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David Lonsdade and Jeremy Barrell - Edinburgh July 1st

Paul Barton

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The Consulting Arborist Society is hosting an event at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh on Tuesday July 1st.


They will be giving presentations on the whole can of worms that is managing the risks posed by trees. This has been a hot topic on Arbtalk and the UKTC recently as the merits of different approaches to tree risk assessment have been debated.


David and Jeremy have lots of experience in this area, both having acted as expert witnesses in high profile court cases involving fatalities caused by trees.


There will be plenty of time allowed for questions to be put to the speakers, so bring along your burning issues to open up some good discussion :thumbup:



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Here's a running order for the day - it promises to be an interesting event.


The Programme

0830-0925 Registration and coffee/tea

0925-0930 Welcome (Mark Chester, Executive Director, The Consulting Arborist Society)

The event will be chaired by Adam Riedi, past Chair of the AA Scottish Branch

0930-1015 Jeremy Barrell ‘Decision making for tree managers – how to get it right and sleep tight on windy nights’

1015-1045 Jeremy Barrell will answer questions on his presentation, and any other issues to raise.

1045-1115 Coffee break

1115-1230 Dr. David Lonsdale will share his thoughts, followed by questions and discussions

1230-1330 Lunch break.

1330-1415 Jeremy Barrell ‘Will we ever be able to define how much tree management is enough to meet the duty of care?

Followed by questions and discussion

1415-1515 Dr. David Lonsdale will share his thoughts, followed by questions and discussions

1515-1530 Comfort break. Bottled water will be available to delegates during this time.

1530-1620 Open forum. Questions raised by delegates will be discussed, with comments from the speakers and audience discussion.

1620-1630 Closing thoughts: Mark Chester, Executive Director, The Consulting Arborist Society



A key focus of this seminar is discussion based around questions delegates may have. To enable informed discussion, we ask that questions are sent in advance. Send to [email protected]

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That would certainly spice things up wouldn't it! I gather Mr B was quite scathing of Kew's approach to tree risk management. Just doing his job I guess.


and his job being...........to stir things up perhaps :biggrin:


Will be interesting to see what the context of the reported comment was really about.



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