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JULY 2013

Message from the CEO

I was once told never to talk about what you are going to do but to stick to what you are doing/have done. Otherwise it’s all just talk and words. So, for this issue of eNews let me share what are we doing and what has been happening. There is probably too much to share it all, but here are a few highlights.

The Rigging Workshops sponsored by STEIN Safety are proving a great success with places at Wakehurst Place, West Sussex, sold out in April and bookings coming in thick and fast for those in West Wales on 17 August and East Anglia on 19 October. Thanks to the Branches for helping out organise these events and to Fletcher Stewart for STEIN’s sponsorship – a team effort with external support. Having watched the climbing competitions at the ARB Show, I really now do understand the technical dimensions of this work and can appreciate to some extent the difficulties and skill involved.

Speaking of the ARB Show … well, for those of you who were unable to attend, you missed a great event! Even though the sun chose to stay hidden for most of the time there was a real buzz about the place, and both exhibitors and attendees came away happy – and it wasn’t just the beer, the food or the live band! The success of this year’s event provides an excellent base for something extra special for next year, our 50th Anniversary. All ideas relating the anniversary to the show will be gratefully received.

Those of you who know Paul, i.e. most, will appreciate how quiet the office has been of late without him. The success of the growing AA Approved Contractor scheme is taking him out on the road more and more. If you meet him on his travels, say hello from his colleagues here at HQ.

I may have said before that we are undertaking some limited work this year on the website. You may have noticed changes recently to the pages for Registered and aspiring Registered Consultants. If not, have a read. The revised scheme launched last year is now ‘processing’ its first applicants and the four assessors have all now completed training in both assessment and interview skills – skills they are already putting into practice. With constructive feedback a key part of the process, it’s certainly worth considering and having a chat to either an existing RC or one of the staff here at HQ.

Karen Martin

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The AA’s 47th National Amenity Conference – ‘Managing the Urban Forset’ - 8-11 September 2013, Exeter University

AA’s 47th National Conference at Exeter University – ‘Managing the Urban Forest’
Early bird offers until 7 August 2013

The urban forest provides countless benefits to the population at large: attractive landscapes and streetscapes, screening, recreational and social space, and potential health and well-being. As tree professionals and practitioners, we need to remain educated, informed and connected to the latest thinking, research and opportunities.

The AA’s 47th Annual Conference on 8–11 September 2013 draws together five key themes to provide you with the knowledge and opportunities to develop professionally and personally your understanding of management issues within the context of the urban forest.

As well as being able to attend there are a number opportunities available to promote your business. If you are interested in exhibiting or becoming a sponsor, visit our exhibitor and sponsorship page on the AA website.

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AA nomination forms for committees and trustees

AA nomination forms for committees and trustees

Members have recently received the paper inviting involvement at Trustee and Committee level. We would be really pleased to receive nominations from individual members willing to volunteer their time and effort to the work and aims of the AA and arboriculture. Trustees will form a team of people accountable to the Charity Commission and Companies House, for the effective running of the AA’s business of advancing the science of arboriculture for the public benefit. Committee members and sub-groups assist the Trustees in fulfilling the AA’s objectives.

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The ARB Show 2013 from above and exhibitors

ARB Show – we want your feedback

With a record number of exhibitors and over 2000 visitors, the 15th annual ARB Show has been as heralded one of the best yet. Visitor numbers were over 25% up on 2012 with more than 2100 attending over the two days, plus over 100 people who were at the Show to take part in demonstrations and competitions. ‘I’d like to thank all our exhibitors, sponsors, visitors and behind-the-scenes teams for their support and for making the ARB Show 2013 a truly successful event,’ said Karen Martin, Chief Executive of the AA.

‘The Show is for everyone working in or with an interest in arb, and we want to ensure it is delivering what they want. So let us know what we do well and what we don’t – help us to help you,’ said Karen. Feedback and comments to arbshow@trees.org.uk.

For a more detailed review and photographs of the ARB Show 2013, READ MORE >>

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The New look Registered Consultant Screens

New AA Registered Consultancy web pages

Over the past few months a small team at the AA have been working to develop a number of areas within the website, especially those relating to Registered Consultants – aspiring and existing ones. The five new pages cover everything from ‘What is a tree consultant?’ through to material for existing and aspiring Registered Consultants, as well as an improved Directory. Further changes are now being made in relation to the Directory and search engine optimisation.

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3ATC Climbing Competition competitor

3ATC Climbing Competition Results

It was great to see such a turn out at the ARB Show for the final 3ATC climbing competition of the season, the UK Open, sponsored by Arbjobs.com. The standard of climbing was high through all disciplines from the novice competitors through to the seasoned pros in the premier event. The top three placed climbers in each of the categories were: Novice Event: Phillip Veal, Aaron Biddles, Max Coulton; Expert Event: Graham Bird, Michael Corwen, Dan Collinson; and in the Premier Event: Martin Unwin, Geoff Pugsley, Jonathan Treasure. Thanks once again to STEIN Safety as main event sponsors for their continued organisation and support.

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The Rigging Workshop, Wales

© Image courtesy of Andy Poynter

AA Welsh Branch Rigging Workshop, Saturday 17 August

Presented by Kevin Moore

Sponsored by STEIN Safety

Picton Castle, just off the A40 near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

A theory session to explain principles, techniques and good practice for rigging will be followed by practical demonstrations. Places are limited to 30 (with no more than 3 people per company) and they will be strictly allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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New to the AA a wide range of Claus Mattheck books at competitive prices

New books – Claus Mattheck series

The Arboricultural Association is proud to announce the addition to our bookshop of a range of publications by respected author Professor Claus Mattheck. All are available to order online now. These books are offered at very competitive rates and offer a wealth of learning to arborists and those who love trees.

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Clim A Mile participants 2011

Climb a Mile 2013

10 August, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

The AA’s Scottish Branch is climbing a mile in relay through a series of 20m ascents of a cedar tree at the Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, to raise money for Help for Heroes. The charity provides a valuable support network for our wounded and their families and it seems fitting that the tree care industries, which employ many ex-armed forces personnel, should support Help for Heroes by raising funds to assist those injured on our behalf, says AA Scottish Branch. Climb a Mile needs as many competent climbers and sponsors as possible to help achieve this goal and to better the £2000 raised at the 2011 event. Please contact Paul Hanson for further info or to express your interest: paul@arboretum-intl.com, 07968 751408.

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The AA represented at the EAC AGM in Krakow

European Arboricultural Council AGM, Krakow

The AA was a guest of the European Arboricultural Council at its AGM in Krakow. The AA’s representative to the EAC, Jonathan Cocking, took the lead in presenting to the council on the Approved Contractor Scheme. In addition, our Vice Chairman, Jago Keen, represented the views of arborists and Approved Contractors, outlining why they want to be part of the scheme, together with ideas about why other EU countries might adopt a similar system. The meeting, in Krakow City Hall, was attended by over 60 representatives from across Europe, and was run in parallel with a meeting of the Polish Arboricultural Association. READ MORE in the next ARB Magazine (out 9 August).

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Coming soon!

The AA Online Membership Survey

Complete the survey and you will be eligible to enter the prize draw!

We’ll be emailing you shortly with more details or look out for the link on the AA website.


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The BS 8545 draft document

BS 8545 Trees: from nursery to independence in the landscape – Recommendations

Draft out for public comment

Review published: 18 June 2013
Review end date: 31 August 2013

This British Standard gives recommendations for transplanting young trees successfully from the nursery, through to achieving their eventual independence in the landscape. This British Standard applies to trees where a distinct crown has been prepared in the nursery. It does not apply to whips, transplants and seedlings, or to other woody material. View the draft on the BSI website: drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/Details/51280 or download a PDF from the AA’s website.

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Jack Kenyon

Retirement of top arb industry professional

After a fulfilling arboriculture career of over 40 years, leading arboriculture figure Jack Kenyon is finally retiring. His retirement will be a severe loss to the industry, and to Merrist Wood College. However, Jack has achieved so much during his working career that he’s embracing his retirement. READ MORE about Jack and his career in the next ARB Magazine (out 9 August) or

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Kew appoints science director

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew has appointed Professor Kathy Willis as Director of Science on a five-year secondment. Dr Willis has more than 20 years' research and teaching experience in biodiversity, conservation and ecosystem management and was founding director of the Oxford University Biodiversity Institute.

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South Downs Tree Health Conference

South Downs Tree Health Conference booking now

West Dean, Chichester, 24 July 2013

Spaces for the Tree Health Seminar at West Dean on 24 July, hosted by the Forestry Commission and covering topics such as Phytophthora ramorum in larch and Chalara dieback of ash, are expected to fill very quickly. Book now for this free event. A maximum of two delegates per company/organisation can be accepted because of expected high demand.

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Big Tree Plant

Big Tree Plant – last funding round

Community groups are invited to apply to the Big Tree Plant’s final funding round by 30 August 2013. The aim of the Big Tree Plant is to plant 1 million new trees by 2015 supported by £4m of grant funding from the Forestry Commission. About 70% of trees in the Big Tree Plant programme will be planted in the country’s most deprived and least green areas. The trees must be planted with landowner permission in open spaces, neighbourhoods or on streets that are open to all to visit or where local people will benefit from them.

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ICF National Conference 2014 hosts Trees, People and the Built Environment

ICF to host Trees, People and the Built Environment

ICF is once again hosting Trees, People and the Built Environment, the highly successful international conference on urban trees research. It will be held at the ICF National Conference 2014 and it will return to the Midlands on 2-3 April 2014, at the University of Birmingham. This will allow even more delegates and exhibitors to attend. In addition, the ICF now confirms that the Call for Papers has opened for Trees, People and the Built Environment II, offering an important platform to showcase the latest vital research on urban trees and urban forests.

For full details about the Call for Papers, how to enter your submission, and other information, visit: www.charteredforesters.org/conference2014/. Alternatively, contact Allison Lock by email allison.lock@charteredforesters.org or call +44 (0) 131 240 1425.


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