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ISSUE 41

JULY 2016

Introducing our new CEO

Stewart Wardrop - AA's new CEO

Following Karen’s farewell last month we are pleased to announce that the Association’s new CEO will be Stewart Wardrop. Stewart will be in post from Monday 2nd October, although he has already found time to spend a few days with us at the Malthouse to make the learning curve as gentle as possible.

A Gloucestershire lad through and through, Stewart has a deep and passionate love of the outdoors, which has always played an important part in his life. Stewart lives locally with his wife and 3 children and he’s close enough to the Malthouse that he says “the old rusting push bike in the garage may just get a dust off on a nice summer’s day.”

He built his career in the manufacturing sector to become the European Technical Director for a large company, setting up complex manufacturing plants around the world which would supply products for a 10 year duration with a sales value ranging from £20 million to £100 million.

In 2002 Stewart’s priorities changed and wanting to see his children grow up he chose to run more local manufacturing businesses, most recently running a company specialising in making high value diamond grinding wheels for the aerospace and automotive industries.

2010 bought a new career path as Stewart became the General Manager of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA). He describes the last five years as ‘enjoyable, fun and hard work’. The RPRA, with 23,000 members, needed considerable modernising and restructuring albeit in a manner that ensured services to members were not diminished but substantially improved. Over the last five years Stewart oversaw changes benefiting both the RPRA members and the sport in general through delivering strategic plans whilst ensuring the stability and longevity of the RPRA.

Stewart recognises the solid foundations laid in place by the previous CEO and is looking forward to using his previous experience in the new role.

“I look forward to working with all of you, thank you for this great opportunity.”

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The AA's 50th National Amenity Conference – 4-7 September 2016

BE AN EARLY BIRD AND SAVE UP TO 20% ON THE 50TH AA AMENITY CONFERENCE

Join us for this special 50th Anniversary Conference

29 Speaker Sessions
7 International Speakers
Fantastic Residential Accommodation
Up to 40 Exhibitors

In celebration of 50 years of the National Amenity Conference we are presenting a unique and stimulating range of subjects, delivered by 27 International and UK speakers many of who have not previously graced the AA or UK’s conference stage.

In line with our mission of collaboration we are presenting the middle conference day in conjunction with one of our key partnership organisations The Landscape Institute. This is the first time we have collaborated on Conference and the day aims to introduce a new approach and recognise the benefits of sharing information, protocols and procedures, as well as making new business connections.

Conference 2016 will help to drive the sector toward a combined and unified voice in establishing, maintaining, protecting and promoting urban trees.

Sunday Field Trip

The Conference begins on Sunday 4th September with a fantastic opportunity to visit the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) ‘FACE’ (Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment) research site. The innovative project site features experiments around the function and health of trees in three 30m diameter areas of woodland exposed to elevated levels of carbon dioxide. We’ll be treated to an overview of the projects, insights and a tour of the facility and woodland experimental plots.

Other events: Arboricultural Association Awards, Annual Conference Gala Dinner, AGM, Tree Planting, Trade Exhibition.

Click here to see the full Conference programme
Click here if you want to see booking options and prices

What are you waiting for?

Book online here before 3 August

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TRUSTEE AND COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS 2016-2017 INFLUENCE THE WAY FORWARD

We are still seeking nominations for two Trustee positions and 10 Committee representatives.

The Association is continuing to grow in influence and stature and the role of the Board and Committees is pivotal to our growth and success. As a member we’d love to know if you would be interested in, and could commit to, working as a Trustee or Committee representative? Our core objective is to represent Arboriculture in the UK and overseas, and promote the sustainable management of trees for the benefit of society in the places where people live, work and play.

We are first and foremost a membership organisation – the “go to” body for arboriculture in the UK, with members engaged in the widest range of activities across a variety of sectors; civic, commercial, utility and academic.

Applications are welcome from all sectors, ages and gender to play an active part in the Association. We simply ask that you are willing to give us your time, ideas and energy to help us achieve our aims:

  • Inspiring Society to understand the value of amenity trees
  • Influencing decision makers to value, secure, fund and promote amenity trees
  • Improving an understanding of trees and their environment

As a Trustee or Committee member you can help us turn these goals into achievable actions which, with the support of the committed team at Head Office, can then be implemented.

If you are interested in getting involved but are unsure about what this would mean, please speak to a current Trustee / Committee member or Committee Chair. All would be happy to confidentially discuss what is involved and answer any questions.

The closing date for nominations is tomorrow – Friday 22nd July 2016. Full details of the available vacancies are outlined in our nomination form.

DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION FORM >>

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Formal agreement in place between AA and ISA

FORMAL AGREEMENT IN PLACE FOR AA AND ISA

The Arboricultural Association (the AA) and the International Society for Arboriculture (ISA) are pleased to announce that a formal agreement is now in place between the two organisations, establishing the AA as an ISA Associate Organisation.

It is important to reiterate that in becoming an Associate Organisation the AA will not be relinquishing any aspect of our independence or status, nor will we become a Chapter. We will remain as we are now but with closer global affiliations and the opportunity to represent arboriculture world-wide as well as through our established platform as the UK’s “Voice of Arboriculture”.

We are very excited about the opportunities this new relationship between the AA and ISA will bring and are pleased to inform you that it will be possible within the next few weeks for individuals to join the AA or ISA through our respective websites. Please note it is not necessary to be a member of both and nor will AA membership confer ISA membership. The two will remain as separate but affiliated organisations.

We are now reviewing our publications list and will hopefully be adding to our sales offering throughout the year via the AA website. Certification and the servicing of existing ISA certification holders will be considered by the AA Board and we are currently discussing the details of the tree climbing championships and its interplay with our highly valued 3ATC competition. When more information is available we will inform our members.
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New series of UK events for the Assessment of Tree orks in collaboration with Myerscough College

NEW ASSESSMENT OF TREE FORKS – CONVENIENT DATES AND LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE

Arboricultural Association branches, in association with Myerscough College, present this exclusive series of training courses instructed by Dr. Duncan Slater.

Do you know how a branch is attached to the trunk of a tree?

If not, don’t you think you should?

This one-off run of events is primarily aimed at those who have experience working within the arboricultural industry but new entrants will also benefit from this course in terms of learning a method to assess junctions in the aerial parts of trees. Any arboricultural professional, including arborists, local authority tree officers, arboricultural consultants, tree surveyors, tree contractors and landscape architects. It may also be useful to arboricultural students, those interested in tree risk management, tree architecture or plant biomechanics.

These courses are a one off series, so please book now to avoid disappointment…

Members: £75 + VAT | Non-members: £110 + VAT

Interested?

Choose a date from below and book your place now

3 August, Ely, Cambridgeshire
4 August, Cobham, Surrey
9 August, Buckfastleigh, Devon
10 August, Bristol
11 August, Wokingham, Berkshire
23 August, Preston, Lancashire
24 August, Ponteland, Northumberland
25 August, York, Yorkshire
31 August, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
1 September, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
13 September, Edinburgh, Scotland

FIND OUT MORE >>

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Chairman’s report of the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

RHS HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW – THE CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Jago Keen attended the Hampton Court Flower Show where topics discussed included health and horticulture and the benefits of green infrastructure.
READ JAGO’S REVIEW >>

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The Arboricultural Association branded gear coming soon

COMING SOON NEW ARB ASSOCIATION BRANDED GEAR

To celebrate the recent launch of the new AA logo, we will be introducing a range of branded shirts, polo shirts, hats and beanies for members which will be available for you to buy in our online shop.

More extensive dissemination of the new branding will raise both public and industry awareness of the Association in the long term, to the benefit of the organisation and its membership. The introduction of the new AA kit will enable our many committed members, committee volunteers and supporters to show their support of the Associations’ visions and values whilst strengthening the public presence of the new brand.

We’re always keen to hear your feedback, so if you think you’ve got a clever idea for a piece of AA gear you’d like to see please let us know at ideas@trees.org.uk

Look out for further announcements in the coming months…

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OTHER UPCOMING COURSES:

PROFESSIONAL TREE INSPECTION – 3-DAY COURSE

15–17 November 2016
Brandon, Suffolk
Members: £425 – Non-members: £495 (plus VAT)

Instructor: Ben Abbatt.

Visit our website to book: BOOK NOW >>

     

BS 5837 ADVANCED: TREE ASSESSMENT FOR PLANNING

10 October 2016
BOOK NOW >>

BS 5837 ADVANCED: MANAGING TREES ON CONSTRUCTION SITES

11 October 2016
BOOK NOW >>

Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
Member: £140 – Non-member: £180 (plus VAT)
Presented by: Jeremy Barrell

     

TREE PROTECTION AND PLANNING - THE ROLE OF THE TREE OFFICER

23 November 2016
Ely, Cambridgeshire
FREE-OF-CHARGE for Local Tree Officers

Instructor: Richard Nicholson.

Visit our website to book: BOOK NOW >>

     
 

For the latest list of courses for 2016 click here TRAINING COURSES >>

 
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FREE Virtual membership of the Utility Arboriculture Group (UAG)

REGISTER FREE TO BECOME A VIRTUAL MEMBER OF THE UTILITY ARBORICULTURE GROUP

Simply send an email request to Arboricultural Association at uag@trees.org.uk

Receive regular email communication back with UAG Safety Bulletins and news about what the Group is aiming to achieve in 2016.

Find out more about the Utility Arboriculture Group

BRANCH NEWS

WALES BRANCH

ADVANCED TREE INSPECTION

17-18 OCTOBER 2016
PICTON CASTLE, HAVERFORDWEST, PEMBROKESHIRE

COST: £295 per person

A new specially designed two-day course that provides advanced tree inspection training which will enable you to identify symptoms and defects from ground-based surveys.

The course is designed so you learn how to clearly and competently inspect potentially hazardous trees, recording your inspection process to form a part of a defensible system.

Ideal for:
– Anyone aspiring to carry out tree inspections at a professional standard
– Existing professional tree inspectors who wish to consolidate their skills and update their knowledge

FOR MORE INFORMATION >>
For Booking and Enquiries email simonscottingtrees@aol.com

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NORTHERN BRANCH

NOW FULLY BOOKED

VISUAL TREE ASSESSMENT FOR ARBORISTS – A WORKSHOP WITH JACK KENYON

12 AUGUST 2016
CENTRE IN THE PARK, NORFOLK HERITAGE PARK, SHEFFIELD

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SOUTH EAST BRANCH

A REVIEW OF THE ELM STUDY DAY

The AA South East Branch in association with the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) presented an Elm Study Day in Preston Park, Brighton on 8 July. The 70 delegates enjoyed a day of talks and tours of the park and thanks to brightonelmtrees.com there is a review of the day.
For Booking and Enquiries email READ MORE >>

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If you would like to be involved with your local branch do check out the relevant section of the AA website for branch contact details

FIND A BRANCH NEAR YOU >>

CROSS-INDUSTRY NEWS

The Gall Wasp

STAY ALERT TO CHESTNUT TREE PEST

The Forestry Commission is asking people to join its tree health surveyors in keeping an eye out for an exotic pest.

Oriental chestnut gall wasp (OCGW), a pest of sweet chestnut trees first found in the UK in 2015, has been spotted in South-East England.

More detailed biosecurity guidance is available from the Forestry Commission website at www.forestry.gov.uk/biosecurity

For more on OCGW, including a guide to symptoms, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/gallwasp

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TREE PLANTING AND REDUCING FLOOD RISKS – CONFOR CALLS FOR MORE AMBITION

READ MORE >>

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AA supports RHS initiative 'Green Plan It'

AA SUPPORTING RHS ‘GREEN PLAN IT’ INITIATIVE

READ MORE >>

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LTOA ELECTS NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

READ MORE >>

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Observatree volunteers identify over 500 cases of tree disease

OBSERVATREE PROJECT

VOLUNTEERS IDENTIFY MORE THAN 500 CASES OF TREE DISEASE IN ONE YEAR

For more information about the project and to download tree pest and disease resources visit
www.observatree.org.uk

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NATIONAL TREE OFFICERS CONFERENCE 2016

The 2016 National Tree Officers Conference is a unique event offering the latest research, best practice and innovation in different areas of local authority arboricultural work.

Booking information: www.charteredforesters.org/tree-officers-conference

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Valuing and Managing Veteran Trees Advanced 3 day course

VALUING AND MANAGING VETERAN TREES

A THREE DAY ADVANCED COURSE FOR TRAINERS

Cumbria, 28-30 September 2016

A great opportunity which, among other objectives, will provide you with the tools to deliver a one day basic training course ‘Valuing and Managing Veteran Trees’.
BOOK NOW >>

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CALL FOR PAPERS ISSUED FOR TREES, PEOPLE AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT 3

A call for papers has been issued for a major triennial international urban trees research conference. Trees People and the Built Environment 3 (TPBE 3) will take place on 5-6 April 2017, at the University of Birmingham, and follows on from acclaimed events in 2011 and 2014.
FIND OUT MORE >>

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The Landsacpe Show 2016

LANDSCAPE SHOW 2016
- MOST DIVERSE SEMINAR PROGRAMME EVER

Speakers include Baroness Foukes and Ian Barrow from Bartlett Tree Experts.
FIND OUT MORE >>

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WOODLAND TRUST TREE OF THE YEAR 2016

NOMINATE YOUR FAVOURITE TREE

FIND OUT MORE >>

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Sign up for the 'Go Nuts Challenge'

SIGN UP NOW FOR PERENNIAL ‘NUTS CHALLENGE

Perennial is hoping people will get very muddy to raise much-needed funds for the charity this September. The Go Nuts for HortAid Challenge takes place on Sunday 18 September in Dorking, Surrey. The iconic 5km muddy obstacle course is one of the most popular challenge events in the UK and Perennial is hoping to attract teams (of between 5 and 10 people) from across the horticulture industry to take part.

To find out more about Go Nuts for HortAid or any of the other HortAid challenge events, www.hortaid.org.uk call Chris Crooker on 0800 093 8510 or email: hortaid@perennial.org.uk

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