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ISSUE 29

JUNE 2015

From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

As we look back on our first ARB Show at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, I would like to extend a warm thank you to all the visitors, exhibitors, volunteers, sponsors and all those who worked so hard to make it one of the most successful shows in recent memory. The new location was incredibly well received, exceeding the expectations of most: one supporter even told us, ‘The show has come home, long may it continue.’ The bigger site made the whole event more comprehensive, entertaining and accessible for all involved. We now turn our attention to continuing to support the industry and improving our services, and we look forward to the 2015 Amenity Conference –‘Sustainability and The Urban Forest’ – in September.

Karen Martin

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Mike Volp

PASSING OF MIKE VOLP:
A SAD LOSS TO ARBORICULTURE

We remember Mike Volp who sadly passed away on Sunday 24 May 2015. He was the driving force behind the National Association of Tree Officers and a member of the Arboricultural Association’s Professional Committee. NATO administration officer David Williams said: "Mike could work with anybody. We will never find someone with his enthusiasm and drive."

Symbiosis Consulting principal Mick Boddy said: "He kept contributing even when he had more important things on his mind."
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The ARB Show 2015 at Westonbirt – was Bigger and Better than ever before!

ARB SHOW 2015

ARB Show 2015, the first show to be held at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, was a great success, with over 3000 visitors on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June. The weather stayed fair for most of the weekend with the sunshine adding to the brilliant atmosphere around the site. A series of new events alongside the exhibitions all added to the experience – none more so than the amazing Axemen of Clwyd, who drew large crowds around the arena with their incredible axe- and chainsaw-wielding feats, bringing cheers and applause from families and arborists. The knot-tying competition, throwline challenge and recreational tree climbing were all excellent additions alongside a massive variety of exhibitors and demonstrations. The new venue was very well received with regular visitors commenting that having a world-class arboretum next door added a new element to the ARB Show.

The STIHL prize draw for the new lightweight STIHL MS201TCM 12-inch top-handled chainsaw was won by Peter who said: “Thank you, guys, for a great show and a fantastic prize! I still can’t quite believe it and can’t wait to collect her.” Thanks and better luck next year to the other 1,400 of you who entered.

While we evaluate the event itself, we also look forward to announcing the dates for next year’s show in the near future, so stayed tuned.

See pictures from the show here:
GALLERY >>

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STIHL – I need my tools to be reliabe, dependable and built to last – that’s why I choose STIHL – Chris Pratt, Arborist since 1995
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CONCORDAT SIGNED WITH ANCIENT TREE FORUM

Chief Executive of the Arboricultural Association Karen Martin and John Smith, Helen Read and Ted Green of the Ancient Tree Forum signed a concordat at the ARB Show, committing the AA to helping the ATF carry out its vision for ancient trees, their wildlife and their heritage and cultural value, safeguarding ancient trees now and in the future.

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3ATC UK Open at Westonbirt

3ATC UK OPEN 2015

The 3ATC UK Open sponsored by Arbjobs was one of the biggest draws of the ARB Show weekend. The event saw crowds gathering throughout the show, supporting the climbers and getting absorbed by the skill and effort of more than 70 competitors across the Novice, Expert and Premier categories. Well done to everyone who competed, all those involved and everyone who came along to support the climbers. It was a fantastic competition and one of the great crowd-pleasers of the show.

See all the results here: RESULTS >>

See pictures here: GALLERY >>

See a video of Jo Hedgers ascent during the premier competition here:
VIDEO >>

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THE ARBORICULTURAL ASSOCIATION AWARD – NOMINATIONS CLOSING SOON

Nominations for the Arboricultural Association award will close on 30 June 2015. Please submit your nominations to the head office of the Association, marked ‘Association Award Nomination – private and confidential’, for the attention of the CEO, by 30 June. The award will be presented at the Annual Conference at Warwick University in September.

For further information on nominations:
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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 RETURNS TO WARWICK UNIVERSITY

From 20 to 23 September the AA Amenity Conference will be returning to the University of Warwick. Located at the heart of the UK motorway network, the venue provides easy access from around the country and superb lecture and residential facilities within the Warwick Arts Centre complex.

The title for the 2015 event is ‘Sustainability and The Urban Forest’ and it will build on themes and discussions that featured in the 2014 conference. The theme also ties in closely with the topics that the Association is presenting to legislators and politicians this year.

The event will appeal to professionals from arboriculture, forestry, urban and environmental disciplines and will highlight health, social and commercial benefits that trees bring to everyone in their work and domestic surroundings.

Simon Richmond, Conference Manager, is clear about what he expects the event to achieve: ‘Our 2015 Warwick conference will focus on the key issues that surround the social and physical context of trees in our everyday lives. There will be presentations of the most recent research and a focus on the implementation of practical solutions and technologies. We will also be introducing for the first time a series of practical masterclass workshops on subjects such as tree stability, root systems and pruning.’

Click here for more information on booking and schedule updates or for a booking form BOOKING >>

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Arboriculture Australia Conference and Climbing Competition

CHAIRMAN ATTENDS ARBORICULTURE AUSTRALIA CONFERENCE AND CLIMBING COMPETITION

Arboricultural Association Chairman Jago Keen visited Arboriculture Australia and attended its 2015 conference in Adelaide, 29 May–2 June. Arborists, consultants, municipal tree officers and utility tree workers all came together to hear a selection of top-class home-grown and international speakers. Jago will be giving us his review of the event and his visit in the next ARB Magazine (out 8 August). He said that the conference ‘provided vital information to us on the extensive benefits trees provide for mankind. It was evident that well-managed, well-stocked tree populations must be resilient to ensure resilient places where people live, play and work’.

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Arboricultural Business Management Course

ARBORICULTURAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

22-23 JUNE 2015
DAVENTRY, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

BOOK NOW FOR THE NEW ARBORICULTURAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COURSE

Looking to improve your business’s performance? Book now for the new Arboricultural Business Management course.

Time is running out to book a place on this two day course which is aimed at arborists looking to establish their own companies and contractors looking to improve business performance in a competitive market. Comprehensive content covers everything from budgeting and cost efficiency to understanding procurement, all presented in a relaxed and interactive style. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss their own situations with the expert instructors: Paul Elcoat, MD of Elcoat Ltd who has first-hand ‘trouble shooting experience’ of 200 arb contracting businesses and Simon Cox, one of the Association’s Technical Officers who has significant commercial contracting experience. Make sure you book your places as soon as possible.
BOOK NOW >>

OTHER UPCOMING COURSES:

BS3998: 2010 Tree Work Recommendations

25 June – Budleigh Salterton, Devon – Member: £110 | Non-member: £175
BOOK NOW >>

     

Becoming Tender Ready

15 July – Enfield, Middlesex – Member: £110 | Non-member: £175
BOOK NOW >>

     

Professional Tree Inspection - 3 day course

21 July – York – Member: £425 | Non-member: £495
BOOK NOW >>

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MEMBERSHIP NEWS

The Arboricultural Journal Volume 37 Issue 1

ARBORICULTURAL JOURNAL VOLUME 37 ISSUE 1 RELEASED

The latest issue of the Journal has been released and sent to members. It features a heartfelt editorial on the passing of Oliver Rackham OBE, articles on ‘Phosphite induced suppression of Pseudomonas bleeding canker of horse chesnut’, ‘Interlocking wood grain patterns provide improved wood strength properties in forks of hazel’ and ‘The effect of greenspaces on temperature adjustments in the city of Zahedan’ as well as letters to the editor and a book review.

If you would like your email voucher for online journal access to be resent or if you have any queries regarding the issue please 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:
www.trees.org.uk/Membership-details-grades

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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

SCOTTISH BRANCH

Dr Charles Mynors and Jeremy Barrell presenting Trees and the Law in Scotland Seminar

TREES AND THE LAW IN SCOTLAND SEMINAR

TUESDAY 30 JUNE 2015
THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, EDINBURGH

The Scottish Branch are pleased to announce a one-day seminar to be held at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on Tuesday 30 June on the subject of Trees and the Law in Scotland. Sponsored by Infragreen Solutions, the seminar will cover legislation specific to Scotland and will feature subject experts Dr Charles Mynors and Jeremy Barrell.

MEMBER: £80
NON-MEMBER: £95
BOOK NOW >>

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THAMES & CHILTERN BRANCH

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 >>

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NORTHERN BRANCH

AGM 2015

FRIDAY 10 JULY 2015
THE PARK OFFICE, CUERDEN VALLEY PARK
STARTING AT 11.00AM

The major focus of the meeting will be to discuss the proposal to form two separate Branches in the North West and North East regions. It is felt that because of the large geographic size of the existing Northern Branch establishing two smaller Branches will help make the Association more responsive to members’ needs in their local areas. Representatives from AA HQ will be present to assist us with our discussions on the proposal. We would like as many members as possible to attend so that your views on the proposal can be taken into account. So please come along, we will be very glad to welcome you.

CROSS-INDUSTRY NEWS

NEW RESEARCH NOTE EXAMINES FORESTS AS PLACES OF MENTAL WELL-BEING FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA – FORESTRY COMMISSION SCOTLAND

New research links forests as places of well-being for people with dementia

REPORT >>

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BARCHAMS 2015 BIG BARN CONFERENCE

WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE
BARCHAM TREES PLC, EYE HILL DROVE, ELY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, CB7 5XF

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WOODLAND TRUST LAUNCHES OBSERVATREE

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MAPPING URBAN TREE CANOPY WORKSHOP 2015 – ROYAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

FRIDAY 19 JUNE
ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY, LONDON, SW7 2AR

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Barcham publishes guide to specifying young trees

BARCHAM PUBLISHES GUIDE TO SPECIFYING YOUNG TREES

Barcham Trees has published a Specification Manual as a guide to specifying young trees from the nursery, which it is making available free to the trade.
READ MORE >>

To request a free copy go to:
REQUEST A COPY >>

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AA CHAIRMAN TO JUDGE YOUNG LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS COMPETITION

Arboricultural Association Chairman Jago Keen will be part of the jury for the European Youth Landscape Architect Competition. The competition title is ‘Use of trees and vegetation in the design and construction of resilient urban areas’. The results will be announced in September. Find out more here:
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Forest Research provide snapshot of the current urban tree situation in Scotland

FOREST RESEARCH PROVIDE SNAPSHOT OF THE CURRENT URBAN TREE SITUATION IN SCOTLAND

Read the report
DOWNLOAD >>

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TDAG first seminars in Scotland!

TREES AND DESIGN ACTION GROUP

BETTER PLACES, BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE, BETTER LIVES: DELIVERING REAL VALUE WITH URBAN TREES

GLASGOW 22 JUNE
AND
EDINBURGH 23 JUNE

Book your place now.
BOOK NOW >>

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4 YOUNG ARBORICULTURISTS ATTEND RHS CHELSEA BREAKFAST

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