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ISSUE 36

FEBRUARY 2016

From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

It’s that time of year when we focus on so many things that the word focus seems a little questionable. Member renewals are flooding in with the facility to pay by direct debit, make a payment on the phone and in the next few days renew online - these latter two changes being in response to member requests. Please be patient if you have raised a renewal or membership query with us, we are a small team working as quickly as we can; we value your support and membership of the Association and are doing all we can to work through the backlog. Once the full functionality of the new site is realised such delays will be a feature of the past and there will be so much more available via on line self-service.

Meanwhile excitement is building for the 2016 ARB Show to be held again at Westonbirt. We are looking forward to hosting the show once again in such a spectacular setting and the hard work of planning, promoting and organising the event is now well underway – just go the trees.org.uk to find out more details.

Karen Martin

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Renew your AA Membership for 2016 now

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2016

We hope you've enjoyed the benefits of being an AA member over the last year. 2015 saw record numbers of visitors to the ARB Show and Conference and the launch of more training courses and services designed specifically to help you make the most of your membership and career aspirations.

We look forward to you renewing your membership for 2016 and we’ve been working hard to deliver you an improved membership experience this year, including a new easy to use credit card style membership card.

Card Payments over the phone. You can pay using a credit card or debit card or set up a direct debit. Call 01242 522 152.

Cheque – please make payable to the Arboricultural Association and quote your name and membership number on the back.

Purchase Order – please send your PO to membership@trees.org.uk. If you require a draft invoice to raise a PO please email us using this email address

BACs Payment. You can pay by Bank transfer using our bank details. Please use your full name and membership number as your payment reference. We will send you a receipt once your payment is processed.

Bank Details: Arboricultural Association, National Westminster Bank; Account 06009514 – Sort Code: 60-18-46

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ARB Show Exhibitor Booking now Open

ARB SHOW OPEN FOR EXHIBITORS

By popular demand the ARB Show is returning to Westonbirt Arboretum on 3-4 June 2016. We are delighted to open the Show for exhibitor bookings and look forward to receiving a booking from you very soon.

You can download the 2016 Exhibitor Pack by clicking the link below and by following the simple instructions you can peruse the new site layout, choose your plots and e-mail your booking with deposit payment to us. Don’t delay plots are going fast!

DOWNLOAD THE PACK >>

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Introduction to Soils

NEW INTRODUCTION TO SOILS

THE ANSWER LIES IN THE SOIL!

The Arboricultural Association is sponsoring a series of Workshops across England in 2016 to introduce or reintroduce basic soil knowledge for practicing arboriculturists. The workshops are designed to be user-friendly and will give ‘hands-on’ experience in assessing soils for their suitability to grow urban trees. The course will also touch on soil manufacture and the treatment of common soil problems. Sign up today – ‘you know it makes sense’!

COST: Members £150 +VAT  |  Non-member £180 +VAT

DATES:
19/04/2016  Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire  Book Now >>
07/07/2016  Bristol  Book Now >>
27/09/2016  Wokingham, Berkshire  Book Now >>
15/11/2016  Preston, Lancashire  Book Now >>

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BS 5837 – Advanced. Two 1-day courses

BS 5837 – ADVANCED

Plugging the Planning Skills Gap – A Unique Opportunity to take the Mystery out of Tree Assessment and Tree Management under BS 5837

Two 1-day courses

BS 5837 – Advanced: Tree Assessment for Planning
BS 5837 – Advanced: Managing Trees on Construction Sites

Read a comprehensive introduction to both courses from Jeremy Barrell >> or download the course overview PDF.

Tree Assessment for planning

9th March 2016 - South East  Book Now >>
23rd March 2016 - South West  Book Now >>
6th April 2016 - Scotland  Book Now >>
20th April 2016 - North West  Book Now >>
4th May 2016 - Central London**  Book Now >>

Managing Trees on construction sites

10th March 2016 - South East  Book Now >>
24th March 2016 - South West  Book Now >>
7th April 2016 - Scotland  Book Now >>
21st April 2016 - North West  Book Now >>
5th May 2016 - Central London**  Book Now >>

Costs: Members £140 +VAT | Non-members £180 +VAT
** Please note for Central London venues Members £180 +VAT | Non-members £220 +VAT.

Check your latest issue of the ARB Magazine pages 20-21 for more detailed information.

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OTHER UPCOMING COURSES:

ARB Knowledge

12 April 2016
Wokingham, Berkshire
Members: £120 – Non-members: £175

A one-day 'signposting' course to help arborists improve their understanding of arboriculture's wide range of knowledge topics: tree ident, physiology, pruning, decay, biomechanics etc.

Instructor: Ben Abbatt.

Visit our website to book: BOOK NOW >>

     

Basic Tree Survey and Inspection

12 April 2016 – Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire – Member: £120 – Non-member: £175
Instructor: Simon Cox
BOOK NOW >>

     

Arboricultural Business Management

21 June 2016 – Stonehouse, Gloucestershire – Member: £450 – Non-member: £560
Instructors: Paul Elcoat and Simon Cox
BOOK NOW >>

     

BRANCH NEWS

CHANGE AROUND IN THE BRANCHES

Tim Scott-Ellis

A big thank you to Tim Scott-Ellis (Cornwall - pictured) and Stephen Westover (East Anglia) for their long service to their respective branches and support of the AA. Both have decided to stand down as Chairman after years in the role. Fortunately both roles have been filled with Alan Rowe & Kevin Moore respectively.

Many of the branches have seen activity over the past few months with AGMs and events of one kind or another taking place. In some cases other branch roles like treasurer, secretary, and committee members have seen a switch around in personnel (for Scotland - Ken Harvey and Robert Paterson replacing Eric Hamilton & Will Hinchliffe; East Anglia - Jason McPhie replacing Matt Searle and still waiting to confirm a replacement for Tracey Clarke, to name but a few). A huge thank you to all those that are involved at the local level supporting arboriculture and urban forestry.

If you would like to be involved with your local branch do check out the relevant section of the new website for branch contact details
CLICK FOR BRANCHES >>

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THAMES & CHILTERN BRANCH

HEDGELAYING

5 MARCH 2016
WINDSOR, BERKSHIRE

This is a one-day course offering hands-on hedgelaying training so you will gain valuable practical experience. You will be laying a 10 year old mixed species hedge with individual tuition given.

Places cost £50
BOOK NOW >>

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WESTERN BRANCH

RIGGING WORKSHOP

SATURDAY 12 MARCH
BUCKFASTLEIGH, DEVON

Western Branch are running a Rigging Workshop on Saturday 12 March 2016 with Kevin Moore instructing.

This rigging awareness course aims to help attendees pick up some of the important information contained within current best practice manuals and HSE research.

Places cost £45.
BOOK NOW >>

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SOUTH EAST BRANCH

FRUIT TREE PRUNING - A PRACTICAL WORKSHOP

SATURDAY 12 MARCH
POLESDEN LACEY, GREAT BOOKHAM, SURREY RH5 6BB

Presented by Jim Arbury and Alessandra Valsecchi

This one-day workshop will cover the principles and reasons for pruning, including formative pruning and recognition of fruit bud and cropping habit of different cultivars of apples and pears.

Places cost £50.
BOOK YOUR PLACE >>

CROSS-INDUSTRY NEWS

Sheffield Trees

SHEFFIELD TREES

Following a recent debate on the Sheffield Trees issue, we can confirm that the Arboricultural Association was called upon by the BBC for a statement which was not used in a segment of Jeremy Vine’s Radio 2 show. Whilst we are disappointed that we weren't given the opportunity to comment on our position we emphasise the importance of using appropriate professionals such as AA Registered Consultants, Approved Contractors and those individuals committed to upholding professional standard such as members of the Arboricultural Association. The link to the AA position can be found below.
READ MORE >>
LISTEN AGAIN >>

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NATIONAL TREE OFFICER’S CONFERENCE 2016 - CALL FOR PAPERS NOW OPEN

The first National Tree Officer’s Conference is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) and the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). The conference will provide an opportunity for tree officers to present to their colleagues on the latest research, best practice and innovation in different areas of local authority arboricultural work.

The conference will be held on the 9th November 2016, at the Oakengates Theatre, Limes Road, Telford, TF2 6EP (www.theplacetelford.com). Conference bookings will open later in the year at:
FIND OUT MORE >>

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2016 LONDON TREE & WOODLAND AWARDS OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations are now invited for this year’s London Tree & Woodland Awards, which raise awareness of London’s urban forest, celebrate the great work taking place and inspire others to do more.

The deadline for nominations is 8 April 2016.
READ MORE >>

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TRANSFORMATIONAL NATURE

UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF NATURAL FORM, PLANT INTELLIGENCE AND THE AGEING PROCESS

TUESDAY 17TH MAY 2016
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS
KEW, RICHMOND, TW9 3AB
COST: £180 +VAT

This inspirational seminar will deliver the vision, knowledge and wisdom of three great thinkers, Francis Hallé (Botanist and Plant Morphologist), Stefano Mancuso (Plant Neurobiologist) and Howard Thomas (Plant Gerontologist). Their brilliance lies in combining fastidious research with artistic sensibility: communicating from the frontiers of their disciplines.
BOOK NOW >>
DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAMME >>

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A NATIONAL CALL FOR A UK CHARTER FOR TREES, WOODS AND PEOPLE

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is one of the 47 organisations taking part in a campaign to celebrate the value of our trees and woods and secure their future by creating a new Charter for trees, woods and people.

The new charter will be launched in November 2017, which marks 800 years since Henry lll signed the original Charter of the Forest. This influential charter protected and restored the rights of people to access and use the Royal Forests.
READ MORE >>

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VOTE FOR ENGLAND’S CUBBINGTON PEAR TREE

The Cubbington Pear Tree needs your votes to beat our European neighbours to the crown. Thought to be over 250 years old, this graceful pear tree grows directly in the path of the planned HS2 rail link through Warwickshire. Show the Cubbington pear your support.
VOTE NOW >>

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ICF AWARDS TWO PRIZES FOR FORESTRY EXCELLENCE

ICF has announced two awards for excellence in forestry. Ian Ross OBE FICFor has been awarded the prestigious Institute Medal, while James Hepburne Scott has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute.
READ MORE >>

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THE AA SUPPORTS CHARTER FOR TREES, WOODS AND PEOPLE

The Arboricultural Association is joining 48 organisations in a campaign, led by the Woodland Trust, which celebrates the value of our trees and woods and aims to secure their future.
READ MORE AT THE ICF >>

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BREAKTHROUGH RESEARCH IDENTIFIES ASH DIEBACK TOLERANT TREES

Researchers at the University of York have identified genetic markers associated with the fungal pathogen that is causing ash dieback. The new technology could help restore the ash tree in the UK, through pre-screening of seedlings before they are planted out.
READ MORE >>

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FORESTRY AND TIMBER: SCOTLAND’S HIDDEN SUCCESS STORY

22ND MARCH 2016
EDINBURGH

The Forestry and Timber: Scotland's Hidden Success Story conference, hosted by Confor, will address topics like mitigating flood risk, ensuring a skilled future workforce and maximising economic benefits.
READ MORE >>

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TREE FELLING IN NANT YR ARIAN TO COMBAT PHYTOPHTHORA RAMORUM

Natural Resources Wales have begun their second phase of tree felling at Nant yr Arian in an effort to tackle the outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum, with over 20,000 trees to be removed.
READ MORE >>

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XYLELLA FASTIDIOSA: UK PLANT HEALTH GUIDANCE

Xylella fastidiosa is a bacterial pathogen transmitted by xylem feeding insects and has a very broad host range including oak, elm, almond, peach, plum, apricot, grapevines, citrus, coffee, Italian ryegrass, blackberry and sunflower. Current outbreaks in France and Italy have led to EU emergency responses. The UK Plant Health Services have now prepared a guide on implications for the nursery trade.
READ MORE >>

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ICF NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2016

27–28 APRIL 2016
NEWCASTLE

The ICF’s National Conference, The Timber Supply Chain – Dynamics and Opportunities, will examine and showcase the UK’s position as a globally competitive player in the forest products markets. Don't miss the opportunity to hear from UK and international experts, covering species selection, processing for profit, developments in construction, supply and demand forecasts, and more.
READ MORE >>

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SCOTLAND’S FINEST WOODS AWARDS

Scottish woodland owners, managers and caretakers are being urged to apply for the 2016 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards. The Awards are an annual recognition and celebration of those who use, promote, own or manage Scotland's woods and forests to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits. Deadline for entries is 31 March 2016.
READ MORE >>

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NEW HEALTH & SAFETY, FORESTRY AND FIRST AID TECHNICAL AWARDS

Lantra create new Lantra Awards Health and Safety and +F technical awards.
READ MORE >>

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