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MAY 2013

The AA's 47th National Amenity Arboriculture Conference

Welcome to eNews May issue

Although our Conference on 8 September might still seem an age away, the work on finalising the details is coming to a head. With the ARB Show on 14–15 June, Pest and Disease Workshops booking up quickly and work starting on next year’s conference – not forgetting our 50-year anniversary in 2014 – The Malthouse is a hive of activity. It’s therefore always a pleasure to see visitors and members working in the area. So if your work brings you into this neck of the woods (forgive me!), there is always a coffee or cup of tea and a warm welcome available here. After all, this is your headquarters and our new signage means you can’t miss us, however fast you may be driving!

Last week I attended a day of the ICF conference ‘Woodlands and the green economy – Capitalising on ecosystem services’. As you would imagine, there was lots to learn, people to meet and fascinating debate. But the three additional things I came away with were an even greater appreciation of the breadth of expertise in the industry, the passion across the sector and a Buddhist quote. This latter has stayed with me and is something you may wish to reflect on as it touches both our working and our personal lives: ‘If you wish to make a change then it comes about through Thinking, Feeling and then Action.’ Food for thought!

Karen Martin, CEO

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Tree Pests and Diseases – An Arborists' Field Guide

P&D Road Shows – final two dates

‘A really useful day – some stuff I knew already, but brought together so I now feel really confident – and the book is great!’

The AA’s seminar series on Tree Pests and Diseases is attracting record numbers of delegates. With some events sold out and others at near full capacity, book your place now! Spaces are still available for the road shows at Myerscough College on 22 May and Kirkley Hall on 23 May. Please complete your booking form, available from our website, and email tiff@trees.org.uk to book.

AA student members can attend for half-price (£30.00 + VAT), and students who are not AA members can take advantage of a substantial discount (£35.00 + VAT, with proof of student status).

Delegates all receive the AA’s new Tree Pests and Diseases – An Arborists’ Field Guide, which will be officially launched at the ARB Show and will be available to pre-order online from 28 May–12 June (all pre-orders placed between these dates will be posted on 13 June 2013).

Watch our website for details of more P&D road shows to come – or email Tiff and she will put you on a reserve list to contact when details are announced. READ MORE >>

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3ATC Arboricultural Association Arborist Tree Challenge - Sparsholt College

Students were Arb enough – are you?

The first 2013 3ATC-College Climbing Competition attracted 35 student climbers from 6 colleges. Sponsored by STEIN SAFETY, the event at Sparsholt College attracted teams from Merrist Wood, Sparsholt, Plumpton, Chichester, Myerscough and Kirby Hall colleges. The Northern 3ATC-CCC will take place at Myerscough College, Preston, on 14 and 15 May. If you haven’t entered a team yet, book them in at 3atc.trees.org.uk. To make it fair, all climbers must have under two years’ climbing experience to participate. For full results of the Southern 3ATC-CCC, READ MORE >>

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The Rigging Workshop - sponsored by STEIN

AA rigging workshops, sponsored by STEIN

Have you booked your place yet? Dave Newcombe snapped up the opportunity to refresh his knowledge at the AA’s rigging workshop at the National Trust’s Wakehurst Place. Here are his thoughts on the day:

‘It was a real example of how things have moved on rapidly in the last two decades.

‘Kevin Moore outlined a brief history of rigging and why we use it in arboriculture, the theory behind it and how it has the potential to be very dangerous. In the classroom we were led through various rigging setups using diagrams and some hands on, practical demonstrations. We had the chance to handle some of the “shiny new toys” and look at some of the damage that can be caused to equipment if it all goes wrong. In the woodland there were practical demonstrations of various rigging techniques, including speed lines and the use of bollards for lowering.

‘Many thanks to the AA for organising it. Thanks to Andy and Kevin from the AA and Nigel from STEIN/Fletcher Stuart for support and equipment, and to Iain, David, James and Russell from Wakehurst Place for making the day possible.’

Keep watching the AA’s website for details of more workshops. READ MORE >>

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The lastest statistics for Ash Dieback at AshStat

Ash dieback statistics from AshStat

The latest ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) statistics were published on 29 April 2013. They show a continuing rise in the number of confirmed sites where the disease is present. The number of cases is now edging close to 500 across the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Graphical presentation of the complete Forestry Commission dataset from 1 November 2013 can be found on the AshStat page. READ MORE @ ASHSTAT >>

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Chalara and Species Choice Update seminar

Two information days in Welshpool (14 May) and Devauden (15 May) aimed at the private sector to provide up-to-date information on the science behind Chalara fraxinea, how it affects ash in Wales, how far the disease might spread over what timescale, the policy position and grant support mechanisms, and actions recommended for woodland owners/managers over steps to take and alternative species to plant. READ MORE >>

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The 15th National ARB Show - 14 and 15 June 2013

The ARB Show, 14–15 June 2013

sponsored by Stihl

The biggest arboricultural show and networking event – is it in your diary? This year’s event will be packed with technical demonstrations, the 3ATC UK Open, new products for both climbing and ground work, speed briefing events and on-site camping. With over 60 exhibitors already confirmed and products ranging from climbing harnesses to books, boots to goggles, grinders to MEWPs and software to saws, The ARB Show is a true one-stop-shop for your arb needs. READ MORE >>

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Visual Amenity Valuation of Trees

11th July, 2013 – Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

We are presenting a course aimed at the practical arborist to enable them understand the principles of visual amenity valuation, a range of amenity valuation systems and put a monetary value on trees. Rodney Helliwell and Steve Coombes will be the course tutors, and Rodney will also be explaining the latest revisions to the Hellliwell points system. To secure your place, download a booking form:

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The AA's 47th National Amenity Arboriculture Conference

‘Managing the urban forest’

The AA’s 47th National Amenity Arboriculture Conference, Exeter University

The urban forest provides countless benefits to the population at large: attractive landscapes and streetscapes, screening, recreational and social space and potential health and well-being. As tree professionals and practitioners we need constantly to remain educated, informed and connected to the latest thinking, research and opportunities. The AA’s 47th Annual Conference on 8–11 September 2013 draws together five key themes to provide you with the knowledge and opportunities to develop your understanding of management issues within the context of the urban forest. READ MORE >>

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ARB Approved Contractor scheme now SSiP registered

ARB Approved Contractor scheme now SSiP registered

The AA’s ARB Approved Contractor (ArbAC) scheme has attained Registered Member status of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSiP). This means the ArbAC scheme is a nationally recognised health and safety pre-qualification scheme alongside CHAS, SAFEcontractor, SAFEMARK etc. and should remove the need for ArbAC accredited contractors to hold these additionally. This is a very positive step forward in achieving our ultimate aim of ArbAC status being the ‘default’ accreditation for competent tree surgery contractors throughout the UK&I. SSiP is an initiative supported by the Health and Safety Executive (see www.ssip.org.uk). Contact ArbAC scheme manager Paul Smith at AA Head Office on 01242 522152 to find out more.

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Rash caused by OPM

Image © Henry Kuppen

Aerial spraying after OPM alert

The Forestry Commission is carrying out aerial spraying of an area of woodland near Pangbourne in West Berkshire to tackle this year’s emerging oak processionary moth caterpillars. A helicopter will spray the woodland twice over a 7 to 14-day period and the FC has reassured residents that the pesticide poses no risk to human health. The spraying comes as people in parts of London and Berkshire have been warned not to touch OPM caterpillars. The affected areas are several boroughs in west and south-west London, Bromley and Croydon in south London, as well as Pangbourne. READ MORE >>

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OPM sighting reports

Sighting reports – can be sent to the local council, or to the Forestry Commission, using the commission’s Tree Alert app or online form at:

Working on oak trees

Anyone having oak trees pruned or felled in the affected areas must contact the Forestry Commission’s Plant Health Service beforehand on plant.health@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or 0131 314 6414 for advice about safe removal of the material.

Further information and pictures are available from:

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Landscape and Visual Assessment – Guidance Update

Updated guidance for producing Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments (LVIAs) was launched earlier this month. Published by the Landscape Institute and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, the guidance replaces the second edition, published in 2002. The LVIAs provide an opportunity to ensure that new developments respond to the existing landscape or townscape character and consider the visual amenity of the people who move through adjacent areas. A carefully considered assessment is often necessary to secure planning permission by avoiding or minimising harmful effects and informing development proposals. READ MORE >>


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Ride for Research 2013

Ride for Research – Glasgow

A group of 14 cyclists enjoyed the clearest and brightest of spring days for the latest Fund 4 Trees Ride for Research on 30 April. The event took in Glasgow Botanic Gardens, the River Kelvin, the Forth & Clyde Canal, Pollock Country Park, Kelvingrove Park and Glasgow’s Clyde Bank. It was timed to coincide with ICF’s National Conference, held in Glasgow on 1 and 2 May. En route, the riders visited three schools and planted a tree at each. READ MORE in the latest ARB Magazine – out 28 May.

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Green spaces boost well-being of urban dwellers – study

Parks, gardens and green space in urban areas can improve the well-being and quality of life of people living there, says a University of Exeter study. READ MORE >>

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Chalara in Scotland – grant support

Woodland managers are to be given grant support in Scotland’s ongoing effort to manage the threats posed by Chalara dieback of ash. Forestry Commission Scotland has announced that special financial support will be available to help meet the costs of the removal and destruction of infected, recently planted ash trees in the ‘sheltered’ and ‘buffer’ areas identified in the Chalara Action Plan for Scotland. Support will also be provided for replanting such sites with alternative tree species. READ MORE >>

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Forestry Commission Biosecurity Board latest

The latest Forestry Commission Biosecurity Board meeting in York on 30 April included wide-ranging discussion about individual pests and diseases, their current status and what is being done about them. OPAL tree health survey went live on 9 May. This will be cascaded to 250,000 people for their involvement in surveying, collecting data and reporting. 50,000 packs have been printed: www.opalexplorenature.org. READ MORE about the Board’s work at www.trees.org.uk and in Jon Heuch’s report for the next ARB Magazine – out 28 May.

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Urban trees can help combat city temperature rises

The vital role of urban trees in helping to lower temperatures in cities is described in a new publication by scientists from Forest Research. In this review for the Forestry Commission, ‘Air temperature regulation by urban trees and green infrastructure’, they examine how the type of tree, its planting location, together with the mix of vegetation and paved surfaces in greenspace all contribute to countering the effects of urban heat islands.

RFS official opening of new Upton Estate offices

The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has pledged to strengthen the voice of its members in crucial debates on UK forestry and woodland management as it celebrates its move to the Hay Barns on the Upton Estate near Banbury, Oxfordshire. The RFS, founded in 1882, had been based in Tring, Hertfordshire, for more than 40 years. The move to the Upton Estate near Banbury means the RFS headquarters is at a more central location for its nearly 4000 members across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and is part of a reinvigoration of the Society.

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Keith Oates appointed Forestry Commissioner

Keith Oates appointed Forestry Commissioner

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of Keith Oates as a Forestry Commissioner for England. Mr Oates has been a non-executive member of Forestry Commission England’s National Committee since 2007. He was executive Deputy Chairman of Marks & Spencer plc from 1994 to 1999, having joined as Finance Director in 1984, and was appointed Joint Managing Director in 1991. He was the founder and subsequently chairman of Marks & Spencer Financial Services for 15 years. He recently retired as Chairman of Phaunos Timber Fund, and is a Public Member of Network Rail.


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