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ISSUE 26

MARCH 2015

From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

Spring is nearly here and work levels remain high as we build upon a successful 2014. New members continue to flow in and we thank the many members who have already renewed for 2015. A reminder to those of you who haven’t: you have already missed out on the first ARB Magazine of the year, so make sure you get renewed as soon as you can! We have added more training workshops and member discounts to our programme for 2015. As part of our work to continue to build the profile of arboriculture, in January we were accepted into the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gardening and Horticulture. This will give the Association the opportunity to demonstrate the value of arboriculture straight to the heart of Parliament … we can but try! In the meantime Lord Framlingham – a former AA president – spoke on the value of trees to the House of Lords on 15 January. However, one key question is: which government department takes full responsibility for urban trees as it no longer seems to be Communities and does not appear to be Defra? Concerning!

Karen Martin

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The Arboricultural Association - 2014 in figures

For full details of 2014 figures, see the infographic on page 6 of your Spring ARB Magazine.

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Goodbye, Melanie Sutherland

AA SAYS GOODBYE AND THANK YOU TO MEL

We are sorry to announce that Mel Sutherland, ‘AA Office Manager Extraordinaire’, will be leaving us at the end of March. She has been head hunted by a local firm and we wish her all the very best, but we will miss her! Mel joined the Association in 2009 and has demonstrated immense commitment over the years, consistently going beyond the call of duty to help members, colleagues, exhibitors and others. She has led her team with great energy and quiet efficiency, always managing to stay one step ahead and always there to support those around her.

She will be a hard act to follow!

I am sure I speak for all staff and the membership at large in wishing her every success in her new venture and in thanking her so much for all she has contributed over the years.

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Membership renwal for 2015 now due!

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP

It’s that time of year again. Time to renew your AA membership for 2015. You should have already received your renewal letter through the post with your details for 2015. To renew is easy, just call +44 (0)1242 522152 and speak to our membership team. Or if you have any queries regarding your renewal email us membership@trees.org.uk or visit our website…
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Industry Code of Practice: Tree Work at Height

LAUNCH OF INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE FOR ARBORICULTURE – TREE WORK AT HEIGHT

This completely new standard for planning and managing tree work at height is now available, providing clear and concise guidance on the principles of managing tree work at height. Download the PDF copy of the new ICOP here. Hard copies of the new code of practice are also available at the publications section of our website for £5 plus post and packaging.

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3ATC Tree Climbing Competition 2015 Poster

BOOK NOW FOR 3ATC COLLEGE CLIMBING COMPETITIONS

The 3ATC Climbing Competition is back for another year after a hugely successful 2014. The competition is a great way of helping to spread awareness and encourage more students into the world of arboriculture.

This year we are encouraging students to take part in Northern and Southern team events so we can increase the competition and grow the event even further. The winning teams will be invited to take part in the new UK College Climbing Competition Final to be held during the 2015 ARB Show at Westonbirt National Arboretum on 5–6 June.

Booking forms and further information are available on our 3ATC website.

Register for the Northern Challenge.

Register for the Southern Challenge.

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TRAINING: ESSENTIAL TO BOOK EARLY

The AA is constantly endeavouring to improve its offering 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 amount of bookings, a month before the course date, so we can avoid cancellation and moreover disappointment. So please get in early and book your course.
VISIT OUR TRAINING PAGES >>

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ROLO for Arborists

BOOK YOUR ROLO FOR ARBORISTS COURSE NOW!

The ROLO for Arborists course launched last year is available through the AA and provides multiple benefits for organisations and delegates completing the scheme, including:

– ROLO health and safety is the only industry-accredited route to CSCS

– improved H&S awareness among your workforce, increasing customer satisfaction and the industry’s image

– improved employment prospects as prospective employers can see your qualifications on one card.

See the Training Course List information link below for full details of all 20 of the nationwide ROLO courses for 2015, and visit our website to book NOW.

Non-member: £150.00 + VAT     |     Member: £110.00 + VAT

BOOK ONLINE >>

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NEW CO-OPTED TRUSTEE

The Association is delighted to confirm the co-option of Alan Parker to the Board from 25 February 2015. Alan, who started his career as a tree officer following completion of his forestry degree, has spent the last 20 years implementing complex IT and business process improvement initiatives for government and commercial organisations. As a member of the Board, Alan will bring expertise and insights into the use of technology and e-commerce at a time when the Association reviews its infrastructure to best support its growing membership base and service offering.

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Bill Kew-Winder – 1949-2015

FAREWELL
‘BIG’ BILL KEW-WINDER

The Association is saddened to say that ‘Big’ Bill Kew-Winder took leave of us all on Saturday 7 March. He has moved on, taking his unique tree management skills to pastures new. A big man, a big character and a big supporter of the AA throughout his career – Bill leaves a big hole to fill. READ MORE >>

DON’T FORGET:
ALL TRAINING COURSES CAN BE BOOKED ONLINE.
IT’S QUICKER, IT’S EASIER!
AND YOU CAN FIND OUT
HOW MANY PLACES ARE LEFT!

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Take the AA Phytophthora lateralis survey

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BRANCH NEWS

SCOTTISH BRANCH

Scottish Branch Spring Excursion to Dalkeith Old Oakwood

DALKEITH OLD OAKWOOD

SPRING EXCURSION, WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH, 10.00AM

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to visit one of only two surviving medieval deer parks in Scotland and a remarkable collection of ancient and veteran trees. The event is FREE and all members, family and friends are welcome to attend. However, to assist in planning, please register beforehand with Donald Rodger on 01620 842656 or donald.rodger@virgin.net.
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WESTERN BRANCH

AGM

Saturday 28 March

Somerset Cider Brandy Company

The Western Branch will be holding its Annual General Meeting on 28 March. There will also be a tour of the orchards and grounds of the Somerset Cider Brandy Company farm and the opportunity to look around the presses and factory, followed by some cider and brandy tasting. There will also be a chance to discuss commercial fruit tree pruning with the orchardist. The event will start for 11am with the AGM from 1pm, after lunch.

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SOUTH EAST BRANCH

SINGLE ROPE TECHNIQUE AWARENESS WORKSHOP

Saturday 16 May
RHS Garden Wisley

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South East Branch Visual Tree Inspection

VISUAL TREE ASSESSMENT FOR ARBORISTS:
A WORKSHOP WITH JACK KENYON

Saturday 17 October
Exbury Gardens, Exbury, Southampton, 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 and learn from a legendary arboriculturist, in one of the finest woodland gardens in the country.
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MIDLANDS BRANCH

SINGLE ROPE TECHNIQUE WORKSHOP

Saturday 18 April

Rugeley, Staffordshire

BOOK NOW >>

CROSS-INDUSTRY NEWS

New Woodland Capital Grants on offer

NEW WOODLAND CAPITAL GRANTS ON OFFER

Forestry Commission England is inviting applications for woodland capital grants. The grants cover three areas: woodland creation, woodland management plans and plant health. You can find the latest information from Defra on their website.
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CHALARA AT ALMOST 1,000 SITES

After reaching Britain three years ago, Chalara (ash dieback) has spread to almost 1,000 known sites. Read more >>

The number of sites in Scotland infected by Chalara has quadrupled in two years. READ MORE >>

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FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS

The theme of the 2015 International Day of Forests (IDF) on 21 March is Forests | Climate | Change, chosen to highlight the ways in which forests and climate change are linked, and to rally global support for greater action and change.
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WANT YOUR CITY TO THRIVE? LOOK TO ITS TREES

Communities like Culver City, California, are focusing on urban forest plans to help protect a major economic and environmental asset: the tree canopy.
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EXETER LAUNCHES TREE MAINTENANCE TRIAL USING SATELLITE DATA

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TREE-HUNTER VISITS ETY ENTRANTS

Tree-hunter Rob McBride, supported by Fund4 Trees, is visiting all of the entrants in the European Tree of the Year (ETY) 2015 contest.
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ARB Show 2015, Westobirt, The National Arboretum – 5-6 June 2015

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