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This is the 12th eNews from the Arboricultural Association and we hope that all of you are enjoying this addition to the media suite that we provide. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to provide us with stories and articles. We would welcome any contributions for the forthcoming 12 months.

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Message from the CEO

It’s conference time and we are counting down the working days with bookings still coming in and all exhibitor space sold out. There are badges to be made, final preparations to be undertaken, slides and visuals to collate, logistical details to complete, food to be organised – the list seems endless. This is a time when the team really comes together to finalise all the various activities which make up a successful conference for all, not to mention organising the AGM, capturing proxy votes for our 13 nominees and responses to questions sent in advance of the meeting. So, three huge thank yous from me: to the team here at HQ who make what sometimes feels like the impossible possible; to our speakers and session chairs whose agreement to present and support the conference provides quality par excellence; and to our nominees who have agreed to act in a personal and voluntary capacity as Trustees. They will build on the contribution of those who have preceded them and take the Association into 2014 and beyond as we mark our 50th year.

Karen Martin

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The AA’s Membership Survey Prize Draw Winner Anthony Crook said 'I'm really looking forward to getting out there with my Stihl chainsaw!'

AA membership survey: the results

The Arboricultural Association’s membership survey, which closed on 15 August, attracted nearly 650 responses, 70 of which came from non-members. We owe a very big thank you to everyone who took part: the information, views and opinions will be invaluable as the Association builds services, support and membership benefits for the future. We will be sharing some of the information from the survey in the next ARB Magazine (out 6 December).

And the news you have all been waiting for … the winner of the Free Prize Draw is Anthony Crook, Senior Arboricultural and Habitat Officer from Stockport Council, who has chosen the Stihl MS 150 TC-E as his prize. Anthony said, ‘I have been a professional member of the Arb Association for over 5 years. The Association’s member services, courses and workshops have proved invaluable and I am sure the survey will help the AA further develop its member support and benefits. It’s been great to be chosen as the winner of the prize draw, and I’m really looking forward to getting out there with my Stihl chainsaw!’

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The AA's 47th National Amenity Arboriculture Conference

AA’s 47th National Conference at Exeter University – ‘Managing the Urban Forest’

With just a few days remaining until the 47th National Conference there are only a few spaces left. This year has seen record bookings of exhibitors and delegates, and we look forward to welcoming you all in Exeter.

The urban forest provides countless benefits to the population at large: attractive landscapes and streetscapes, screening, recreational and social space, and potential health and well-being. As tree professionals and practitioners, we need to remain educated, informed and connected to the latest thinking, research and opportunities.

The AA’s 47th Annual Conference on 8–11 September 2013 draws together five key themes to provide you with the knowledge and opportunities to develop professionally and personally your understanding of management issues within the context of the urban forest.

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Association AGM and trustee nominations - have your say!

Association AGM and Trustee nominations – have your say

All Arboricultural Association members who will not be attending the AGM on Monday 9 September 2013 need to get their voting slips back to us by 12 noon on Friday 6 September.

There are 13 nominees for 6 Trustee positions, which become vacant with effect from 9 September 2013. If you have already voted, please note that Simon Holmes was added to the list of nominees. If you have previously voted using the earlier version of the voting slip, we will contact you individually to clarify your vote. We look forward to receiving your vote, either at the AGM or by proxy. Those attending the AGM at the conference will be able to vote at the meeting.

If you have not already received a voting form by email and require one, please contact Mel Sutherland at mel@trees.org.uk.

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Kayt Bennett

Farewell to Kayt

August saw the departure of Kayt Bennett, a valued member of the team, to take up a position much closer to home and her two small children. We wish Kayt all the best in her new position and though we are sad to say farewell we will be keeping in close contact with her both as a friend and as help in the future for the ARB Show etc. We are also pleased to announce the appointment of Louisa Coley, BSc, FCCA (Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants), as Financial Controller. Louisa has been with us for a number of years in a temporary capacity so we are delighted to be able to formalise her appointment and through a re-organisation of responsibilities utilise her skills and capabilities to full effect.

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The Blue Book lives on!

On 28 August the government announced a new national online planning guidance resource, which includes the successor to Tree Preservation Orders – A Guide to the Law and Good Practice (the Blue Book). The resource has been launched for public testing for six weeks. It is not a formal consultation exercise but informal comment is sought on both the content and the usability and functionality of this new web-based resource. The AA submitted detailed comments to the preceding government consultation to support the retention and updating of the Blue Book. The new National Planning Practice Guidance can be found at planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk.

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This event is sponsored by STEIN Safety

South-East Branch: Rigging Awareness Workshop

Sponsored by STEIN

Date: Saturday 28 September

Venue: Exbury Gardens, Exbury, Southampton, Hampshire

South-East Branch is hosting another rigging awareness workshop presented by Kevin Moore and Christopher Hoare Tree Services Staff. A theory session to explain the history, legislation, principles and techniques for basic rigging operations in the morning will be followed by practical demonstrations in the afternoon. The cost of the day is £36.00 including VAT (@20%) per person. Places are limited to 30 (with no more than 3 people per company).

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Scottish Branch present 'Delivering Tree Work'

Scottish Branch: Delivering Tree Work

Date: Thursday 31 October

Venue: City Council Chambers, Edinburgh

The Arboricultural Association Scottish Branch are proud to present a four hour CPD Course aimed at arborists, planners, quantity surveyors and others involved in commissioning tree works. The course will be held at the City Council Chambers, Edinburgh, 31 October 2013.

The course is an introduction to tree reports and tree work specifications. The course will clarify the relationship between arboricultural tree surveys and reports, it helps in identifying and illustrating current best practice with regard to commissioning of tree consultants, tree work contractors and how the process of information gathering leads to the preparation of commercially viable specifications for tree work tenders.

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South East Branch: Tree Canopy Access Awareness Workshop

Date: Friday 18 October

Venue: Grantham Hall, Lamberhurst Quarter, Lamberhurst, nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8AJ

A theory session will include:

  • What is single rope technique (SRT)?
  • Risk assessment for access options – don’t discount ladders …
  • Understanding the development of SRT and key legislation relating to SRT, including Work at Height regs
  • Selecting equipment for SRT systems
  • Setting anchor points, including lowerable systems
  • Practising techniques (depending on numbers this may be limited to a few participants)
  • Discussion of the range of reference sources, courses and further information on SRT

This will be followed by practical demonstrations in the afternoon. The cost of the day is £45.00 per person including VAT (@20%). Places are limited to 20 (with no more than 2 people per company).

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Ash dieback (Chalara) – South East Branch Guided Walk

A chance to see the symptoms and discuss management options for ash

Date: Wednesday 18 September

Venue: Hook and Hatchet Public House, Hucking, nr Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1QT

The South-East Branch are hosting a two-hour guided walk by Jonathan Harding, one of the Forestry Commission’s Woodland Officers, who has first-hand practical experience of dealing with ash dieback. The guided walk will give the chance to diagnose and look at symptoms of the disease in the field and to discuss options for managing ash woodlands and amenity trees. Everyone who will be attending will be entered into a raffle with a 1 in 3 chance of winning a copy of the AA’s Tree Pests and Diseases – An Arborists’ Field Guide, which retails at £15. The walk was so popular it sold out within a few hours of the information being made available.

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Northern Branch: Tree Rigging Workshop

Date: Friday 11 October, 9:30am

Venue: The Barn, Berkeley Drive, Cuerden Valley Park, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 6BY

This event will be led by Jim Philpott, an active and well respected trainer from Yorkshire who has devised the workshop in conjunction with Kev Moore. At this event he will be assisted as demonstrators by a climbing team from Ken Linford Gardencare Ltd, from Leyland, recently registered as Arboricultural Association Approved Contractors. The cost of the day is £45 plus VAT.

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The AA Midland Branch and Ancient Tree Forum at the National Forest Wood Fair 2013

AA Midlands Branch at

The National Forest Wood Fair

Bank Holiday Monday saw the AA’s Midlands Branch back at Beacon Hill Country Park, near Loughborough in Leicestershire, for their now well-established attendance at the annual National Forest Wood Fair. The focus of the stand was the promotion of the field guides on fungi and pests & diseases, with examples of fruiting bodies and foliar samples accompanied by copies of the relevant pages of the guides occupying the majority of the table. The good weather attracted a record crowd and, as usual, we were kept busy answering questions on tree problems and promoting the benefits of professional tree care and the work of the Association.

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2013 Ride for Research, London

2013 Ride for Research in London

Date: Wednesday 23 October

Venue: London, starting and ending at Kew Gardens

Fund4Trees (F4T) is now a registered charity. It will provide an over-arching structure to deliver a range of different charitable initiatives. One example is the already established Ride for Research. Applications are now open to those wishing to take part in the second 2013 Ride for Research – so come and join AA CEO Karen Martin and other riders from the AA and beyond. The 25-mile circular route from Kew Gardens (on designated cycle ways) will take place on 23 October. We’ll be stopping at three schools to plant trees with pupils. A major focus of the school visits will be environmental education. The ride is open to foresters, arboriculturists and anyone interested in trees and the environment. If you don’t want to ride yourself but would like to volunteer to support the 2013 Ride for Research, please let us know how you may be able to help.


The A–Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture

A–Z of Tree Terms

The A–Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture is a newly published book written by Philip Wilson, an arboricultural consultant from Kent. All the terms within the A–Z, with abridged definitions, can also be found at www.treeterms.co.uk/. The book will be on sale at the AA’s Conference.

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Sustainable water management: trees are part of the solution

Sustainable water management:
trees are part of the solution

The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) feels that the current attitude towards trees in time of drought urgently needs to be challenged and revised. Rather than contributing to the problems associated with water management, trees are part of the solution. In spring 2012 London and the south east of England were officially declared to be in drought conditions. Just as trees were coming into leaf, water suppliers imposed heavy restrictions which affected how and when newly planted specimens could be watered. It LTOA has now issued recommendations relating to trees and sustainable water management.

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FC England incentive and regulations update meetings

The events will be held on Friday 20 September at the Westmorland Showground, Kendal and Tuesday 1 October at the Worcestershire Federation of Youth Farmers Clubs, Worcester. Sessions will run from 10am until 1pm and will include: updates on the FC’s grants scheme to include transitional arrangements for 2014, the new management plan template and an update on the New Environmental Land Management Scheme (NELMS); regulations update to include felling licences, European Protected Species and EU timber regulations; plant health – the current national and local situation on tree pests and diseases; and an update on the FC’s team and business processes. Contact Debbie Howgate to book a place – debbie.howgate@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

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Urban Tree Diversity website

Urban Tree Diversity

The key to the success of our tree populations is diversity. Our trees face unprecedented attack from novel pests and diseases at the very time when we are recognising how vitally important trees are to human well-being, especially in the urban environment. In recognition of the challenges we face in managing our tree stocks, an international conference has been arranged for 16–18 June 2014 just outside Malmö in Sweden. Focusing on diversity in all its forms this conference is currently drawing papers from the very best international scientists in this field.

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Lyme disease – catch it early call

The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is urging anyone bitten by ticks to be aware of symptoms which could indicate that they have picked up Lyme disease. RFS Development Director Simon Lloyd says: ‘The risks of catching Lyme disease remain very small, but people should be aware of symptoms in much the same way that most people know about the dangers of leptospirosis or Weil’s disease from river water.’ Lyme disease in the UK is spread by sheep, deer, or woodland tick carrying the Borrelia bacteria. It is also present in Europe and North America. Not all ticks carry the bacteria, but first signs of infection are usually a persistent rash.

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The Confor website

Exciting Competition at Confor Woodland Show

Confor is delighted to announce some great prizes on offer to those who would like to compete in the forwarder competition, organised and sponsored by Euroforest Limited, at the Confor Woodland Show on 12–13 September. Euroforest Limited, the show’s major gold sponsor, is once again organising a forwarder competition alongside its harvesting demonstrations in the woodland area. First prize, provided by Winchester Garden Machinery, is a pair of SIP Innovation Class A chainsaw trousers and jacket. The second and third prizes, provided by Euroforest, are a scale model forwarder and a harvester.

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Ash dieback update

Chalara case confirmed near Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Leicestershire is the 14th county in England where Chalara has been discovered in the wider environment (forests and woodland); the other counties are Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Devon, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Dorset and Northumberland. The disease has now been confirmed in 558 sites including 200 locations in the wider environment. Chalara was discovered in England’s woodland last autumn as a result of the intensive survey carried out of sites across the UK where ash trees are known to be present. As the trees are now in leaf, it is easier to see cases of Chalara and further sites are likely to be identified.

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Dr Mark Johnston

2013 Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education:
Dr Mark Johnston

Dr Mark Johnston has been award the Alex Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education for 2013. The prestigious award was presented to Mark at the ISA’s Annual Conference, Trees & People – Growing Stronger through Diversity, in Toronto. Mark is the first UK recipient of a prestigious award from the ISA. The top international accolade is in recognition for his work in enhancing the quality and professionalism of arboriculture through education. ISA President Terrence Flanagan said, ‘Dr Johnston has worked as a contractor, consultant, tree officer, and college professor to connect people with trees in schools and communities throughout Britain and Ireland. He has helped hundreds of young men and women complete their degrees in arboriculture in addition to his development of online courses to make higher-learning available to students everywhere.’.

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Tree Explorer Field Guide App

Tree App

Tree Explorer Field Guide App: This new app contains illustrated information on 111 trees commonly seen in rural and urban areas and shows how to identify them.

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What impact will UK biodiversity decline have?

Live online Q&As: Wednesday 18 September

Venue: Risley Moss Local Nature Reserve, Ordnance Avenue, Birchwood, Warrington, WA3 6QX
Date: 24–25 September

Butterflies, bees, wildflowers, ash trees and oak have all hit the news over the last year because of fears about their decline. But what is the evidence around the causes of declining biodiversity, are there solutions, and why should we care? The plant science panel has already been asked: Is overpopulation destroying habitats, wildlife and soil? Why import trees from abroad when there is clearly an associated risk of importing diseases that lead to the decline of our native species? Decline of some species and resurgence of others: surely it all just equals out in the long run? Is there anything you would like to ask?

Join experts Dr Ian Denholm, President of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, Dr Richard Harrington, Head of the Rothamsted Insect Survey and Dr David Rose, Head of Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service (South) at Forest Research, Forestry Commission, for an hour long live Q&A on Wednesday 18 September at 2pm. Put your questions to the panel via Twitter, @senseaboutsci using #plantsci, or email us at plantsci@senseaboutscience.org. See more at: www.senseaboutscience.org/pages/biodiversity-decline.html#sthash.eapmhdds.dpuf


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Assistant Arboricultural Consultant

Wharton Arboriculture is a small, professional and progressive consultancy company based on a country estate south of Stratford upon Avon. As a result of our continued commitment and increased client base we are seeking to appointment an Assistant Arboricultural Consultant. The new position is aimed at a self-motivated, professional individual with good communication skills who wants to both develop their career within arboriculture and related fields and also assist with business development and delivery of our key services.

For full job details and skills required, please see our full advertisement on the AA website.

If you want to develop your career, join a dynamic company which is ISO9001:2008 compliant, please send your CV with a covering letter of experience to Peter Wharton. If you wish to discuss the opportunity and role further please call Peter Wharton on 01789 459458.


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