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July 2014

From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

First, many thanks for completing the online survey on training, seminars and workshops that you would like to see the AA offer. Simon (Cox) is now busy collating the responses, which he will share shortly, and looking at what we can build and put in place later this year and beyond.

When I last wrote I was still coming back to earth from the ARB Show. Listening to those attending and the exhibitors, there is an appetite to change not only the venue but also the part of the UK in which we hold it. We will therefore certainly move in 2015 (more to follow) and during 2015 we will evaluate locations much further afield.

Our next big event is the Conference on 14–17 September and the AGM which takes place during the Conference, on the 15th. If you have ever considered playing a role in the Association to help us achieve our goals and to help shape the voice of arboriculture, then look out for the nominations forms for committee members and trustees. We cover so many roles in arb that there is no set type of volunteer, no best age, gender or background. If you think you might be interested, email or pick up the phone for an informal and confidential chat with any of the Technical Officers or me and then fill in the nomination form. You’ve nothing to lose!

Karen Martin

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Applied Arboriculture:
Healthy Trees, Healthy People

14–17 September, Royal Holloway,
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX

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www.trees.org.uk/Amenity-Conference >>

With only a few weeks to go, the final touches and flourishes for the 2014 conference are being put in place. 36 speakers will be presenting across the five main themes of the conference. That's the largest number of speakers ever for a UK amenity arb conference, and for the third year in a row we have attracted more international presenters to the conference – 13 in total this year. READ MORE about the conference themes and the programme at www.trees.org.uk/Amenity-Conference >>

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Trustees and Committee Member Nominations at 2014 AGM

Do you want to shape the Arboricultural Association?

In advance of the Annual General Meeting on Monday 15 September 2014 at our National Amenity Conference at Royal Holloway, University of London, the Arboricultural Association is pleased to invite nominations from individual members willing to volunteer their time and effort to the work and aims of the AA and arboriculture, to act as either trustees or committee members.

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Tree safety: a matter of balance

Tree safety: a matter of balance

In light of recent media coverage on the risks posed by trees in areas of human traffic, the Arboricultural Association released a message on tree safety, arguing that ‘as with all risks, the issue of tree safety is a matter of balance’.

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Technical Officers on the road

New Equipment Demonstration

In late June, the AA North West Regional Group hosted an event looking at new equipment coming into the arb sector.

The event consisted of some really good background and scientific presentations of the equipment, followed by demonstrations. On display was the Syngenta system for stem injection of chemicals and Hansatech’s chlorophyll fluorescence measurement gizmo, which was really impressive to see in action.

Building on this event, we are looking to increase the number of presentations to include a bit more depth on current and future P&Ds, as well as sessions on the latest resistograph and Picus.

Look out for some up-and-coming dates.

Progress on ICoP

Simon Richmond

Work has been continuing on the new Industry Code of Practice for Arboriculture – Tree work at height (ICoP). Chris Cooper-Abbs, the lead author of the document, has completed the working draft – a mammoth task of research, informal discussions with industry practitioners and engagement with the team of peer reviewers and other experts in specific areas.

At time of writing, the document is receiving some further technical edits and will then be copy edited and prepared for industry consultation later in August.

This is slightly later than originally planned – not an unusual situation for a project of this significance – but it is so much more important to get the document right than to send out sooner a piece of work that is not fully checked.

All AA members will be notified of the start of the consultation, which will be posted on our website, and we will publicise widely to all sectors of the industry to invite their comment and contributions. Your constructive comments and suggestions are crucial to the success of this project, so please make sure you give your valuable views and opinions, for consideration following the consultation, which will probably run to the end of September.

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Workshops – SRT and Rigging

We have a number of dates pencilled in for the new Single Rope Technique (SRT) Workshop (not to be confused with the three-knot system) and the well-established Rigging Workshop. Both provide excellent value for money courtesy of sponsorship by ISC and Stein respectively. We really do recommend freeing up a date or two to attend the workshops to see how practical arb is advancing.

Rigging Workshops

4–5 September

Northern Branch

26–27 September

South East Branch

3-4 October

Midlands Branch

24-25 October

Scottish Branch

14–15 November

Irish Branch

Single Rope Technique Workshop

11 October

Scottish Branch

8 November


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Happy 80th Birthday, Ted Green

Happy Birthday,
Ted Green!

On Saturday 19 July, around 100 friends and former colleagues from all across the UK, along with guests from Scandinavia and Spain, gathered at the York Club in Windsor Great Park to celebrate Ted Green’s 80th birthday. Read more in the ARB Magazine (out 8 August).

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AA helps French Trace Commission

AA provides information and advice to French Trade Commission

One of the many tasks supported by our technical team involves providing information at international level, particularly across Europe. Recently we were involved with the French Trade Commission for the UK and Ireland to bring them up to speed on UK regulations and management in relation to trees, including standards for tree inspection, legal protection and landowner responsibilities. Another day in the office!

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AA contributes to Chalara forum

AA contributes to Chalara forum

AA well-attended industry forum on ash dieback was organised by the Tree Council, as part of their work for Defra, on 23/07/14. The event was hosted by Network Rail, at their training HQ near Coventry. Two AA representatives attended a very informative and well-structured event and were able to contribute views on ensuring adequate LA tree officer support, on practical how-to solutions and ways to influence government policy, and on recognising the risks to the nation’s tree stock, both from the inevitable loss of trees that will follow from the disease itself and from misinformed, reactive and potentially unnecessary felling and pruning.


South East Branch

Visual tree assessment for arborists

Places are still available for our popular workshop, presented by Jack Kenyon on Saturday 26 July 2014, 9am–4pm, at Merrist Wood College, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 3PE.

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Scottish Branch

Dates for your diary

20 August: Committee Meeting
5, 6, 7 September: Dundee Flower Show – Climbing demo for the public and the Scottish Branch will have a stand.
18 October: Autumn excursion to Dalkeith Country Park
25 October: Rigging workshop, to be held at RBGE

Further details will appear on the Scottish branch page VISIT REGULARLY >>


LTOA announces new executive committee

The London Tree Officers’ Association (LTOA) has announced a new Executive Committee. Richard Edwards, Tree and Woodland Officer for the London Borough of Croydon, will take up the position of Chair, while John Parker, Arboriculture and Landscape Manager for Transport for London will hold the position of Vice Chair.

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Jack Evans MBE FICFor

Jack Evans MBE FICFor, President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters from 1973 to 1975, has died. Jack worked with the Colonial Forest Service before returning to Britain in 1957 to work with SWOAC at Castle Douglas. He moved from there to Inverness in 1964 and then to work with Bingham, Hughes & MacPherson, which became Finlayson Hughes.

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Institute of Horticulture now Chartered

The Institute of Horticulture has become chartered and is now the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH), with a new logo as well as new plans and initiatives to enhance its standing and that of its members.

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Petition calling for abolition of road fuel duty on Alkylate fuel

Aspen Fuel UK has launched an online petition calling for the abolition of road fuel duty on Alkylate fuel.

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What we do and do not know about the physical benefits of urban trees

A Fund4Trees research project has been launched by the Trees and Design Action Group to collect and review research to date on the physical benefits of urban trees. The project will identify what is and what is not known about these benefits, and how best to improve our knowledge. READ MORE in the ARB Magazine (out 8 August).

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Two trees that cost Northern Rail almost £100,000

A council and a tree surgeon have been sentenced for safety failings after a worker was injured when a tree he had been felling landed on a railway line and was hit by a train. READ MORE on the HSE’s website.

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Responding and adapting to extreme weather: briefing

With the country recovering from unprecedented cases of extreme weather, the question now moves to how we build resilience and adapt to the changing climate. Government Knowledge has organised a briefing on 5 August to look at responding and adapting to extreme weather.

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9 weeks until the Landscape Show in Battersea Park

The Landscape Show unites the industry for two full days under one roof. From architects to garden designers, from holiday park owners to building developers and interior designers to landscapers, there is something for everyone. Register now for your FREE ticket at www.landscapeshow.co.uk/register.php >>



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