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ARB Training ePulse – Scotland
July 2017

Arboricultural Association Scotland Branch Presents


Hazard Tree Inspection Course
– A Practitioner’s Guide

26–27 September 2017, Stirling University

Instructed by Chris Simpson

2-day – Members £125 +VAT | Non-members £150 +VAT

Hazard Tree Inspection Course

A 2-day bespoke course aimed at those actively involved in hazard tree inspections or those looking to progress a career in arboricultural consultancy. This hands on practical course will review current industry methodology of hazard tree inspection, wood decay fungi, practical site surveys and collection of data. Instructor Chris Simpson will also advise on how to present appropriate data and defensible feedback to tree owners in report and online map formats.

Course Objectives:

  • Review current tree inspection methodologies
  • Overview of tree survey equipment
  • Ensure an understanding of the relevance of the tree’s structural features
  • Review common decay fungi and their significance in decision making
  • Update recent reclassifications of some wood decay fungi
  • Practise information collection and presentation
  • Ensure management recommendations are appropriate and clear
  • How to receive instructions and ensure the service provided is appropriate
  • Clarify appropriate management report structure
  • Learn how to use “Google Maps” to produce interactive plans/reports
Tree Risk - What is the likelihood of failure?

Tree Risk
- What is the likelihood of failure?

10 July 2017, Edinburgh

Instructed by Frank Rinn and David Evans

Members £160 +VAT | Non-members £200 +VAT

TThis indoor and outdoor seminar shines a spotlight on how you can boost your ability to make credible, consistent, and calibrated likelihood of failure decisions. Set in the context of the most recent developments in tree risk-benefit assessment, the morning presentations will outline the foundations on which the practical, hands-on, afternoon field sessions are built. A thought-provoking day will provide you with essential knowledge in biomechanics, the ifs and buts of likelihood of failure decision-making, and an unmissable opportunity to calibrate your likelihood of failure estimates with other arborists.

Assessment of Tree Forks – Scotland Branch

Assessment of Tree Forks returns for the final roadshow

29 August 2017, Edinburgh

Instructed by Dr Duncan Slater

Members £80 +VAT | Non-members £115 +VAT

For the final run, former Trees and Landscapes Officer and now Senior Lecturer in Arboriculture at Myerscough College, Dr Duncan Slater will reveal ground-breaking new findings which may change the way we assess junctions in trees and disprove the idea that tree forks are inherently weak and should be pruned out of trees.

As well as his own conclusions and discoveries, Dr Slater will present the analysis of the answers from 346 arborists and arboriculturists who responded to a questionnaire about how they manage bark-included junctions (representing over 6,500 years of arboricultural experience).

Delegates attending the Branch event will receive comprehensive instruction in everything from previous research, the anatomy of branch attachment, factors affecting junction to risk assessments of junctions. Along with this they will receive the Forks Course Notes publication and an entertaining day’s CPD.