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June 2014

From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

There can’t be many sectors where the elements don’t put off visitors, but they certainly didn’t put off those attending the ARB Show on Saturday. The weather threw everything at us: a day of sunshine Friday, a torrential storm which must have lasted an hour on Saturday morning, followed by more sunshine and, yep, the inevitable mud. Yet we had record numbers of attendees both days, despite it being an APF year and a dire Saturday weather forecast.

There cannot be many jobs where you have the opportunity to meet over 2,200 people from your sector over a two-day period, be lifted in a MEWP and allowed, with all the necessary safety harnessing and ropes, to abseil down a 45(?)-metre tree. What a privilege that I have one of those jobs! I even have a rope burn to prove to my kids that I did it … and loved it. Other highlights for me were watching the climbing competitions and the ability of the climbers who made it look so easy, meeting two visitors from Latvia eager to find out more about arboriculture in the UK, and talking to Bill (Matthews), not only an Arboricultural Founding Father with enormous global arb experience but, as I found out, a D-Day veteran, and I met him on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. He was certainly Arb Enough!

It’s a bit difficult to come down to earth but we must, and it’s now full steam ahead to review the show, to build upon its success, gather feedback and look at next year’s. The conference booking form is now on the web and bookings are coming through, even though we are yet to promote it. Professor Nicola Spence, Defra’s newly appointed Chief Plant Health Officer, is visiting the AA this week to meet with Jago and Jon Heuch.

We can only be responsive to our members by giving you a voice and listening. Please look out for a brief publications survey, to determine needs, and a training survey to find out in more detail exactly what you want and how we can best meet those requirements. Please take time out of your busy days to complete them. I promise they will both only take 5 minutes.

Karen Martin

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A big welcome to the ARB Show 2014 with primary sponser STIHL for the 10th year

ARB Show 2014 pulls in over 2,200 visitors

The 16th ARB Show, held at the Bathurst estate, proved to be yet another record breaker, bringing in 10% more visitors than the 2013 show – despite the threat of stormy weather and mud underfoot. Simon Richmond, show organiser, was delighted with the two days and reports that a significant number of exhibitors took large orders or booked sales up from previous years. There were also happy smiling faces amongst the prize draw winners –

Craig Fergus-Jones wins the ATIHL MSA 160 T

Winner of the STIHL Prize draw: Craig Fergus-Jones, who received a STIHL MSA 160 T cordless chainsaw. It must be Craig’s week – he also became an ARB Approved Contractor (Fergus-Jones Tree Specialists).

ARB Show AA 50th Anniversary Quiz – winner of 50 metres of spliced climbing rope, sponsored by Honey Brothers: Zac Ford.

Look out for a full report on this year’s show in the autumn ARB Magazine (out 8 August).

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Early Bird Discounts available for the 48th National Amenity Conference – Book Now

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

‘Applied Arboriculture: Healthy Trees, Healthy People’

14–17 September, Royal Holloway, Egham, Surrey

The Royal Holloway

The 2014 Amenity Conference will focus on the proposition that ‘Trees make places better for people’. The three-day event will deliver a wide range of opinions, expertise and thought-provoking commentary – something for everyone, whether you are in the public sector, academia or a commercial business.

35 speakers will present on the conference’s principal themes:

Tree populations: climate change and biodiversity
Managing tree health
Trees and human health
Challenging established practices
Delivering health and well-being with trees


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Please take part in our Membership Survey for Publications

Membership survey

What publications do you want?

As part of the programme to improve member services, the Media & Communications Committee is reviewing the Association’s range of publications. As a first step in the process we would like to canvass the opinion of members regarding potential new titles. Would you be willing to participate in a very short survey? It will only take 5 minutes of your time. Please go to:

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TrustMark launch a BIG success!

TrustMark™ launch a BIG success!

The AA’s recently attained TrustMark™ status was launched at the ARB Show and deemed a resounding success, with many ArbACs signing up on the day. The scheme is focused solely at the ‘domestic’ tree surgery market by providing good customer care practices and quality workmanship, and is a balance to the existing CHAS Accredited Contractor status which is of principal value to the commercial tree surgery market.
CLICK HERE >> for further information about getting your business ARB Approved, with TrustMark™ and CHAS.

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The 3ATC Climbing Competition winners

3ATC reaches new heights at the ARB Show

A total of 58 climbers took part in the 2014 3ATC Open sponsored by Arbjobs.com over the two days of the ARB Show. Nick Pott said, ‘Donations from competitors to Cancer Research raised £870, well over the £600 target. Thank you all and well done.’ And a massive thank you to all the helpers who make these events happen, especially the team of volunteer judges who gave up their time to set up and run the event. The winners in the three sections of the Open were: Premier Climbers Graham Bird; Expert Climbers Michael Curwen; and Novice Climbers William Rhodes. For a full list of results and more info:

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DART (Disaster Arborist Response Team)

Supported by the Arboricultural Association

DART International UK is a volunteer humanitarian response team that aims to provide volunteer teams of experienced and qualified arborists to support worldwide humanitarian operations by removing obstructive trees and enabling other aid and rescue organisations to operate safely and effectively. Want to help?


South East Branch

The AA South East Branch attends the South of England Show

At the South of England Show

The South East Branch shared a stand with the Forestry Commission at the South of England Show at Ardingly on 5–7 June, promoting the aims of the AA and giving technical advice. A climbing demonstration was provided by four students from Merrist Wood College, and the stand was visited by HRH Anne, Princess Royal. READ MORE in the autumn ARB Magazine (out 8 August).

Next assignment: South East Branch will share a stand with the Forestry Commission at the Weald Wood Fair, 26–28 September at Bentley, East Sussex. If you would like to volunteer to help with the stand, please email aasoutheast@yahoo.co.uk indicating your availability.

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North West Regional Group

New equipment demonstrations

30 June 2014, Croxteth Park, Liverpool

New Equipment Demonstration

This one-day seminar is aimed at working arboricultural contractors, local authority tree officers, consultants and others involved in day-to-day tree management decisions, to view Tree Micro-Injection and the Arborcheck Nursery Benchmark System. This is an opportunity to be among the first to see these new developments in action and everyone is welcome to attend. Price per delegate is £25.00 +VAT. To book a place and pay by card, visit the online booking system available at:

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Stratford upon Avon Garden Show to be held at Alscot Estate

Midland Branch

At Stratford upon Avon Garden Show

The Midlands Branch will be represented by Peter Wharton at the first Stratford upon Avon Garden Show to be held at Alscot Estate on 18–20 July. The stand will be located beneath the most historic tree on the estate, which is an approximately 460-year-old sweet chestnut, recently reduced as part of the estate’s tree management programme.


Urban Forest Resilience Conference

Urban Forest Resilience Conference

Forestry Commission London followed up on its ‘Threats to London’s trees’ seminar last year with a seminar focusing on resilience, held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Following the keynote speech by Forestry Commission Chairman Sir Harry Studholme, AA Chairman Jago Keen introduced the audience to the concept of socio-ecological resilience. READ MORE in the autumn ARB Magazine (out 8 August).

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BSI B/213 Trees Technical Committee chairman

Mick Boddy recently stepped down as chair of the British Standards Institution’s B/213 Trees Technical Committee, having completed his second term of office. The Arboricultural Association would like to thank Mick for his work in chairing the committee and his input to the production of such valuable industry standards and documents. A replacement chair has not yet been appointed by BSI.

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Expert’s Question Time II

Expert’s Question Time II: Managing Trees, Managing Risk

1 July, Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh

Organised by the Consulting Arborist Society, this seminar explains what the law expects of you as a manager of trees.

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Lantra looks for new trustees

Lantra has vacancies for two Trustees to join the board and contribute to shaping the skills development agenda across our sectors.

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Lantra Awards wants instructors

Do you want to supplement your income and assist others to achieve and raise standards across the industry?

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International Conference on Urban Tree Diversity

16–18 June, Alnarp, Sweden

Urban tree diversity in all its aspects, from selection and establishment to biocultural diversity, is the theme of this international research conference, hosted at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

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10% discount for AA members

Getting trees right in the urban environment

Host by Ciria, this multi-disiciplined event will demonstrate the benefits and costs of trees in UK urban environments, discuss issues relating to planting and managing trees in the urban environment and highlight problems that can occur with urban trees and ways in which these could be resolved.

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RE:LEAF Tree and Woodland Awards 2014

The 2014 awards have recognised those protecting, improving and expanding London’s tree and woodland cover.

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Trees in Hard Landscapes guide out for consultation

The consultation draft of the Trees & Design Action Group’s Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery is out for consultation until 13 June.



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