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Karen Martin, Chief Executive of the Arboricultural Association

Arboricultural Association appoints new Chief Executive

The Arboricultural Association and its Trustees are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive to lead the work of the Association.

Karen Martin commenced her role on 1st November 2012. READ MORE >>

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Ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) image

Chalara fraxinea current situation

As all members of the Arboricultural Association and many of your customers and other working professionals will be aware, ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) has been very much headline news for the past month with the understanding of the disease and its spread evolving on a daily basis. With the government’s emergency committee Cobra meeting last week, this issue is now rising rapidly up the political agenda.

A task force is also being set up, pulling staff from Defra, Fera, Forestry Commission, Natural England and the Environment Agency to be deployed in surveying for Chalara. READ MORE >>

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Integrated Habitat Design
Cover of the new Cities and Biodiversity Outlook - Action and Policy

Integrated Habitat Design – Trees, trees and more trees

by Jago Keen

The Natural History Museum played host to the 2012 Integrated Habitat Design Competition conference on the 15 October. Entitled Ecosystem Services Come to Town the conference explored the integration of nature into the built environment for climate change adaptation. Trees, trees and more trees seemed to be the message, whether from politician or scientist. We know something about trees.

The international biodiversity scene is moving at a pace that will not see it stopped too swiftly. This London event was timed to coincide with the release of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Cities and Biodiversity Outlook on the same day at the COP11 meeting in Hyderabad. The action and policy document can be downloaded at www.cbd.int and the background analyses and assessments can be viewed by clicking here. A full article on the conference will appear in the ARB Magazine (out on 28 November). READ MORE >>

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Changes to arb qualifications and post-nominals

After comprehensive discussions with ABC Awards, the Royal Forestry Society and Tree Life, we have now agreed the new post-nominal’s that will be used for those who complete the new arboricultural QCF qualifications through ABC Awards [replacing ‘Cert Arb (RFS)’, ‘Tech Cert (ArborA)’ and ‘Dip Arb (RFS)’ / ‘PDArb (RFS)’]. READ MORE >>

Trees in the Townscape

The Arboricultural Association is delighted to be one of the sponsors supporting the second edition printing of the Trees in the Townscape publication. Don't forget to book a place on one of the series of events aimed at promoting good planning, design, works and management as part of an overall green infrastructure. See the courses (left) for dates. READ MORE >>


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Forestry Commission undertakes rapid survey for Chalara symptoms across the UK

In partnership with other government departments and agencies, the Forestry Commission is undertaking a rapid survey for Chalara symptoms on all ash across the United Kingdom using a random selection survey from all of the 10km2 grid squares that cover the UK. This survey is proceeding at the moment and will be completed by Wednesday the 7 of November. Thereafter a much clearer picture of the level of infection across the country will be become apparent and the government will be developing its response based on the results of this survey.

While it is too early to know exactly what will be required, the Forestry Commission is asking those with responsibility for trees and woodlands to consider how they may be able to help in the future if a co-ordinated approach between central and local government is required to deal with any infected areas effectively.

You may access information about the Chalara infection from the Forestry Commission’s main website. READ MORE >>

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The AshTag Phone App

AshTAG phone app for ash dieback

The University of East Anglia’s Adapt Low Carbon Group in partnership with the IAS has developed a phone app for ash dieback which allows users to take geo-tagged photos for the ash dieback. Use the app to help you identify ash dieback disease, and file a location report of any suspect trees using your phone's camera and GPS. A panel of experts will verify the picture report, and partners will swing into action to try and limit the spread of the fungus. READ MORE >>

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Birmingham Ride for Research
Ride for Research and children Ride for Research riders take a break in Birmingham

Fund 4 Trees – Birmingham Ride for Research

The second Ride for Research of 2012 took place on 16 October with 14 riders taking part in a 35 mile route starting in Walsall and following the canal network into central Birmingham before returning back to Walsall. The ride included the planting of three trees at Whetstone Field Primary School, Maney Hill Primary and Nelson Primary and also a walk around Birmingham Botanical Gardens during an extended lunch stop. A full write up will be provided in the winter issue of the ARB Magazine. The 2013 Ride for Research event will be announced soon.


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Rigging Awareness Workshop

The Arboricultural Association’s South East Branch ran a very popular Rigging Workshop at Exbury Gardens, Southampton on 29th September 2012. The event host on this occasion was Christopher Hoare Tree Services Ltd and South East Branch thank Chris for providing such a wonderful venue. Kevin Moore of TreeFella was the presenter. The workshop was filmed by Nick Pott and edited by Nigel Stewart, see the video on the Arboricultural Association YouTube channel.

Contact your local AA Branch and ask them to run one in your area. READ MORE >>

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Countryside Careers Day, Ardingly

The AA’s South East Branch attended a ‘Countryside Careers’ day organised and hosted by the South of England Society. The event attracted a focused audience who were keen to work outdoors. The AA provided careers information alongside Down to Earth Trees (www.downtoearthtrees.co.uk) and FA Bartlett Tree Experts (www.bartletttree.co.uk) who were giving the students hands-on experience and demonstrations of tree identification, tree climbing, MEWPs, PICUS tomograph, airspade and research apparatus.

A big thank you to both companies for making the day such a great success.

Take a look at our Facebook Like Facebook page about this event.

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South East Branch winter lecture and AGM

Join us at 7.00pm – 30 Jan 2013
Harris Centre, Merrist Wood Campus, Worplesdon, Surrey  GU3 3PE

Speakers are Andy Hirons (Myerscough) on Pruning and Phenology & Bruce Rothnie (FC) on ALB outbreak case study and update.

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Calling all branches

This is your opportunity to communicate your news and events to your members and the wider arb community. If you have any news or events you wish to appear here in future issues please contact Peter Wharton at chairmedia@trees.org.uk.