Quantified Tree Risk Assessment are hosting this tried and tested Tree Anatomy workshop that has been delivered by Mark Hartley and his colleagues for several years in both Australia and the United States. The workshop follows a format that was developed by Dr Alex Shigo in the 1980s and which brought an improved understanding of the inner workings of the tree to arboricultural practitioners. Using microscopy, we will take a three-dimensional look at the arrangement of tree cells and tissues and discuss the implications of our observations in terms of tree health and structure, which can inform the ways that we manage trees and their environments. In March 2018, we ran this workshop in Sydney, New South Wales and after tax we were able to donate all profits of over $6000 to Arboriculture Australia, which was unanimously nominated by the workshop delegates. All profits from the Cardiff workshop will be donated to the important research into wood decay by Professor Lynne Boddy and her team at Cardiff School of Biosciences. Professor Boddy, who has been advancing our understanding of fungi in trees for more than 30 years, will be delivering a bonus lecture on the topic of fungal colonization of standing trees. The delegate rate is £650 +vat. Download the workshop flyer at https://tinyurl.com/y3nzo6w7. Or make a booking at https://tinyurl.com/y3w3ukyo.
Tree safety management is a matter of limiting the risk of harm from tree failure while maintaining the benefits conferred by trees. The Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) system moves the management of tree safety away from labelling trees as either ‘safe’ or ‘unsafe’ and thereby away from requiring definitive judgements from either tree assessors or tree managers. Instead, QTRA quantifies the risk of significant harm from tree failure in a way that enables tree managers to balance safety with tree values and operate to predetermined limits of tolerable or acceptable risk. We have received some excellent feedback from workshops carried out throughout the UK as well as Australia and New Zealand over the course of the year. Visit Training to use QTRA for booking and further information on QTRA and Visual Tree Assessment workshops.