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ISSUE 22

October 2014

From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

Another eventful month. September is Conference month as well as attendance at the APF show. The Conference was a great success with a fantastic field of international and UK speakers bringing to the table the evidence base behind what we have always known – that trees in an urban landscape materially affect the lives and well-being of people. Our next step is to work with others to get that message to those with the purse strings to promote the management of the tree’d environment: tree planting, maintenance and investment. In addition we hosted Arb Australia to share ideas, opened the Tom Hall Memorial Library (see the web for the catalogue and how to access), entered into an agreement with Forest Research and Treeconomics to promote i-Tree – more next month – and joined the Sunday Times list of experts.

As we enter autumn watch out for a survey coming from us in support of the FC on sycamore browning and what you are seeing.

Karen Martin

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Elected Trustees and Committee Members - Chairman Jago Keen retains his position

New AA board

There has been a lot of change on the Board of Trustees this year following the AGM. Jago Keen will continue his role as Chair of the Association and Mike Sankus has stepped up as Vice-Chair for the forthcoming year. We also welcome Jaime Bray and Simon Holmes to the board.
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Baroness Fookes of Plymouth

AA conference pushes for political action

Baroness Fookes opened the AA’s 48th National Amenity Conference and set the scene with an appeal to take the conference proposition of ‘Healthy Trees, Healthy People’ into the political arena.
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Lord de Mauley – DEFRA

Defra recognises the AA as
‘The Voice of Arboriculture’

Speaking at the AA Conference, Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Science, recognised the Association as the representative body for the tree care profession and ‘The Voice of Arboriculture’.
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Keith Sacre accepting 2014 AA Award

2014 AA Award

At the AA Conference Dinner on 16 September, Keith Sacre of Barcham Trees PLC, was awarded the 2014 AA Award ‘for continued contribution to Arboriculture’. Delegates and invited dinner guests were delighted to recognise the outstanding contribution that Keith has given, and continues to give, to advance understanding and to promote the tree care industry, which he does with humility and extraordinary generosity. The award was presented by Bob Widd, of the Consulting Arborist Society. A full press release is being prepared which will be posted on the Latest News section of the AA website soon.

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The Tom Hall Library

Dr Tom Hall Library is open

In 2013, the late Dr Tom Hall’s wide-ranging collection of books on arboriculture and a number of AA Journal issues were bequeathed to the Arboricultural Association. The collection has now been catalogued for the exclusive use of members.
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A History of the AA Video

A History
of the AA

This video was presented at the AA Conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the Association. It provides a brief overview of the Association and the foundations which have been firmly set for the next 50 years.
WATCH IT HERE >>

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The Splendour of the Tree

The Splendour of the Tree

AA members only Discount

To order ‘The Splendour of the Tree’ at the discounted price of just £20 including p&p* (RRP: £25), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the special AA members only offer code APG231.

*UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

HURRY as the offer code will only be valid until the end of December 2014.

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BS 8545 and Trees in Hard Landscapes

BS 8545 and Trees in Hard Landscapes

The AA Autumn Road Show reviews two key guidance documents – BS 8545 and the TDAG publication ‘Trees in Hard Landscapes’ to help you draw out the key factors for successful tree establishment. See below to read more about the launch of ‘Trees in Hard Landscapes’. Get in early and book your place now.
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Death of motorist from a falling branch of mature oak

‘The risk of taking shortcuts’
– AA

The AA has issued a statement following a Coroner’s report on the death of a motorist caused by a falling branch of a roadside tree. Mr Warren was killed when a branch from a mature oak fell on to his car on the A332 near Ascot racecourse in 2012.
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Tree Aid - In Africa, trees mean life

AA raises £199 for Tree Aid

Congratulations to those attending the AA Amenity Conference at Royal Holloway this year, as you managed to raise £199 on behalf of the AA for Tree Aid. This was only half of the total proceeds from Big Tom’s Raffle, the other half being donated to Ride for Research. Find out more about the great work that Tree Aid does in Africa and how you can help make a difference.
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BRANCH EVENTS

Midlands Branch

Rigging Workshop

Saturday 4 October,
The Tree House,
FC HQ (Central East Forest District),
Birches Valley,
Rugeley, Staffs

HURRY! The Midlands Branch is running this rigging workshop presented by Kevin Moore. There will be a theory session to explain the principles, techniques and good practice for rigging. This will be followed by practical demonstrations. Tea and coffee will be provided during the day, but everyone attending will need to bring their own lunch.
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Midlands Branch
Autumn Meeting

Thursday 23 October 2014, 10.30am–4pm, Charlecote Park, Warwick CV35 9ER

Midlands Branch will visit Charlecote Park for its 2014 autumn field trip. This National Trust property has a full age spectrum of trees from young through to veteran specimens. The visit will be led by Adam Maher and Lisa Topham who have transformed the park through a restoration programme.
READ MORE >>

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Scottish Branch

Scottish Branch Rigging Workshop

Saturday 25 October 2014, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Scottish Branch will be running a rigging workshop in late October. The workshop will be presented by Kevin Moore who will give a theory session to explain the principles, techniques and good practice for rigging. This will be followed by practical demonstrations. Tea and coffee will be provided during the day, but everyone attending will need to bring their own lunch.
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Western Branch

Single Rope Technique Workshop

Wednesday 22 October 2014, Cannington Centre, Bridgwater College, Cannington

Chris Cooper-Abbs and Matt Brooker will present a theory session to explain the background and history for single rope technique, then on to the application, types of system and equipment selection after the mid-morning break. After lunch there will be practical demonstrations. Tea & coffee will be provided during the day, but everyone attending will need to bring their own lunch.
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CROSS-INDUSTRY NEWS

Iron Man – Russell Ball

The Ironman of Arboriculture – and still time to donate a penny a mile

What does it take to travel the 1000+ miles from Lands End to John O’Groats by bike? Russell Ball can tell us: over 300,000 pedal strikes and a shed load of grit and determination – especially up the long hills. And just to add the challenge, Russell decided to visit 11 schools on the way. Planting trees which he carried on his bike, he spoke in front of over 2000 children – possibly our industry’s next generation. At the end of the ride Russell said, ‘Personally, I’m relieved to have completed this solo effort and emotionally drained – and just a tad proud.’
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Treesource bookshop has a new home!

A message from Jo Ryan: After almost 15 years running the Treesource, I am leaving the bookshop to concentrate on arboricultural consultancy and research. While this is certainly the end of an era with me as the face and voice of the bookshop, it is the beginning of a new chapter for Treesource bookshop, which is now being run by Chris and Paul O’Hara alongside their natural history bookshop, Summerfield Books.
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Ride for Research,
September 2014

The latest Ride for Research took on Windsor Great Park and beyond, coinciding with the Association’s National Amenity Conference. The Association is one of the proud sponsors of Ride for Research and our very own Karen Martin (CEO), Simon Cox (Technical Officer) and Peter Wharton and Jo Ryan (Trustees) took part in the 25-mile ride. READ MORE in the next ARB Magazine, out in December. In addition we raised an amazing £199 for Ride for Research from Big Tom’s Raffle. This being only half of the total proceeds, the other half of which was donated to Tree Aid.

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Forestry Commission seedling identification App

FC launches seedling identification app

A new app-based field guide from the Forestry Commission has been launched to help identify almost 100 tree and shrub seedlings under one year old that are commonly found in British woods and forests.
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Trees in Hard Landscapes:
A Guide for Delivery launched

The Trees and Design Action Group has published Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery. It explores the practical challenges and solutions for integrating trees in 21st century streets, civic spaces and surface car parks, detailing the process, design and technical options. To coincide with the launch of Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery the AA is running a series or workshops around the UK that examines this and BS 8545 to support successful tree establishment.
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American Society of Consulting Arborists, Annual Conference

3–6 December, Westin Mission Hills Resort, Palm Springs, CA

ASCA's Annual Conference is the only conference in the U.S. designed to help those who want to expand their careers as consulting arborists.
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Forestry Commission seedling identification App

Join The Gruffalo’s Child on her forest adventure

From 3 October 2014 until February 2015, self-led Gruffalo’s Child activity trails will be located in 24 Forestry Commission forests across England, continuing the nationwide celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the book’s publication.
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The new ArbSafe website launches

Arbtalk launches Arbsafe

An intuitive user interface makes it possible for anyone to register and add any manner of equipment within minutes. The secure new website allows provision for managing your business assets privately, as well as displaying your stolen assets publicly.
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