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JUNE 2013

Message from CEO Karen Martin

Work is now nearing completion to finalise all the last minute practical things which need to be sorted for the ARB Show. This year I understand we have our highest number of exhibitors and with the possibility, dare I tempt fate, of good weather, we are optimistic that it’s going to be a fantastic two days, on all fronts. I was wondering whether to camp and will certainly be around on both days and part of Friday evening to meet as many folk as possible, see the stands, watch the competitions and demonstrations and hear the band – Stompin’ on Spiders.

Since I last wrote work has really started in earnest on a number of activities which form part of this year’s Business Plan. Work such as reviewing and adding to our current training offering, reviewing members benefits, evaluating online/apps for our publications etc. Too many things to cover here. My thanks go to all those on the respective Committees and Working Parties who, with the support of HQ, are spearheading this work, and to those of you who have sent in constructive ideas. Please keep them coming!! What we can’t do this year we can plan in for the future.

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Tree Pests and Diseases – An Arborists' Field Guide

P&D Arborists’ Field Guide – pre-order and discounted ARB Show price

Tree Pests and Diseases – an Arborists’ Field Guide will be launched at the ARB Show on Friday 14 June, priced £15.00. You can purchase your copy there or by pre-ordering using the form available here. Pre-ordered books will be posted on 13 June if ordered by 12 June. Tree Pests and Diseases – an Arborists’ Field Guide has been designed as a sister publication to the very popular Fungi on Trees – an Arborists’ Field Guide, and there will be a discount available to buy both together at the ARB Show for just £20.00. READ MORE >>

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The ARB Show 2013 - 14-15 June at The Bathurst Estate, Cirencester

The ARB Show 2013, 14–15 June, sponsored by Stihl

Remember your free entry pass from the latest ARB Magazine

The biggest arboricultural show and networking event – is it in your diary? This year will see a packed show with technical demonstrations, the 3ATC UK Open, new products for both climbing and ground work, speed briefing events and on-site camping. With 79 exhibitors and ALL plots sold we have products ranging from climbing harnesses to books, boots to goggles, grinders to MEWPs and software to saws, the ARB Show is a true one stop shop for your specialist needs.

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3ATC Arboricultural Association Arborist Tree Challenge

3ATC UK Open Climbing Competition

Take part in the Arboricultural Association’s UK Open Arborist Tree Challenge (3ATC) at the ARB Show on 14 and 15 June – a truly Open competition! It’s both a challenge for competitors and a spectacle for those on the ground.

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The AA's 47th National Amenity Arboriculture Conference

The 47th National Conference, Exeter University – ‘Managing the Urban Forest’

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 be 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.

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New AA North West Regional Group

A new North West Regional Group of the AA is up and running. The initiative came from Ken Linford and Paul Bullimore, and a meeting of AA members in Salford agreed that the NW Region should have its own identity because Northern Branch covers such a large area divided in two by the Pennines – NWRG will be a sub-group of Northern Branch, for the short term at least. Dealga O’Callaghan was elected chair of NWRG and the working committee members are Paul Bullimore (Lancashire CC); Jonathan Smith (TEP); Scott ‘Trees R Green’ Davies (contractor); Ian Braddock (ADAS); and Dara Woods (Myerscough College) as the student liaison. NWRG will forge links with the regional groups of other relevant organisations like the RFS and ICF.

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New Scottish Branch committee member Vic McAnkrah

New Scottish Branch committee member

Scottish Branch is pleased to welcome new committee member Vic McAnkrah. Vic, from Killearn (a few miles from Loch Lomond), only set up his tree surgery business – Stumpz – in December 2012. He made his appearance at the Scottish Branch AGM in Dawyck Botanic Gardens in January, and is now an active committee member. Like many of the new generation of arborists, Vic spent his younger years with the Armed Forces. He was with The Royal Engineers for 8 years, including a period in bomb disposal. Part of his training also included harvesting timber on the battlefield for engineering solutions such as bridge building or providing a helicopter landing site in a jungle environment. Vic will start the RFS Level 2 course later this year.

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City of London - Threat to London's Trees

Technical paper for threat to London’s trees

The City of London is to be commended for taking the initiative to publish a technical paper about the threat to London's trees. Published on 5 June, the paper outlines the social, economic and environmental implications of the many novel threats to trees in our capital city. Aimed at landowners, insurers, risk managers, financial managers and many others who need to be aware of the loss of benefits that would arise from tree loss, the paper has been written in their terms. Communicating the benefits of trees to wide audience is a key objective of the AA and we commend this outreach by local government. Click to download the report and to watch a video blog by the City’s Director of Open Spaces.


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Rob Greenland retires from Brighton Council

Rob Greenland retires after 46 years with Brighton Council

Rob Greenland retired from local authority employment in April 2013 after 46 years and was given a civic reception by Mayor Bill Randall to mark his contribution to the preservation of the elm not only for Brighton but for the nation. Not wanting to waste the skills he developed during his career, Rob intends to be involved in selective consultancy. READ MORE on Rob’s illustrious career in the autumn issue of The ARB Magazine (out 9 August).

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ZIGZAG Petzl mechanical Prusik for arborists

PRODUCT RECALL: ZIGZAG Petzl mechanical Prusik for arborists

On Friday 12 April, Petzl was informed of an accidental fall at a training centre in Germany. This fall was related to a failure of the rope-end attachment hole of the Petzl ZIGZAG mechanical Prusik. Petzl has since been informed of another identical failure. These failures were the result of a particular configuration of a cantilevered and off-axis loaded upper carabiner. Petzl believes that this incorrect positioning of the connector could inadvertently occur during normal use with the potential for serious injury or death. Continued use of the ZIGZAG poses a risk of serious injury or death.

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Download the Ash dieback Apps

Ash dieback mobile phone apps

As the eyes and ears on the ground, it is important that we do all we can to inform researchers about ash dieback now that symptoms may be more apparent with trees in full leaf. There are two main mobile applications to do this – Tree Alert developed by the Forestry Commission and ASH Tag developed by University of East Anglia’s Adapt Group. Both applications are available on iSO and Android platforms and are free to access. When information and photographs are sent the material is confirmed and uploaded to location plans.

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Ash Dieback (Chalara fraxinea)

Chalara fraxinea – latest news

Be aware of the symptoms of ash dieback. There will be continued updates on the AA website and the Forestry Commission website where maps of the spread are posted alongside detailed symptoms information. By 3 June 2013 over 500 sites had been confirmed. Post confirmed sightings of Chalara fraxinea on the Facebook Group Ash Dieback Pictures, and include pictures of similar symptoms where a problem is confirmed not to be Chalara.

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Download the Plant Health Taskforce Report

Plant Health Taskforce Report

The Plant Health Taskforce Report has been released with a number of recommendations ‐ download it here. Secretary of State for the Environment Owen Paterson announced that work will begin right away on the recommendations around developing a plant health risk register and implementing procedures to predict, monitor and control pests and diseases. The rest of the recommendations will be examined and responded to later in the summer.

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Experts Question Time

Experts Question Time – discounted rates for AA members

On Tuesday 25 June, the Consulting Arborist Society and the ISA (UK&I) will jointly host a seminar with Jeremy Barrell and Dr David Lonsdale, two of the UK’s leading experts on tree safety. Whilst both will share some thoughts, the main aim is to have an audience-led discussion on issues raised within the arboricultural profession. To book your place, contact Jean McDermott at jean@isa-arboriculture.org. Tickets cost £55 for members of CAS and the ISA (UK&I), the AA, the LTOA and the MTOA. For others the cost is £75.

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Built and Natural Heritage traineeships

Want to work in heritage or the great outdoors?

12-month trainee placements, Peterborough and Stamford, £13,000 tax free bursary.
Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is looking for two enthusiastic trainees to undertake heritage placements starting in 2013. Placements will be based at: Burghley House – Working Forester, PECT – Trainee Community Forester. If you are up to the challenge click here to apply or call 01733 866441.

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Campaign to keep land-based studies in performance tables

Many of us no doubt became involved in the arboriculture industry through school, and you may be interested in supporting this campaign. As of 2015 land-based BTECs will no longer count in school league tables. The knock on effect will be that schools which currently offer land-based BTECs such as agriculture and horticulture will be forced to drop them from the curriculum because including those subjects will jeopardise their results. How can schools justify investment in these areas when these qualifications no longer count towards their standing in the league tables? The message seems clear: land-based studies in schools are not valued.

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Professor Julian Evans OBE

ICF welcomes new president

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is pleased to announce that Professor Julian Evans OBE, formerly its Vice President, has been elected President by members at their recent AGM and national conference in Glasgow.

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The Planning Portal Application Service

Planning Portal – tree work applications

The Planning Portal application service is an electronic delivery service for forms and documents and works for everything from the most complicated planning applications right down to relatively simple applications for tree work. You can submit applications to every local authority in England and Wales from the comfort of your office. A Planning Portal account gives access to current and draft applications all day, every day. You can also access submitted applications that are up to two years old.

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Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust awards Travelling Fellowships to British citizens from all walks of life to travel overseas, to bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in their UK professions and communities. Fellows receive a travel grant to cover return and internal travelling, daily living and insurance within the countries visited. One of the categories this year is Environment & Sustainable Living. For details and to see the other categories, see www.wcmt.org.uk/. The closing date for applications is 24 September 2013, for travel in 2014.

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£28,000 fine for the felling of protected yew trees

A businessman responsible for illegally felling a protected yew has been ordered to pay a total of £28,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The accused has been ordered to pay back £13,750 under the Proceeds of Crime Act and fined £10,000. He must also pay the prosecution costs of £4,896. An interesting case and further details will be published as they emerge.

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Hillier Nurseries RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold

Hillier takes risk to the city

Hillier Nurseries has been awarded its 68th consecutive RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal for the exhibit ‘Risk’. Hillier managing director and exhibit designer Andy McIndoe said, ‘All gardeners face the risks of choosing the right plant for the right place, the right soil, the right colour scheme, and the right climate. Imagine how these risks are compounded when you have to ensure over 3500 trees and plants are at the peak of perfection for that one critical day when the Chelsea judges come visiting!’

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Dan Crowley ©iWork Films

Courtesy of ©iWork Films

New plant expertise role at Westonbirt

A new role has been created at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt to help develop and share expert plant knowledge. The National Arboretum’s new dendrologist, Dan Crowley, will support the mapping, archiving, identification and verification of plants in the 16,000-specimen tree collection. Dan will be recording his progress through the new Westonbirt Dendrologist’s Blog.

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New initiative from Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank

With a host of new pests and diseases attacking the UK’s native treescape, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank is tackling the threat by establishing the country’s first national collection of tree seeds – the UK National Tree Seed Project. The UK is unusual in that it does not have comprehensive and genetically representative ex situ collections of native tree populations for research and use in practical conservation. Thanks to support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, who have provided £100,000 in funding, seeds from the UK’s best loved and most vulnerable trees and shrubs will be collected and protected in long-term storage in the vaults of the Millennium Seed Bank facility at Wakehurst in Sussex.


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