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January 2015

From the CEO

Happy New Year!

Karen Martin - CEO

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2015. Here at Headquarters it’s all hands on deck to manage renewals for membership – now over 2400 members, Approved Contractors and Registered Consultants. No complaints though: we are growing, and as we move into 2015 we are looking to continue to do so and to consolidate the changes we have made to support our members and organisational goals.

Over the Christmas period I was asked to summarise in 4 words what we provide to members: that’s tricky. I could list the benefits, but in 4 words, how do I encapsulate them? So here is my attempt. As your membership organisation we offer Status, Learning, Community and Influence. Plans are in place for 2015 to continue work in all these areas. If you have any ideas or thoughts about building on this please let us know.

Karen Martin

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Mark Carter of MJC Tree Services

New Registered Consultant

We are pleased to announce that Mark Carter of MJC Tree Services has submitted a portfolio of work, been interviewed and successfully completed the Registered Consultant process. Mark has been involved with both the Arboricultural Association and the Institute of Chartered Foresters for many years, and it is excellent that he has now achieved this status. Mark has said that he is very impressed with the process in terms of its rigour, assessment and constructive nature.

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Membership renwal for 2015 now due!

Renew your membership

It’s that time of year again. Time to renew your AA membership for 2015. You should have already received your renewal letter through the post with your details for 2015. To renew is easy, just call +44 (0)1242 522152 and speak to our membership team. Or if you have any queries regarding your renewal email us or visit our website…

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Commemorative tree planting, Hoghton Tower in Lancashire

Commemorative tree planting – Sir Tom Finney

On 27 November the North West Regional Group of the AA marked the 50th anniversary of the Association with the planting of an English oak tree in the grounds of Hoghton Tower in Lancashire. The tree was planted by George Ross, a former Preston North End Football Club player, because the tree not only marks the 50th anniversary of the Arboricultural Association but also commemorates the life of Sir Tom Finney, a legend of Preston North End and the England team. READ MORE in the spring ARB Magazine (out 20 February).

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Winter lectures and AGM

Wednesday 28 January, 6.30pm

Merrist Wood Campus, Guildford College, Worplesdon, Surrey

Speakers: Chris Cooper-Abbs, Arboricultural Health and Safety Consultant and Training Provider, Arb Matters Ltd – An introduction to the emerging Arboricultural Association Industry Code of Practice (ICOP) for Arboriculture: Tree Work at Height. Jeremy Barrell, Managing Director, Barrell Tree Consultancy – Modern arboriculture; too much thinking and not enough looking?

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2015 Winter Lectures, Excursion and AGM

Saturday 31 January

Doune, Stirlingshire

Speakers: Roy Partington of Infragreen LtdRoot protection and tree planting solutions for development sites. Joint presentation from staff at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, highlighting their work across the globe. AA CEO Karen MartinLooking back at 2014, and what do members want in 2015 and beyond?

After lunch there will be a tour of the Doune Park Estate and Gardens. The event is free of charge and all members and non-members are welcome to attend. However, places are limited. Please register your attendance no later than 26 January to assist in planning for numbers and catering by contacting Donald Rodger at or on 01620 842656.


Barcham’s Big Barn Conference

Details released for annual Barcham’s Conference

Wednesday 17 June

Barcham Trees, Ely Cambridgeshire

Barcham Trees has announced details of its Big Barn Conference. The event’s organiser, Barcham’s sales director Keith Sacre, has secured a group of world-class arboricultural experts as speakers to the expected 550 delegates for whom attendance, plus breakfast and lunch, is completely free of charge. ‘We believe our 2015 Big Barn Conference will be the biggest arboricultural gathering of its kind ever held in the UK, and I am delighted we have nine speakers from three continents to make the day a truly international event, and one we hope tree care professionals will not want to miss,’ says Keith.

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ICF membership reaches record high of 1500

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is celebrating a new milestone in membership figures, having recorded 1500 members at the beginning of 2015. This is the highest membership number the organisation has ever had since its foundation in 1925.

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Celebrating 10 years as Bridgwater College’s Cannington Centre

2014 marked the anniversary of the 10-year merger between Bridgwater College and Cannington College. To celebrate 10 years of success, in December Bridgwater College welcomed former students, community members, industry partners, dignitaries and current staff and students to participate in an event to plant ten trees in the college arboretum to celebrate the momentous occasion.

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ICF Silvicultural Prize honours Canadian research

Arun Bose, Brian Harvey, Suzanne Brais, Marilou Beaudet and Alain Leduc have been jointly awarded the 2014 Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture (The Silvicultural Prize) by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). The award was given in recognition of their paper entitled Constraints to partial cutting in the boreal forest of Canada in the context of natural disturbance-based management: a review, published in Forestry, 87(1): 11–28. Gary Kerr, Editor-in-Chief of Forestry, said: ‘This paper is a significant advance in knowledge at the international level.’ The Silvicultural Prize-winning article is available to read in full on the Forestry website.



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