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ISSUE 32

SEPTEMBER 2015

From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

As we head towards autumn the team at the Malthouse is finalising preparations for what looks set to be one of our biggest Amenity Conferences yet, both in terms of content and visitors. Over 350 delegates are confirmed so far, with many renowned speakers from across the globe.

Aside from the varied content on offer from Monday to Wednesday and Sunday’s ‘field trip’ to Shakespeare’s Oak at Stoneleigh Abbey, there will also be opportunities to catch up with old friends and make new connections, and I look forward to seeing many of you there.

As you may have seen, we have begun reviewing our services, looking to find the areas we can develop and improve upon to provide our members and supporters with a better service.

Following on from the Conference and our assessment of the event we can then turn our full focus to putting the finishing touches on our 2016 calendar. Look out for news on everything from membership to training in the coming months, as we strive to improve our offerings and enable you to get the most out of your membership.

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 – Less than a week to go!

2015 AMENITY CONFERENCE – LESS THAN A WEEK TO GO!

20–23 September 2015 – The University of Warwick

Less than a week to go until the 49th Annual AA Amenity Conference and we hope many of you will be able to take advantage of an extensive range of speakers, chairs and themes featured during this year’s event.

Hurry only a few days left to book your place

To go along with a packed schedule there are also 40 exhibitors booked in to the spacious Gallery Exhibition Hall at the Arts Centre, providing further interest across a range of products and services.

More than 80 of you have booked to come on Sunday's excursion to Stoneleigh Abbey and its historic parkland. There will be plenty of other opportunity to network with friends and colleagues with evening wine receptions, the Conference Dinner, and AGM always well attended.

The official timetable for the conference has now been released. Please download your copy here to plan your days:
Download the timetable >>

Join the BUZZ on Twitter #Arbconference15

Warwick Conferences provide some of the most comprehensive and up to date facilities in the UK and delegates will be able to take full advantage of the extensive lecture halls, exhibition space, accommodation, and leisure amenities.

See the latest list of exhibitors here:
Exhibitors >>

Don’t forget to tweet #Arbconference15 to let us know you’re coming to this year’s event!

Visit www.trees.org.uk/Amenity-Conference for the complete list of speakers and more information.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Following Monday’s schedule of speakers the Arboricultural Association AGM will be held at 6.00pm in the Woods Scawen Room in the Arts Centre and will be followed by a wine reception and dinner.

Among the major topics during the AGM will be voting on changes to clauses and articles of Association, along with voting to determine Trustees for the Association.

Find out more about the AGM >>

Click here for the 2014-15 Annual report.

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Registered Consultant Scheme 40 years of excellence

AA REGISTERED CONSULTANTS SCHEME 40 YEARS AND RUNNING

The AA Registered Consultant scheme (AARC) has been running for over 40 years and is recognised nationally as the gold standard for consultants who have reached a set of rigorously maintained business and professional standards.

Jonathan Cocking, representative of the RC group, says: “Any consultants currently working in the sector should seriously be considering becoming an AARC – attainment of the required standards needs a rigorous and committed approach – but the rewards both commercially and personally are considerable.”

The Registered Consultant scheme manager Paul Smith is also available to discuss the accreditation process and provide further information – please contact Paul on paul@trees.org.uk. Or on 01242 522152

FIND OUT MORE >>

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Website Survey 2015

MEMBERSHIP SURVEY LAUNCHED

As part of our continued development of the membership scheme we recently launched a survey to get your thoughts on everything from renewals to potential website improvements. To to give us a better idea of what you want we compiled a short questionnaire so that you could share your thoughts on what would give you the most value from the new AA website.

In addition we have set up a new e-mail address for your ideas - Please send any comments, big or small, to: ideas@trees.org.uk and they will all be taken into account while we review the membership scheme.

Please take the six question SURVEY >>.

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Arboriculture and Climate Change - 3 November, London

ARBORICULTURE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

LONDON
TUESDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2015
Member: £150
Non-member: £180

Following a successful run of events earlier in the year, we have set up a new Arboriculture and Climate Change date in London at the Country Land and Business Association. Focusing on urban tree resilience, this course is a must for those involved in the practical management options and in understanding and mitigating climate change.

BOOK NOW >>

OTHER UPCOMING COURSES:

Getting to Grips with Subsidence

6 October 2015 – Wokingham – Member: £175 | Non-member: £200
Instructor: Martin Dobson and Giles Biddle
BOOK NOW >>

     

Basic Tree Survey and Inspection

21 October 2015 – Ilminster, Somerset – Member: £110 | Non-member: £175
Instructor: Simon Richmond
OTHER DATES IN: Chelmsford, Hampshire, Wokingham
BOOK NOW >>

     

Valuing and Managing Veteran Trees

22 October 2015 – Ilminster, Somerset – Member: £110 | Non-member: £175
Instructor: Simon Cox
OTHER DATES IN: Stoneleigh
BOOK NOW >>

NEW EQUIPMENT DEMO

LONDON
26 NOVEMBER 2015

The next new equipment demo will run in central London at the Capel Manor campus in Regents Park. The demo offers some low cost CPD and introductions to the latest equipment on the market. On show for the first time will be Syngenta’s tree micro-injection system, Hansatech Instruments’ Arborcheck Nursery Benchmark System, along with the new ML Resi-PD Microdrill from Sorbus and a presentation from GreenBlue Urban on the need for trees in relation to sustainable draining systems (SuDS).

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Tree Lined Routes and the Linear Forest

TREE LINED ROUTES AND THE LINEAR FOREST

The Treework Seminar Series returns at Kew Gardens 25th November. The popular seminar series explores the potential of the linear forest as green lungs, ecosystem, aesthetic heritage and economic asset. The seminar will engage UK organisations including Highways England. The AA and ICF are both Associates of the initiative.

BOOK NOW >>

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AA RESEARCH GRANTS –
CLOSE IN 2 WEEKS

30 SEPTEMBER 2015

The closing date for applications for research grants is coming up soon. See the application form and details of the process here:
APPLICATIONS >>

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Help the AA avoid your spam filter

EMAIL – CHECK YOUR INBOXES

Whilst the Arb Magazine remains an important part of the communication process for the association, we also send you information as emails, particularly when we need to provide information quickly and efficiently.

We are aware that some email clients like Outlook are deploying more sophisticated tools such as ‘Clutter’ to filter out some regular correspondence and that some important emails from the Association may not be getting through to you. For most email clients the solution is to whitelist or add the AA as a contact in your contacts directory and if you have not already done so we would suggest that the following addresses are in your address book:

membership@trees.org.uk
training@trees.org.uk
admin@trees.org.uk
arbac@trees.org.uk
enews@trees.org.uk
marketing@trees.org.uk

You can find information about whitelisting for the most popular email clients here:
READ MORE >>

Please be assured that we endeavour to only provide you with information that is timely and relevant – and that we expect to deliver communications in an even more targeted manner as our new marketing tools become available later this year.

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TRAINING:
ESSENTIAL TO BOOK EARLY

The AA is constantly endeavouring to improve its offer of training courses and 2015 is no exception with a number of new courses available. But it is essential that you BOOK EARLY to ensure that these courses can go ahead. As a general rule of thumb, we need a minimum number of bookings a month before the course date so we can avoid cancellation and disappointment. So please get in early and book your course.
VISIT OUR TRAINING PAGES >>

DON’T FORGET:
ALL TRAINING COURSES CAN BE BOOKED ONLINE.
IT’S QUICKER, IT’S EASIER!
WWW.TREES.ORG.UK/TRAINING >>

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 >>

BOOK NOW >>

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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
BOOK NOW >>

CROSS-INDUSTRY NEWS

The world has more trees than previously thought

WORLD HAS MANY MORE TREES THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT

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REPORT – THE WOODLAND TRUST: THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF WOODLAND

READ MORE >>>

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Woods and trees deliver £270 billion worth of benefits to society

WOODS AND TREES DELIVER £270 BILLION WORTH OF BENEFITS TO SOCIETY

EVEN LEAVING ASIDE THE HEALTH AND FLOOD BENEFITS

READ MORE >>

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TREECONOMICS ROADSIDE TREES & VEGETATION REPORT IS HIGHLY COMMENDED

For the first time anywhere in the world, an ecosystem evaluation has been undertaken for highway trees on a strategic road network.
READ MORE >>

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ISA ANNUAL CONFERENCE – KEITH SACRE REFLECTS

READ MORE >>

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NEW SURVEY ON WOOD FIBRE AVAILABILITY AND DEMAND

READ MORE >>

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FUND4TREES ABSEIL4RESEARCH AT THE EUROPA HOTEL, BELFAST


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Young Apprenticeships in Arboriculture

YOUNG APPRENTICESHIPS IN ARBORICULTURE

READ MORE >>

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ASCA CONSULTING ACADEMY 2016

The most comprehensive training experience for arborists who consult.
READ MORE >>

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Very Important Trees (VITs)

WOODLAND TRUST VITS – ‘VERY IMPORTANT TREES’ CAMPAIGN

READ MORE >>

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