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From the CEO

Stewart Wardrop - CEO

The cold weather and dark evenings signal that we’re coming toward the end of a packed 2016, but we’ve still plenty of news and developments in the pipeline for you before the turn of the year. We’re pleased to announce the release of further Biosecurity resources and guidance for members and the wider industry. A comprehensive schedule of courses for 2017 has been finalised and will be announced shortly. There’s always more work to be done in raising our profile among both public and parliament, so at the end of the month we’re heading to the House of Commons and will have a strong presence at the annual reception of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Horticulture and Gardening. This is in addition to having the local MP visit the Malthouse in October and the Euro MP, who has environmental responsibility, visiting us in November. Finally I hope you have received your Membership Renewal invitation, we’ve bought the process forward this year to give you more time to renew ahead of the usual Christmas madness! Please renew using the direct debit option where possible.

Stewart Wardrop

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Help for Arborists – New Biosecurity Resources Released

New Biosecurity Resources Released

The AA is pleased to announce the release of further support for arborists regarding Biosecurity in arboriculture and urban forestry.

As the public continue to become more aware of biosecurity and the issues surrounding it, we’ve supplied a template Biosecurity company policy. This helps contractors and anyone working in arboriculture show that they are committed to responsibly managing and preventing the introduction and spread of harmful organisms.

The new Biosecurity Generic Risk Assessment provides a procedure for businesses to assess and take actions on site and in the field.

Help for Arborists contains a wealth of resources to support members and industry professionals on everything from Health and Safety guidance to hand signals and environmental policy. New Help and Advice is continually added to the library.
Find out more >>

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2017 Renewals Now Open

Get a head start - Renew for 2017

This year we’ve bought forward the renewal period to give you more opportunities to renew before your current member benefits expire on the 31st December. It also gives you plenty of time to set-up new Direct Debits should you wish to do so for 2017. From an administration point of view, it also frees up more time in the Spring for us to prepare for all the more interesting things we would like to do for our members in the coming year, giving you more membership value for your hard earned cash!

It’s very simple to renew online this year; simply use your email address to login (full instructions are available at www.trees.org.uk/Membership/Renewals) and either pay by card or set up a Direct Debit. You can also request an invoice online if your employer or business will be paying for your membership.

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2017 Training Calendar

2017 Training Calendar Launched

The 2017 training calendar has now been finalised, courses are added throughout the year, check now to see what CPD you can book for the year ahead.
Find courses >>

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Photo Contest - Arb at work

Photo Contest
- ‘Arb at work’

Send us your best photos of you at work and win Free Membership for a year!

Working in Arboriculture can cover many activities. We want to get the best shots of Arborists at work to help promote the industry and its professionals to a wider audience.

Submit your photos on social media using #ARBatwork or e-mail your pics to stephen@trees.org.uk

The winner will be decided by a vote on the AA Facebook page in January.

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AA Membership just £10 a year for Apprentices

If you are an apprentice or an employer of apprentices, please spread the word: apprentices can join the AA for just £10 per year! As an apprentice you can sign up online using our student membership form as long as you can provide a copy of your signed Learning Agreement. You can be an apprentice/student member for up to three years providing your apprenticeship lasts this long, and you will have access to all our member resources, including magazines, journals and free ARB Show entry.

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Russell Ball completes his epic Gibraltar to London bike ride for Fund4Trees

Fund4Trees Russell Ball Completes Incredible Cycling Challenge

Fund4Trees Trustee and AA Member Russell Ball explains why he undertook a 1,500 mile solo bike ride from Gibraltar to London.


Follow Russell on Twitter twitter.com/RfR_Ball
Follow Fund4Trees on Facebook facebook.com/Fund4Trees-673245742803794
Find out More about the charity: fund4trees.org.uk

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BS 3998: 2010 Tree Work – Recommendations

29 November 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland

Presented by Paul Smith

Members: £120.00 | Non-members: £175.00 (plus VAT)

Last course of the year in Scotland!

Whilst in its 6th year since production, many within the industry still appear to be unfamiliar with the standard and its implications for tree management and tree work operations. “Knowledge is power”, as wise man once said, albeit not sure which wise man, but the opportunity to better understand ‘your’ industry standard will help you stay ahead of the competition and improve your tree work management advice and recommendations.
Book now >>

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Assessment of Tree Forks

Assessment of Tree Forks
Last chance for 2016!

2 December 2016, Preston, Lancashire

Instructed by Dr. Duncan Slater

Members: £75.00 | Non-members: £110.00 (plus VAT)

Last opportunity to be part of an exclusive nationwide event and experience the hugely popular course. Presented by the AA Northern branch, in association with Myerscough College.

Book now >>

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A FREE-of-charge event

30 November 2016

Edinburgh, Scotland
Presented by: Paul Smith

Visit our website to book: Book now >>



Last chance for 2016!

7 December 2016
Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
Member: £120 | Non-member: £175 (plus VAT)

Instructor: Simon Cox

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FREE-of-charge to Local Authority Tree Officers

23 November 2016
Ely, Cambridgeshire

Instructor: Richard Nicholson

Visit our website to book: Book now >>


2017 Training Courses are now available on our website, also see what CPD is left for 2016 click here >>.
For the latest list of courses for 2016 and 2017 click here Training Courses >>




Stationary Rope Technique

24 November 2016, Buxton, Derbyshire

Instructed by Chris Cooper-Abbs and Matt Brooker

Cost £35 to Members and Non-members

This one day course provides individuals with an awareness of the use of Stationary Rope Techniques within arboriculture.

The course aims to provide information relating to significant hazards, components their selection and configuration and forces upon anchors.

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Tree Protection and Planning - The Role of the Tree Officer

24 November, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire

Instructed by Richard Nicholson

FREE-of-charge to Local Authorty Tree Officers

Richard Nicholson is the Trees Landscape and Conservation Team Leader for the Christchurch and East Dorset Council Partnership. He has been involved in local authority arboriculture training for over 20 years as well as chairing the BS 5837 Review in 2005 and 2012. This one-day training programme reflects the issues and challenges faced by the local authority arboriculturist, by illustrating the up to date Planning Guidance with practical examples from current planning situations.

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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



Confor demands reversal of FSC rejection of UKWAS


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The Earth Has Lungs. Watch Them Breathe.

Amazing NASA video demonstrates the importance of Trees and the need for more


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Confor welcomes £19M carbon fund for English tree planting


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A city for all Londoners

The Mayor of London has released his vision for a better city for all Londoners (A City for all Londoners - a vision for London to be the greenest of all global cities.

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How trees could save humanity

How trees could save humanity


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971 BBC Archive Video Dutch Elm Disease

1971 BBC Archive Video Dutch Elm Disease

Featuring some interesting health and safety ‘techniques’.

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Green Infrastructure: Nature Based Solutions for Green and Resilient Cities

Call for Papers
Green Infrastructure: Nature Based Solutions for Green and Resilient Cities

Orvieto, Italy 4-7 April 2017




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