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ISSUE 40

JUNE 2016

From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

There is such a positive atmosphere at AA HQ after a fantastic ARB Show; our second event at Westonbirt built on last year’s initial success thanks to the hard work of our exhibitors and the team.

It was a reaffirming final show for me; the professionalism, skill and range of products and services our industry has to offer was at the forefront, and free entry to and from the arboretum along with new attractions enabled us to also showcase the value and importance of our trade to the public. Not sure though if they think we all travel on motorbikes… anyway I’ll certainly look forward to my first show as a volunteer as the event at Westonbirt becomes a regular mark on all our Calendars.

Elsewhere we’ve news from Westminster as we continue to raise the profile of arboriculture, the value of amenity trees and the skills required to take trees to the top of Government’s agenda.

Which just leaves me to say farewell, but not goodbye. It’s been an absolute privilege to work with you all in such a fascinating sector. Thank you for supporting and educating me and helping me help you via this fantastic Association.

Karen Martin

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Highlights of The ARB Show, Westonbirt, 3–4 June 2016

ARB SHOW 2016 – FUN FOR ARBS AND ALL THE FAMILY

Over 3400 visitors enjoyed plenty of fair weather and entertainment as The ARB Show returned to Westonbirt the National Arboretum on 3rd and 4th June, building on the last year’s successful move to the venue with attendance records broken once again.

Sponsored by STIHL for the 12th consecutive year, with its massive variety of exhibitors and technical demonstrations, our annual trade show highlighted the professionalism and skills of the industry along with a range of high quality products and services that Arboriculture has to offer.

A variety of exhibitors presented buyers with the best range of equipment and services that the show has ever had available.

Highlights of The ARB Show, Westonbirt, 3–4 June 2016

Attractions draw in the crowds

There was lots to keep Arborists, their families and members of the public entertained from the Inch Perfect Trials bike display team and their fearless stunts, which included jumping over wood chippers, to the climbing wall which was popular with everyone from youngsters to their grandparents. There were also Knot tying, Aerial rescue and throwline competitions educating and engaging visitors.

Free entry to the famous tree collection

Show visitors were also granted free entry to Westonbirt and its stunning new Treetop walkway. With attractions occupying arborists and their families many of them made a day of it, bringing their picnics and taking in the showground and famed collection of trees next door.

Highlights of The ARB Show, Westonbirt, 3–4 June 2016

Competitors battle it out in 3ATC Climbing competitions

The UK3ATC Climbing competitions were held over the 2 days pulling in the spectators who supported the climbers and were absorbed by the skill and effort of more than 50 competitors across the Novice, Expert and Premier categories. For complete results click here.

This year’s show attracted more tree-loving members of the public than ever before, spreading awareness of the value and importance of the trade and the many benefits of trees.

The ARB Show at Westonbirt further cemented its place as an essential date in everyone’s calendar, as one visitor posted on Facebook exclaimed ‘The #ArbShow2016 is definitely worth a visit, very enjoyable day to catch up with some old acquaintances and look at all the shiny new kit. A walk around Westonbirt arboretum was most welcome.’

Thank you to all of you who visited and also to those of you who came to see us in the AA tent, we hope you enjoyed the show as much as we did!

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Online booking for Amenity Conference now live

BOOK YOUR PLACE AT THE 50TH AA AMENITY CONFERENCE ONLINE

Online booking for the 50th Arboricultural Association Amenity Conference is now live.

To mark our special anniversary, the conference will feature an unmissable range of topics and speakers.

Conference themes for 2016:

  • Urban Tree Management
  • Tree Health
  • Planning and Development
  • Natural Capital and Infrastructure
  • Arboricultural Practice
  • Tree Risk Management

As well as the introduction of a unique middle day presented in collaboration with key partnership organisation, The Landscape Institute, the conference begins with the Sunday Field Trip to the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) ‘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.

Keynote speakers have been announced beginning with Martin Kelly on Monday, Merrick Denton Thompson on the middle collaborative day and Paul Ries on Wednesday.

Online booking for the conference is now available – select your options here:
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All-Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group

ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GARDENING AND HORTICULTURE GROUP

As the voice of Arboriculture, the Association has been working hard to ensure that our industry is represented at government level and urging DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to ensure that issues like urban trees and public engagement are given full consideration in all plans and policies.

Assurances were recently received from Minister of State George Eustice MP that “We will continue to work across, and outside of government, to open doors and endorse the wealth of existing and emerging research, evidence and good practice which is helping us appreciate and quantify the benefits and value of these trees.”

What a perfect opportunity therefore to build on this and meet with this cross party group of members of the Lords and Commons to showcase the value of trees, tree establishment, those that manage trees and how our Association is the 'go-to' body for arboriculture here in the UK.

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The AA recognises young arborists

ARBORICULTURAL ASSOCIATION RECOGNISES YOUNG ARBORISTS AT THE RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2016

Six young Arborists, nominated by our member colleges, training providers, businesses and Approved Contractors, were given the chance to attend a special event at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in recognition of their hard work.
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Fund4Trees gets send of from New London Mayor Sadiq Khan

FUND4TREES: RIDE4RESEARCH LONDON TO PARIS CYCLING TEAM RECEIVE SEND OFF FROM NEW MAYOR OF LONDON

Congratulations to all the Fund4Trees riders, who recently completed their latest ride at the ARB Show, not long after their London to Paris exploits!
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Membership Survey 2016

MEMBERSHIP SURVEY 2016 –
DON’T FORGET TO LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK

The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete and, once analysed, will be essential in shaping our services and giving us a greater understanding of our membership and of what you want.

Once you’ve taken the survey you can enter the PRIZE DRAW to be in with a chance of winning a free place at the 50th Annual Conference.

Results from the survey will be shared with you in a later edition of eNews.
TAKE THE SURVEY >>

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ARBORICULTURAL CONSULTANCY

29-30 June 2016
Stonehouse Court, Gloucestershire

Member: £535 | Non-member: £588 (plus VAT)

Presented by: Jeremy Barrell, Paul Elcoat, Justin Munford, Peter Wharton, Justin Gould and Jim Quaife

This well-established AA course is an intensive, two-day residential workshop, designed to provide a comprehensive study of the practice of arboricultural consultancy. It offers a unique opportunity for those already working in the industry to understand the principles and the practicalities of delivering a professional consultancy service, using a wide range of skills and knowledge. Not all consultants will be involved in all aspects of arboricultural practice and the workshop is tailored to the individuals’ needs and aspirations.
HURRY BOOK NOW >>

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VALUING AND MANAGING VETERAN TREES

12 July 2016
Wokingham, Berkshire

Member: £120 | Non-member: £175 (plus VAT)

Instructor: Simon Cox

Enhance your Veteran Tree Management skills and knowledge.

The course is aimed at any person, in any industry, with an interest in trees. This course will provide information on everything from biological or heritage value to undertaken surveys on Veteran Trees.
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OTHER UPCOMING COURSES:

PROFESSIONAL TREE INSPECTION – 3-DAY COURSE

18-20 July 2016
Wokingham, Berkshire
Members: £425 – Non-members: £495 (plus VAT)

Instructor: Guy Watson.

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

     
 

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

4-5 JULY AND 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

VISUAL TREE ASSESSMENT FOR ARBORISTS – A WORKSHOP WITH JACK KENYON

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

COST: £50 per person

The VTA workshop will consist of an indoor lecture and an outdoor session. Starting with your prompt arrival at 9:00am, the morning lecture by Jack Kenyon will concentrate on:

– The tree as a system and self optimised structure
– Discuss the principles of visual tree assessment
– Decay fungi
– Mechanical symptoms
– Inspection equipment
– Making recommendations

The afternoon session involves a VTA tree walk with Jack Kenyon, followed by a summing up.
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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

Rupert Bentley Walls – London Tree Awards

ARBORICULTURAL ASSOCIATION MEMBER RUPERT BENTLEY WALLS OF BARCHAM TREES WINS INDIVIDUAL COMMITMENT AWARD

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Calculating Tree Value

MONEY DOES GROW ON TREES
– WHY MORE CITIES NEED TO CALCULATE THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF TREES

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EXCITING TIMES AHEAD
– LONDON, A NATIONAL PARK CITY?

AA Vice Chairman Keith Sacre’s review of an evening of walks and talks at Kew Gardens, organised by the Forestry Commission.
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SLOWING THE FLOW SCHEME HELPED AVOID CHRISTMAS FLOODING

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CALIFORNIA’S URBAN TREES OFFER $1 BILLION DOLLARS IN BENEFITS

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