine has been chosen by the people of Scotland as their national tree. A three-month consultation to choose a national tree found that the Scots pine was the clear favourite, securing over 52% (2,374) of all responses. Over 4,500 people responded to the consultation run by Forestry Commission Scotland. The second favourite tree, the rowan, received 15% (687) of the responses and in third place came the holly with 7% (333).

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Ms Beccy Speight, The Woodland Trust new Cheif Executive

Woodland Trust Appoints New Chief Executive

The Woodland Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Beccy Speight as its new chief executive.

Ms Speight will join the Woodland Trust from the National Trust, where for the last four years she has been director for the Midlands, focusing on creating and delivering a vision and strategy for the region as well as overseeing the operational business and turnover of £50 million.



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