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From the CEO

Stewart Wardrop - CEO

I’m sure many of you are already aware that I started in post on Monday 3rd October. As you can imagine it’s been a busy first couple of weeks getting stuck into the operational nuts and bolts of the organisation. I’m keen to utilise what I’ve already found to be a knowledgeable and passionate membership to help us drive forward as an Association and the industry as a whole. Later this month I’ll be attending an ISA Workshop which will develop our network with colleagues in organisations with a similar ethos to the AA, as well as to learn and facilitate the sharing of information while strengthening our collaborative ties as an Associate organisation. It is plainly evident that the Arboriculture sector is vibrant, dynamic and of course challenging. As your Association we will endeavour to engage, listen and consult with our members to ensure it best meets their needs now and in the future.

Stewart Wardrop

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AA bids farewell to Laura

Thank you Laura

Friday 7 October was a sad day for the team at the Malthouse as we bid farewell to the wonderful Laura Joule who’s been a star running publications and providing brilliant support to every department in the organisation for the past few years, she’ll be sorely missed. Good luck to Laura as she completes her Masters and pursues a career in Arboriculture and Forestry.

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Kevin Cloud - Our latest AA Registered Consultant

AA welcomes new Registered Consultant, Kevin Cloud

We’re pleased to introduce Kevin Cloud, of Technical Arboriculture Ltd, as the newest member of the Registered Consultant scheme. With over 20 years’ experience working with trees, woodlands and countryside, Kevin’s been a fully independent Tree Consultant for 5 years, providing expert tree advice to landowners.

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Neil Carmichael

Local MP visits AA HQ

On Friday 7th October Stewart Wardrop, the new Chief Executive of the Arboricultural Association, welcomed Neil Carmichael for an informative visit to learn more about Arboriculture and the importance of trees and their proper management.


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Get your MArborA on!

Get your MArborA on!

For the first time Professional Grade is now open to anyone with at least 2 years of industry experience at a professional level and a Level 5 qualification in Arboriculture. Professional membership provides you with the recognition your expertise, experience and knowledge warrants with the use of the MArborA post-nominals.

Check your eligibility and complete your upgrade form today

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Russell Ball embarks on his epic Gibraltar to London bike ride for Fund4Trees

Fund4Trees Russell Ball takes off on solo and unsupported Gibraltar to London Cycle

Fund4Trees founder and AA Associate member Russell Ball is cycling 1500 miles from Gibraltar to London solo and unsupported. Please visit the Fund4Trees Facebook page and @RfR_Ball on twitter to show your support for his incredible challenge! He’ll be visiting various schools and stops along the way planting trees and promoting sustainable treescapes, and the benefits of arboriculture and trees with the incredible passion and enthusiasm that only Russell can bring.

Send Russell a message of support on Facebook www.facebook.com/Fund4Trees-673245742803794/
Or Tweet to keep him going twitter.com/RfR_Ball

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AA range of Help and Advice guides avaialable

Help and Advice guides available

The AA has a range of help and advice guides available to help promote various aspects of Tree work.

An Introduction to Trees and their Management provides general guidance on where to find information about common aspects of tree management for members of the public who own or have an interest in trees.

Choosing Your Arborist is aimed at prospective customers, particularly those not familiar with tree work (e.g. an average homeowner) and guides them through some of the basic checks they should make before choosing an arborist or tree work contractor.

The pocket guides to Trees and the Law and Tree Pruning were launched earlier in the year and are also available on request.

New guides are already being developed and any suggestions for potential help and advice documents are always welcomed at ideas@trees.org.uk

Choosing Your Arborist >>

Introduction to Trees and their Management >>

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Introduction to Soils

Introduction to Soils

15 November 2016, Preston, Lancashire

Presented by Andy Moffat

Members: £150.00 | Non-members: £180.00 (plus VAT)

Urban tree maintenance is increasingly challenging in times of financial constraint. It’s now all the more important that tree establishment is correctly managed and planted in adequate amounts of suitable soil! Add issues such as climate change, and diseases such as Phytophthora and it’s evident that we must take the soil seriously if we are to continue to benefit from our urban trees.

“A detailed, extensive and rather brilliant presentation by Dr Andy Moffat, an environmental applied scientist (who certainly knows his soils), that was interspersed with plenty of interesting discussion from the delegates.” Jeremy Peirce – JP Associates

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Assessment of Tree Forks

Assessment of Tree Forks
2 new venues
Last chance for 2016!

28 November 2106, Wokingham, Berkshire

2 December 2016, Preston, Lancashire

Instructed by Dr. Duncan Slater

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

Last two opportunities to be part of an exclusive nationwide event and experience the hugely popular course. Presented by South East and Northern branches, in association with Myerscough College.

Book Wokingham event >>

Book Preston event >>

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15 November 2016
Book now >>

Brandon, Suffolk
Member: £425 – Non-member: £495 (plus VAT)
Presented by: Ben Abbatt



24 November 2016
Buxton, Derbyshire
Member: £35 | Non-member: £35 (plus VAT)

Instructors: Chris Cooper Abbs and Matt Brooker

Visit our website to book: Book now >>



25 October 2016
Truro, Cornwall
Member: £20 | Non-member: £25 (plus VAT)

Instructors: David Evans, Paul Smith and Oliver Bennett

Visit our website to book: Book now >>


2017 Training Courses Coming Soon, see what CPD is left for 2016 click here >>.
For the latest list of courses for 2016 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.

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Tree Risk and Standards – Contractor Event

25 October 2016, Truro, Cornwall

Instructed by David Evans, Paul Smith and Oliver Bennett

Members: £20.00 | Non-members: £25.00

Tree Diseases in our area – Symptoms, Significance and Appropriate Management.

Tree Hazard Assessment – Principles and walk and talk looking at several trees in Truro.

BS 3998 Recommendations for Tree Work – A general overview and how this relates to the physiology of trees and the TPO tree work application process.
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Visual Tree Assessment for Arborists - A workshop with Jack Kenyon

22 October 2016, Exbury Gardens, Southampton - £50

Learning from a legendary arboriculturist, within the spectacular Exbury Gardens; this popular and regularly updated workshop provides an excellent introduction to the art and science of visual tree assessment (VTA) and is a great opportunity to improve existing VTA skills.
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Tree Protection and Planning - The Role of the Tree Officer

27 October 2016, London - Free-of-charge

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.

THIS EVENT IS FREE OF CHARGE and is kindly sponsored by InfraGreen Solutions.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN DESIGNED FOR LOCAL AUTHORITY TREE OFFICERS ONLY. In order to reserve your ticket please book using your .GOV.UK email address.
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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



National Tree Safety Group Launch New Website


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An American tragedy: Why are millions of trees dying across the country?


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One of the UK Champions is an enormous Red Cedar Credit: Snowdonia National Park Authority

Largest Trees in UK discovered in Snowdonia National Park


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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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Trees, People and the Built Environment 3

Trees, People and the Built Environment 3
Call for papers

University of Birmingham, 5–6 April 2017

You may also be interested in submitting a research paper or case study on the themes of ‘health’ and ‘transport’ for the ICF conference to be held at the University of Birmingham on 5 and 6 April 2017.

Submissions are requested by 21st October 2016
Find out more >>



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