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ISSUE 33

OCTOBER 2015

From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

There is a renewed buzz about the Malthouse this month following on from one of our most successful and smooth running conferences in recent memory. We were fortunate in being able to attract so many excellent speakers, sharing new knowledge and advancements from around the globe. Thanks to them and to Warwick University for being such an excellent host not forgetting the team here, who I believe demonstrated just what excellent customer service really means. As I write we are evaluating the attendee survey, the results of which will be shared shortly.

For those of you who couldn’t join us at Warwick, we hope to see you in 2016 as the Conference celebrates its 50th anniversary at Keele University.

We can now switch our full focus to reviewing our strategies and continuing to develop all services as we strive to bring you an even better range of offerings for 2016 including a new web and members’ own area – more details to follow shortly!

Finally I would like you to join me in congratulating John Harraway, thoroughly deserving winner of this year’s Arboricultural Association Award, as well as welcoming our 4 new trustees to the board; Lisa Sanderson, Jonathan Cocking, Alistair Durkin and Ged Collins.

Karen Martin

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The 49th National Amenity Conference – Sustainability and the Urban Forest at the University of Warwick 20-23 September 2015

AMENITY CONFERENCE 2015

20–23 September 2015 – The University of Warwick

Over 350 delegates were part of one of our most successful Amenity Conferences.

The varied line-up of topics and speakers throughout the course of the three days kept all fully engaged and sparked much discussion amongst those in attendance.

The impressive facilities at Warwick Arts Centre meant that everything ran smoothly and delegates were treated to the optimum conference experience.

The Sunday field trip was the most popular excursion we’d had in many years with over 70 delegates taking part in a tour of Stoneleigh Abbey which included the famous Shakespeare's Oak.

On the final day delegates were able to get outdoors and enjoy a series of three practical masterclass workshops presented by Ed Gilman, Gary Watson and Paul Muir and Frank Rinn. The workshops were widely welcomed as an interesting and popular way of concluding the Conference.

Many delegates also commented on the larger exhibition area which brought in 33 companies providing information, advice and expertise across all aspects of the sector.

Jago Keen – re-elected for a third time as Chairman of the Association closed the Conference with a plea to communicate the learnings and momentum both to the wider industry and to a broader audience.

“We need to take a Saville Row approach to our wider responsibilities to the general public and tailor our message into language that mobilises public opinion and enables individuals to take their part in the drive to protect, nurture and maintain our national tree stock.”

The AA 2016 Conference will take place at Keele University 4-7 September.

For a detailed review of the Conference programme, please read this informative piece from JP Associates.

Many of the presentations from the 2015 Conference are now available for DOWNLOAD >>

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
YOUR NEW TRUSTEES

The Arboricultural Association Annual General Meeting took place on Monday 21 September at the Amenity Conference. There was good attendance and a range of topics on discussion.

There were also two separate votes for the members in attendance to decide on, with 4 new Trustees being elected to the board and amendments to the Memorandum and Articles of Association. All resolutions were passed and lodged with Companies House.

Whilst we welcome new and returning trustees we would also like to extend our warmest thanks to the outgoing trustees who have volunteered their time and put so much effort into helping take the Association forward.

The following Trustees were voted in at the AGM:

Ged Collins – Ged has over 42 years’ industry experience and was Arboricultural Manager at Salford City Council from 1985-2012. Ged has a wealth of knowledge having begun his career as a forester in the mid-70s, then becoming a tree surgeon and later an estates manager.

Lisa Sanderson – Lisa is an experienced Arborist who has led a wide ranging career in Arboriculture having started out as a climber, later working as a Consultant and Director in Auckland and being Vice President of the New Zealand Arboricultural Association. Lisa is now consulting at Ian Keen Ltd and is Training Developer at The Training Tree.

Alastair Durkin – Alistair is Senior Tree Officer within the Planning Department at Tandridge District Council, as well as being a Consultant and has been vice chairman of the AA’s Media and Communications committee for 2 years.

Jonathan Cocking – Jonathan has 35 years’ experience in the profession and is a Registered Consultant and Fellow of the Arboricultural Association, as well as being part of the executive committee of the European Arboricultural Council.

Peter Wharton – re-elected as a Trustee. Pete is a Chartered Arboriculturist and runs his own Consultancy, he has been chair of the AA Media and Communications Committee and sits on the Consultants Working Group and Midlands Branch Committee.

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John Harraway win the 2015 Arboricultural Association Award

JOHN HARRAWAY WINS THE ARBORICULTURAL ASSOCIATION AWARD 2015

The annual Conference awards dinner was well attended, with a relaxed and jovial atmosphere as friends and colleagues enjoyed the Tuesday evening.

After dinner the awards were presented. The ABC Awards Level 4 Diploma in Arboriculture; sponsored and presented by Tree Life was awarded to Daniel Holden. Next the ABC Awards Level 6 Diploma in Arboriculture; Sponsored by Lockhart Garratt and presented by RFS President Sophie Churchill, was awarded to Charles Bennett who was awarded for the tremendous effort required to complete the qualification in two years and maintain full time employment.

John Harraway was a deserved winner of the 2015 Arboricultural Association Award in recognition of a distinguished career in arboriculture.

Simon Holmes stepped up to present the award giving a speech listing John’s life’s work and achievements before announcing him as the winner. John then got a standing ovation as he collected his award, visibly humbled and touched to receive it, and was then surprised by his wife, Airi, who had arrived Tuesday unbeknownst to him. It was a memorable conference moment and one that was fully warranted in recognising John’s work.

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Disaster Arborist Response Team

DISASTER ARBORIST RESPONSE TEAM PRESENT ACHIEVEMENTS FROM CHARITY’S FIRST YEAR

Following the awards presentations John Mackeen and Jonathan Finlow of DART shared with us the achievements and progress of the charity over the past year, following their Launch at ARB Show 2014. Conceived during disaster relief work in Philippines in the immediate aftermath of typhoon HAIYAN in 2013, has already made a difference on deployment in Vanuatu in response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam earlier this year. They have received fantastic support for the cause which continues to grow with a host of volunteer arborists involved and being prepared for potential deployments, while sponsors and supporters continue to offer their help in spreading awareness and raising vital funds. A collection was made following the talk which raised over £1,300, thanks to all who generously donated.

Keep in touch with the latest DART news

Find out more about how you can support DART

Text DSXD04 £5 to 70070 to donate to DART International UK and make a difference today!

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Peter Annett to Retire from Registered Consultants Scheme

PETER ANNETT TO RETIRE FROM REGISTERED CONSULTANTS SCHEME ROLE

Peter Annett has announced that he will be retiring in early 2016 from his role as Lead Assessor for the Arboricultural Association Registered Consultants scheme. We thank Peter for his valuable contributions to the scheme since 2012 and his efforts in managing the scheme. The Association will be seeking a new Lead Assessor and will be interviewing prospective candidates later in the year.

Anyone interested in the role should contact Peter in the first instance at peter@peterannett.com or Karen Martin for an informal discussion.

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Martin Ivall Tree Services

NEW APPROVED CONTRACTORS IN THE NEWS

One of our newest Approved Contractors, Martin Ivall Tree Services made news in North Devon

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PUBLICATIONS NEWS

A-Z of Tree Terms: A Companion to British Arboriculture Second Edition Released

A-Z of Tree Terms: A Companion to British Arboriculture Second Edition Released

The second edition of the A-Z of tree terms by Philip Wilson is essential for anyone with an interest in trees. From lion-tail to cat-slide, from edible dormouse to heave, from barber’s chair to frill girdle and from ha-ha to hoo, this book will equip you for any eventuality.

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Trees in Towns and Cities: A History of British Urban Arboriculture

Trees in Towns and Cities: A History of British Urban Arboriculture

Now available in the AA book shop - Mark Johnston’s book is the first on the history of trees in Britain’s towns and cities and the people who have planted and cared for them.

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Making the most of your membership

ARE YOU MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP?

Our members can take advantage of some great deals on everything from equipment, clothing and supplies to software, insurance and even hotels!

Browse the full list of discounts HERE >>

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Valuing and Managing Veteran Trees

VALUING AND MANAGING VETERAN TREES

ilminster, SOMERSET
22 OCTOBER 2015

Member: £110
Non-member: £175

This course aims to help you to define what a veteran tree is and their value, both for cultural history and biodiversity. The day will include a field visit to look at veteran trees and recognise the importance of roots and the management of the land around veteran trees. It will also cover management, an introduction of pruning, protection, legislation and a Q&A session.

Instructor: Simon Cox

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OTHER UPCOMING COURSES:

BS3998:2010 Tree Work – Recommendations

28 October 2015 – Tonbridge, Kent – Member: £110 | Non-member: £175
Instructor: Paul Smith
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Risk Assessment for Commercial Arboriculture

11 November 2015 – Preston, Lancashire – Member: £110 | Non-member: £175
Instructor: Simon Cox
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ARB Approved Contractor Preparation Workshop

11 November 2015 – Antrim, Ireland – FREE-OF-CHARGE
Instructor: Paul Smith
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BRANCH NEWS

SOUTH EAST BRANCH

AN INTRODUCTION TO FUNGI – A WORKSHOP FOR ARBORISTS

SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER
WAKEHURST PLACE, ARDINGLY

Presented by Lisa Sanderson and John Harraway

Lisa Sanderson, an internationally experienced teacher and lecturer in arboriculture, and John Harraway, an arboricultural consultant will share their knowledge on Fungi, their role, strategies, detection and a practical demonstration using the Picus 3 and IML Resistograph PD series.

Places cost £50.
READ MORE >>

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VISUAL TREE ASSESSMENT FOR ARBORISTS

A workshop with Jack Kenyon

SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER 2015
EXBURY GARDENS, EXBURY, HAMPSHIRE

This popular workshop provides an excellent introduction to the art of visual tree assessment (VTA) and is a great opportunity to improve existing VTA skills, learning from a legendary arboriculturist, within one of the finest woodland gardens in the country.

Places cost: £50
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THAMES & CHILTERN BRANCH

RIGGING AWARENESS WORKSHOP

SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2015
READING UNIVERSITY

The Thames and Chiltern Branch are holding a rigging workshop at Reading University on Saturday 7th November. The workshop will include a theory session to explain the principles, techniques and good practice for rigging, followed by practical demonstrations. Kev Moore will be presenting.

Places cost: £30 plus VAT
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EAST ANGLIA BRANCH

WOODLAND COMMUNICATION DAY

FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2015
HORRINGER COMMUNITY CENTRE, IP29 5RU

A FREE one-day seminar coving aspects of woodland arboriculture, with updates, development and learning.

Places are FREE
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CROSS-INDUSTRY NEWS

The Ancient Tree Forum

ANCIENT TREE FORUM SEEKS NEW CHAIR

The Ancient Tree Forum is on the lookout for a new Chair to ensure a strong and effective voice for the future of ancient and veteran trees.
READ MORE >>

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Tree lined routes seminar series

TREE LINED ROUTES SEMINAR SERIES

Final places available for Tree-lined Routes & the Linear Forest – A new vision of connected landscapes, Seminar at RBG Kew on 25 November. £175 (+vat) including delegates book & packed lunch allowing delegates to visit Kew Gardens in the break.

The seminar seeks to develop a correct appreciation of tree-lined routes to inform local, regional, national and trans-national policy. It introduces the concept of a linear forest network that is a resilient, proactively-managed national asset, properly interconnected and no longer vulnerable to short-termism and subjective risk aversion.

Speakers from Roads for Nature, Highways England, Network Rail, Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust, DARM, Advisors to Council of Europe, TDAG, Geosynthetics, Civic Engineers, ICF and Treeconomics.
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DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAMME >>

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NATIONAL WOOD FUEL CONFERENCE 2015

EPSOM RACE COURSE

Opportunities for growth and funding for the wood fuel industry will be under the spotlight at this year’s National Wood Fuel Conference on 15 October.
READ MORE >>>

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Future Arb

FUTURE ARB

FutureArb is a brand new trade event for the arboriculture industry on Tuesday 17th November at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey. This year, it's co-locating with the UK's leading landscaping event 'FutureScape'.
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URBAN TREE FOUNDATION

An excellent US based resource for those involved in urban tree care discovered at the conference.
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TREES IN KOLKATA GET THEIR OWN IDENTITY CARDS

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Observatree/ISPN conference on tree health

OBSERVATREE/ISPN CONFERENCE ON TREE HEALTH

23-24 FEBRUARY 2016
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW, UK

Kate Hutchinson, Observatree Project Manager, said:

“This conference promises to provide a unique insight into the challenges we face in responding to pests and diseases across Europe. By sharing best practice we hope to better protect our trees and woods from the ever-increasing threats being posed. If you are interested in attending the conference registration is open until the end of November. There are also opportunities to present a talk or a poster.”

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FUND4TREES

Here’s just a few things Fund4Trees has done for the UK Arboricultural industry.
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Let’s get nibbling!

LET’S GET NIBBLING!

Another conference find thanks to our speaker Sue Illman, who shared this great little video about how we can prevent flooding via the use of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDs).
WATCH NOW >>

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TV REMINDER

BBC FOUR, OAK TREE: NATURES GREATEST SURVIVOR

Here’s the link to a fantastic programme which aired last week investigating the life of the oak tree. The show will be available on iPlayer for 3 more weeks.
WATCH NOW >>

JOB FINDER AND ADVERTS

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