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MARCH 2013

Karen Martin, Chief Executive of the Arboricultural Association

Message from CEO Karen Martin

As you may have guessed, this is our very busy time of year when we review our plans for 2013 and manage membership renewals … a gentle reminder to those of you still yet to renew.

For me, still new to this position, it’s also a time to try to get out and meet as many external organisations as I can, to understand what they are doing and how we can best work together to promote arboriculture. With this in mind I met with Forest Research to look at how we can share information and cascade this to our membership, with STIHL who continue to support us, and with the Landscape Sector Working Party (I shall write more about this in the summer ARB Magazine).

It’s also a time to meet members. The two AGMs I attended and the ‘Branching Out’ meeting have been excellent opportunities to do just that, enabling me talk to and understand the needs of our Branches across the country and how at HQ we can provide support and assistance.

For the Association the sustainable management of trees is foremost. Ensuring new trees are established to replace those at the end of their term, managing trees for longevity, and mitigating the impact of pests and disease to trees to support a sustainable canopy cover are essential. As a membership organisation with recognised schemes in place for RCs and ACs, we are of the opinion that the value of using trained and competent professionals, delivering high quality management of trees, cannot be underestimated. Part of our role is to promote these schemes, develop and communicate standards and share information across our membership. eNews is an important mechanism for doing this; our website, which is constantly updated, is another.

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Jess Palfreyman, our new Administrative Assistant

New member of staff

The Arboricultural Association welcomes Jess Palfreyman as our newest member of staff. Jess joined on 4 March and was the successful candidate for the recently advertised administrative job at HQ. Jess brings a wealth of IT and corporate membership experience to the existing team.

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AA Registered Consultant Pack

The updated Registered Consultant scheme

The AA Registered Consultant scheme has been operative for 30 years and is the pinnacle of excellence in arboricultural consulting. In order that the scheme remains current it has undergone a major overhaul to produce the best version yet. In addition to revised prerequisites, the scheme seeks a broad cross-section of reports and measures them against clearly identifiable competencies and criteria. That process is now conducted by a panel of assessors under the moderation of a newly appointed Lead Assessor, Peter Annett. DOWNLOAD THE PACK

More information about the scheme and what it’s like to work as a professional arboriculturist is available through the AA’s fifth Arboricultural Consultancy two-day course in March. READ MORE >>

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Tree Pests and Diseases – An Arborists' Field Guide

New Pest & Disease Roadshow with FREE field guide for all attendees

As an industry, we know that we should pay more attention to the causes of failure and ill health in our trees. As working arborists we tend to approach trees from a practical, technical perspective, but how many of us really consider how the symptoms have arisen and why these trees need the work specified? The AA is pleased to announce a new seminar on pests and diseases to help answer these questions, which is being presented around the UK in April and May. It will cost £60.00 + VAT for members (£70.00 + VAT for non-members) and all those attending will receive a FREE copy of our latest publication Tree Pests and Diseases – An Arborists’ Field Guide. The event will run at 11 venues across the country, so book your place now to avoid disappointment. READ MORE >>

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AA sends comprehensive response to planning guidance review

The AA collated the views of members and individuals and sent a comprehensive response to the Taylor Review.

‘The Arboricultural Association represents those engaged in arboriculture – a field that focuses on the planting, maintenance and management of trees that contribute to local amenity, and is the largest amenity tree care body in the UK. Our members include contractors, consultants and council tree officers. We therefore have an interest in ensuring that tree preservation orders (TPOs) are made and administered appropriately and that the processes for obtaining consent, using exceptions to the regulations and enforcing them are clear and accessible.’

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Ride for Research 2013

Nesting Birds

Spring is in the air, Bird Nesting season is upon us officially from 1st March until 31st July (Natural England) it is recommended that vegetation works or site clearance should be done outside of the nesting season, in reality the nesting period may start before this and extend beyond it, in many cases.

As contractors we must aim to avoid impact to nesting birds and infringement of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and breaching the European Habitats Directive 1992/Nesting Birds Directive.



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Tree forks, branch junctions and Whiteknights

Thames and Chiltern Branch invite you to hear Duncan Slater talk about his latest research on tree forks and branch junctions, and then explore the fascinating tree collection at Reading University’s Whiteknights campus with Deputy Grounds Manager Rupert Taylor. The event will take place on 5 April from 10.00am at a cost of £15.00. Please contact Fiona Bradshaw at fionatrees@gmail.com to book your place or get further information. READ MORE >>

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Midlands Branch

Midlands Branch committee is meeting on 21 March to review the events and training calendar for 2013 and would be interested in branch members’ opinion on courses they want to be considered and any potential venues – this could include field trips or specific training requirements. Please contact Mick or Lesley on info@symbiosis.gb.com with any ideas.


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The new Gov.uk website

New government website and useful links

On Thursday 15 November 2012, DCLG’s website was replaced by a new Inside Government section of www.gov.uk. So the address for the DCLG website is now www.gov.uk/dclg. GOV.UK replaced Directgov and Business Link in October 2012. Follow the read more link to get a list of updated websites, links and documents relating to tree preservation orders. READ MORE >>

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Holly leaf blight research project survey

Stephen Westmore, an MSc student in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry at Myerscough College and Associate member of the AA, is carrying out research into holly leaf blight (Phytophthora ilicis). He is conducting a practical experiment investigating the effects of induced climatic conditions on infected holly saplings and monitoring the results. Stephen is conducting a survey of industry professionals to gather thoughts and opinions about this particular pathogen as this disease has received limited research to date. This is important research and Stephen would be very grateful if you could complete a brief survey, which also includes a description of the disease for reference. The closing date for the survey is 29 March 2013. CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY >>

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Trees, People and the Built Environment II

Dates announced for 2014

The ICF has announced that Trees, People and the Built Environment, an international urban trees research conference, will return to Birmingham on 2 and 3 April 2014. The conference will be hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters as its National Conference in 2014 and is a partnership initiative between 19 organisations, including the Arboricultural Association, representing professionals within the greenspace and built environment sectors. The event will take place in the stunning Elgar Concert Hall, a custom-built auditorium at the heart of the University of Birmingham’s new Bramall Music Building. READ MORE >>

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Ash Dieback DNA Blueprint Unravelled

A team of scientists at The Sainsbury Laboratory and the John Innes Centre in Norwich have unravelled the genetic coding of the ash dieback fungus. The DNA blueprint provides clues to how the pathogen attacks ash trees. READ MORE >>

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The Map of Ash Dieback Outbreaks across the UK

New Chalara Outbreaks in Wales

Chalara fraxinea has been indentified at three newly planted sites in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. As a precautionary measure the trees on the sites have been destroyed to try to contain the disease. The three new sites which have been identified takes the total to 17 sites in Wales known to have had ash dieback which have all be in young plantations and trees have been traced back to nurseries known to have had infect stock. READ MORE >>

As part of the Forestry Commission ongoing commitment to the spread of ash dieback and confirmed site there is a regularly updated plan of the British Isles with the locations of infected sites indicated. DOWNLOAD MAP >>

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Ride for Research 2013

Calling all cyclists – Ride for Research 2013

The Ride for Research is heading to Glasgow and will take place on 30 April 2013 and it has been timed to coincide with the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ annual conference: Woodlands and the Green Economy Capitalising on Ecosystem Services. READ MORE >>. The two rides last year raised over £2,500 and the aim is to increase this total in 2013.


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The Tree and Woodland Company – Survey • Design • Planning • Management


Salary: c. £30,000 (dependent on experience)
Location: Warwickshire

The new position of Senior Arboriculturalist will play a key role in the business, delivering a range of arboricultural work including surveying, project managing work delivery, and woodland management.

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Surveyor / Permissioner - Arboriculture Services

Bristol Area
£9.00 per hour

Your aim will be to ensure arboriculture services are delivered safely, to a high standard and within the agreed budget, effectively liaising with landowners and obtaining necessary permissions.

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Team Manager – Arboriculture

Hampshire and New Forest Area
c. £22,000 plus benefits

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