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Welcome the ARB eNews

The Arboricultural Association would like to welcome you to our new eNews format. It is intended that this e-Newsletter will be sent out to our members once a month. It will allow our membership to catch up on news and events from both the AA itself and the wider industry.

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The ARB Amenity Conference 2012 venue at Reading University

The ARB Amenity Conference 2012

The 46th National Conference was held at Reading University in September and was another success, with guest speakers from the UK, Europe, USA and Australia provoking much thought and discussion. There was a lot to digest over the three-day event which started with a tour of Reading University’s tree collection, followed by seminars and presentations on urban trees and basements, risk assessment and public safety, large tree removal projects, soil science and remediation treatments, pest and diseases, and branch union structure. A full review of the conference will appear in the winter 2012 ARB Magazine (out on 28 November). READ MORE >>

On the Tuesday of the Conference the Arboricultural Association Awards for 2012 were presented:

Henry Girling Award for Best Trade Exhibition was awarded to Dave Dawson of Treelife Best 2011 Student for the AA Technician's Certificate was awarded to Mark Franklin

Henry Girling Award for Best Trade Exhibition was awarded to Dave Dowson of Treelife

Best 2011 Student for the AA Technician’s Certificate was awarded to Mark Franklin

Best 2011 Student for the RFS Professional Diploma was awarded to Jago Keen AA Award for 2012 was given to Mick Boddy of Symbiosis

Best 2011 Student for the RFS Professional Diploma was awarded to Jago Keen

AA Award for 2012 was given to Mick Boddy of Symbiosis

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Cover of the Trees in the Townscape publication form the TDAG

Trees in the Townscape:

Getting value from the UK's natural assets

The Arboricultural Association and the ICF are collaborating to run a seminar entitled ‘Trees in the Townscape: getting value from the UK’s natural assets’ at three locations in England during November. The seminars, supported by Barcham Trees, are aimed at those who are involved in and responsible for planning, designing and managing green infrastructure within urban environments. READ MORE >>

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The selected books on offer at 20% discount - Fungi on Trees - An Arborists' Field Guide and Manual of Decays in Trees

20% off selected books

During October we are offering two of our industry publications at an amazing 20% discount, Manual of Wood Decays in Trees and Fungi on Trees – An Arborists’ Field Guide. Be quick and take advantage of this offer only from 1 October to 31 October. Full prices apply before and after this period. READ MORE >>

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Cover of the Trees in the Townscape publication form the TDAG

AA publications growing

In recent months the Arboricultural Association has been making some significant changes to the way we sell publications and the range of publications on offer. Firstly, our website is now capable of dealing with online transactions for the purchase of the publications shown on the website. Not only that, we have taken over the publishing and distribution rights for the Research for Amenity Trees series from the government’s Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). READ MORE >>

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Cover of the new Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant Application pack

Announcing 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 is undergoing 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. READ MORE >>

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AA at the APF 2012

Thank you for all the help from volunteers over the course of the APF Show at Ragley Estate. The show this year was a great success and we had many new enquiries. There will be a full report on the APF in the winter 2012 ARB Magazine (out on 28 November).

Student outreach

September saw AA Technical Officer Paul Smith visit Moreton Morrell and Pershore colleges, which are both part of the Warwickshire College group. He is continuing the AA’s good work in colleges that provide arboriculture courses, giving presentations to students about the AA and the benefits of being involved. This work will be ongoing throughout the year with various special offers to students on membership and publications. READ MORE >>

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Tim Rollinson, CBE

Forestry Commission bids farewell to Director General

It has recently been announced that Tim Rollinson CBE is to retire as Director General of the Forestry Commission in the New Year. He has steered the Commission in the face of radical policy change and reduction in funding, especially in 2010, and our profession has much to thank him for in championing science and expertise. With a background in ecology he has done much to support our profession, being a past President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, a Chartered Environmentalist, a Patron of Tree Aid, a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration. READ MORE >>

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Dr Mark Johnston, an ICF Fellow, chaired the 2011 conference in Birmingham

Dr Mark Johnston, an ICF Fellow, chaired the 2011 conference in Birmingham

ICF announces 2014 Trees, People and the Built Environment conference

Following the success of the 2011 Trees, People and the Built Environment conference, hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters on behalf of a twenty-strong partnership of organisations, the ICF has announced its appointment of Dr Mark Johnston to chair another urban trees research conference in 2014. A call for papers and research for the event will be published shortly. READ MORE >>

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Simon Lloyd, RFS, Director of Development

Simon Lloyd joins the RFS as Director of Development at its new HQ

New face at the RFS

The Royal Forestry Society has recently announced the appointment of Simon Lloyd as its Director of Development. He will be based at its new headquarters at the Upton Estate, south of Banbury. READ MORE >>

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Birmingham Ride for Research

Fund 4 Trees – Birmingham Ride for Research Stage 2

This year’s Ride for Research is a two-stage event. The first stage took place in Reading on Sunday 2 September and culminated in the planting of a cedar before the start of the AA’s National Conference.

Following this it was decided that there should be a second stage of the event and this will take place in Birmingham on 16 October 2012. The ride will start in Walsall, passing through Sutton Park, under Spaghetti Junction and heading along the canal network into Birmingham, where we will have lunch at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and a brief tour. Then the riders will head back up to Walsall, mainly along the canal network. Along the way there will be three stops at schools in order to plant a tree in each. The route, which has been prepared by Peter Wharton, is 30 miles long and he has assured us that there are no hill stages! There are still spaces available so please sign up for a leisurely ride to assist in aiding the promotion of trees. READ MORE >>

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OPM: be on look out if working within M25

This caterpillar is a defoliator of oaks, both common species and evergreen oak, and sweet chestnut. It has been a problem in West London since it was first reported in 2006. The caterpillars pose an increasing threat to humans as their range is being extended by the warming European climate. The Forestry Commission and London Tree Officers Association have issued a pdf outlining how to identify the moth and what should be done if you spot one.

Sightings of caterpillars or nests must be reported to the Forestry Commission’s Forest Research Agency. READ MORE >>