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ISSUE 30

JULY 2015

From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

As we all make the most of the recent burst of sunshine and heatwaves, work at The Malthouse and around the country continues, with a busy schedule of assessments and training courses.

We are half way through our most comprehensive year of training courses ever and continue to announce new ones as demand spreads. The rate of new membership applications continues to increase. We have completed our analysis of The ARB Show and are delighted to now confirm that after excellent feedback and attendance it will take place on 3-4 June 2016 at Westonbirt – the UK’s National Arboretum. But of course our main focus at present is the Amenity Conference at Warwick University ‘Sustainability and the Urban Forest’. We have an excellent programme which I’m sure will excite you. I hope to see you there!

NOMINATIONS FOR TRUSTEE AND COMMITTEE POSTS

Are you enthusiastic, committed and knowledgeable in an area of arboriculture?

Perhaps you work as a contractor, a tree officer, a consultant, in education, in landscape architecture or in a related field?

Would you like to help the AA deliver its strategic plan by taking up a voluntary role within the organisation?

We are looking to recruit to several trustee and committee posts in the AA and are seeking nominations from our membership. You will need the ability to work well in a team, to work closely with paid AA staff and to work towards the shared goals of our strategic plan. Post holders will make a major contribution to the AA and arboriculture, and will have opportunities to network beyond their usual boundaries and impact on the development of arboricultural thinking and practice.

If you are potentially interested but not sure what’s involved and would like to have an informal and confidential chat, please email me on karen@trees.org.uk. Nomination papers have now been sent out, click the link to download the nomination form.

Karen Martin

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The 49th National Amenity Conference – Sustainability and the Urban Forest at the University of Warwick 20-23 September 2015

2015 AMENITY CONFERENCE –
DON’T MISS OUT ON EARLY BIRD SAVINGS!

Preparations continue for the 2015 Amenity Conference ‘Sustainability and The Urban Forest’.

We are pleased to announce a fantastic line up of keynote speakers for this year’s event. They include Lord Framlingham, who campaigns spiritedly in the House of Lords to raise the profile of the importance of trees in general and urban trees in particular; he will be speaking on the challenges facing trees. Chief Plant Health Officer at Defra, Nicola Spence, a strong believer in safeguarding the future of our trees and plants, will be the second keynote speaker. She will discuss the plant biosecurity strategy for Great Britain. Highly respected Professor Ed Gilman will be attending from the University of Florida’s Environmental Horticulture Department to give an in-depth presentation on the underground journey from seed to mature tree.
Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute, will give her keynote speech on the subject of collaboration, and completing our keynote schedule, leading Senior Arboricultural Consultant Paul Muir will speak on choosing appropriate tree-failure criteria.

This year’s conference will also feature a Sunday field trip to Stoneleigh Abbey, site of the famous Shakespeare’s Oak. The field trip will include lunch at the abbey followed by a guided walk with several illustrious contributors, including Lord Framlingham himself, who was involved in the management of some of the trees over 40 years ago.

As always there will be a great range of speakers from the UK and overseas and a host of exhibitors, along with the awards presentation, tree planting and dinner – all held within the state-of-the-art facilities at Warwick University, which has been the venue for some of our most successful events. Conference 2015 promises to be one of the best yet.

This year prices have been held at 2014 rates, but to benefit from early bird savings delegates must book their place by Wednesday 19 August.

Visit www.trees.org.uk/Amenity-Conference for the complete list of speakers and more information.

Book your place now for early bird rate: BOOKING FORM >>

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The ARB Show 2015 at Westonbirt – was a record breaker!

ARB SHOW 2015 –
A RECORD BREAKER

Thanks to all of you for your feedback on ARB Show 2015

Gate takings up over 50% on 2014

78 climbers competing in 3ATC

Show area increased significantly – over 90 exhibitors

New venue at Westonbirt The National Arboretum

The sun shone and the wind blew in visitors from as far afield as the Shetlands, Germany, Belgium and Israel for the Arboricultural Association’s 17th ARB Show on 5–6 June … and all the records for attendance and takings were broken over two glorious days at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum.

Gate takings were up by over 50% this year with over 3,100 arborists and members of the general public passing through the entrance gate, and as one visitor commented, ‘It really feels like The ARB Show has come to its proper home’. READ MORE in the next ARB Magazine (out on 7 August).

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Arboriculture Australia Conference and Climbing Competition

BS5837: TREE SURVEYING AND CATEGORISATION

THURSDAY 13TH AUGUST 2015
PEMBROKESHIRE, WALES

Book your place now for this course which will enable delegates to collect usable and accurate tree data for use in BS5837 reports. This will include in-depth categorisation of trees using the tree quality assessment cascade chart. The course is aimed at any person, in any industry, involved in undertaking or reviewing BS5837 reports.

BOOK NOW >>

OTHER UPCOMING COURSES:

Valuing and Managing of Veteran Trees

12 August – Ponteland, Northumberland – Member: £110 | Non-member: £175
BOOK NOW >>

     

Professional Tree Inspection Refresher

18 August – Penkridge, Staffordshire – Member: £150 | Non-member: £180
BOOK NOW >>

     

Basic Tree Survey and Inspection

19 August – Penkridge, Staffordshire – Member: £110 | Non-member: £175
BOOK NOW >>

THE ARBORICULTURAL ASSOCIATION AWARD

Thank you to all who submitted a nomination for the 2015 Arboricultural Association Award. The panel will now consider nominees and the award will be presented to the recipient at the Amenity Conference in September following the Association’s Annual Conference Gala Dinner.

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MEMBERSHIP NEWS

A FRESH APPROACH TO CPD

The AA requires ALL Technician, Professional and Fellow members to undertake a certain amount of CPD as part of an ongoing commitment to their membership.

We are pleased to announce a new qualitative approach to CPD that:

focuses on developing your skills and knowledge;

helps you to plan and manage your personal development; and

supports and optimises your CV for future career development.

A new form has been designed that will focus on what you have achieved, not just the hours you have recorded.

The new approach will ensure that you have a comprehensive record of your CPD which will be far more effective in supporting your career goals – and the form has been designed to be simpler to use.

If you have any queries about the new process please do not hesitate to contact: membership@trees.org.uk.

Interested in upgrading your membership? See if you qualify for a membership upgrade: download application forms and find out about the benefits of each grade here:
VISIT THE NEW CPD PAGE >>

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Board approve revised complaints procedure

Professional Committee have recently reviewed the Complaints Procedure to ensure it remains best fit for purpose. Amendments were approved by the Board on 9 July. The revised procedure will come into effect on 16 July and be published for reference online.

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Help the AA avoid your spam filter

MEMBER COMMUNICATIONS

One of the key functions of the Association is to keep you, as a member, informed and engaged with what is going on in the world of arboriculture. Training courses, events, new publications, industry developments, requests for your opinions and a host of other issues are sent to you on a regular basis. The ARB Magazine is also, of course, an important part of that communication process.

We also send you information as emails – particularly where we need to provide information quickly and efficiently.

We are aware that some email clients like Outlook are deploying more sophisticated tools such as ‘Clutter’ to filter out some regular correspondence and that some important emails from the Association may not be getting through to you. For most email clients the solution is to whitelist or add the AA as a contact in your contacts directory and if you have not already done so we would suggest that the following addresses are in your address book:

membership@trees.org.uk
training@trees.org.uk
admin@trees.org.uk
arbac@trees.org.uk
enews@trees.org.uk
marketing@trees.org.uk

You can find information about whitelisting for the most popular email clients here:
READ MORE >>

Please be assured that we endeavour to only provide you with information that is timely and relevant – and that we expect to deliver communications in an even more targeted manner as our new marketing tools become available later this year.

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TRAINING:
ESSENTIAL TO BOOK EARLY

The AA is constantly endeavouring to improve its offer of training courses and 2015 is no exception with a number of new courses available. But it is essential that you BOOK EARLY to ensure that these courses can go ahead. As a general rule of thumb, we need a minimum number of bookings a month before the course date so we can avoid cancellation and disappointment. So please get in early and book your course.
VISIT OUR TRAINING PAGES >>

DON’T FORGET:
ALL TRAINING COURSES CAN BE BOOKED ONLINE.
IT’S QUICKER, IT’S EASIER!
WWW.TREES.ORG.UK/TRAINING >>

BRANCH NEWS

Cornwall Branch News

CORNWALL BRANCH

PENJERRICK GARDEN VISIT AND GEOSYNTHETICS EVENING TALK

WEDNESDAY 29 JULY

The Cornwall Branch – Skoren Gernewek invite you to join them at Penjerrick Gardens, Budock Water, Falmouth TR11 5ED: £3 entrance fee. The garden visit will be followed by an evening presentation by Geosynthetics Cellweb at Epiphany House, Truro, between 6pm and 8pm with food provided. If you would like to attend either or both events or for further information please contact Alan Rowe at alrowe@cornwall.gov.uk

READ MORE >>

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SOUTH EAST BRANCH

VISUAL TREE ASSESSMENT FOR ARBORISTS

A workshop with Jack Kenyon

SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER 2015
EXBURY GARDENS, EXBURY, HAMPSHIRE

This popular workshop provides an excellent introduction to the art of visual tree assessment (VTA) and is a great opportunity to improve existing VTA skills, learning from a legendary arboriculturist, within one of the finest woodland gardens in the country.

Places cost: £50
BOOK NOW >>

CROSS-INDUSTRY NEWS

Re-launching the Treework Seminar Series

TREE-LINED ROUTES AND THE LINEAR FOREST

It’s been a while but it’s back with a boom! The Treework Seminar Series is returning with a characteristically challenging and timely event. This seminar, to be held at Kew Gardens on 25 November, will explore the potential of the linear forest as green lungs, ecosystem, aesthetic heritage and economic asset and aims to create an integrated vision to inform regional, national and trans-national policies. The seminar will have speakers from the UK and further afield and is supported by the AA and the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Bookings: treeworks-seminars.co.uk. READ MORE in the next ARB Magazine (out on 7 August)

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HAMPTON SHOW GARDEN HIGHLIGHTS PERENNIAL’S SUPPORT FOR WOMEN IN HORTICULTURE

The garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show which celebrates the role of women in horticulture since the Victorian era, highlighted the role that the charity Perennial plays in helping all those in the industry during times of need.
READ MORE >>

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FORESTRY’S GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR HILL FARMERS

Hill farmers have been urged to consider diversifying their operations by planting woodland, after new figures showed a significant increase in the relative benefits of forestry to farming in the Southern Uplands of Scotland.
READ MORE >>

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LASKETT GARDENS BEQUEATHED TO PERENNIAL

Sir Roy Strong bequeaths Laskett gardens to Perennial, safeguarding them for the next generation.
READ MORE >>

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FUND4TREES ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH TREES DESIGN AND ACTION GROUP

Mark Johnston, a trustee of TDAG and supporter of Fund4Trees, describes an exciting new research collaboration.
READ THE ANNOUNCEMENT >>

Follow Fund4Trees on Facebook:
FACEBOOK >>

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ICF’S ANNUAL FORESTRY & ARBORICULTURAL CAREERS FAIR AT ROYAL WELSH SHOW 2015

The Institute of Chartered Foresters’ event will showcase the range of careers and courses available across the UK, and provide an interactive display of forestry tools and forest specimens.
READ MORE >>

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ICF AND FORESTRY LAUNCH FOREST ECONOMICS PRIZE

A new award has been launched by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research, to celebrate research on forest economics. The Forest Economics Prize will be awarded to the best paper on this subject accepted for publication in Forestry. For more information, visit the Forestry website.
VISIT WEBSITE >>

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‘TREE HOUSE WITHOUT A TREE’ DESIGN COMPETITION

This design competition will form part of the LANDSCAPE show and feature within this year’s London Design Festival. The competition is open to all and the winner will receive a £1,000 cash prize.
READ MORE >>

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TREECONOMICS URBAN FOREST SERVICES

Kenton Rogers of Treeconomics, a social enterprise which offers urban forest planning and management and monitoring services, made a well-received presentation at the recent Big Barn Conference held at Barcham Trees' Cambridgeshire nursery. He gave a talk on the London i-Tree scheme and its implications for urban forestry management throughout the UK. I-Tree is a free-to-use software suite, which quantifies urban forest structure, function and values.

To request a booklet which outlines the services offered by Treeconomics, e-mail info@treeconomics.co.uk or telephone 01323 768155.

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