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  1. Two-day event De Vere Tortworth Court, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire 24 & 25 January 2022 Trees are an essential part of the environment, providing a wide range of ecosystem services. Trees also provide food and shelter for wildlife. Cavities, splits and hollows, which were historically described as ‘defects’, are now known to provide habitat for numerous wildlife species. Among the wildlife species which use trees for shelter are bats, with 14 of the 17 UK bat species known to roost in trees. Book Your Place Book Your Stand Despite the high level of legal protection, recent research has highlighted the difficulties of effectively surveying trees for bats. Bats frequently move roosts making it difficult to know if a tree is used by bats. As bat roosts are protected whether bats are present or not, this has serious implications for tree management. There is a growing number of ecologists who climb trees to look for bats and also a growing number of arborists developing an increase in ecology. Whilst some cross-discipline working is taking place, there is scope for much more. By running a two-day event on the topic of Bats and Trees we hope to encourage more ecologists and arborists to work together, sharing knowledge and experience. Bats and Trees has two main aims: Improving the quality of surveys undertaken, which in turn will improve the conservation of tree-roosting bat species; and Improving the safety of those involved with trees surveys for bats. The two-day event will comprise a mix of presentations and workshops from experts from both ecology and arboriculture, themes will include: Bat ecology and roosting behaviour Advances in survey techniques Practicalities of surveying trees for bats Compliance with legislation and industry best practice ‌ Early Bird Booking Closes 17 January 2022 EARLY BIRD TICKET PRICES 1 day ticket: £120 (Members) | £140 (Non-members) 2-day ticket: £240 (Members) | £280 (Non-members) Bats and Trees - Programme Important: This programme is subject to change. Day 1 Monday 24th January 2022 Time Topic Speaker 9:00 Arrival and registration - 9:30 Welcome & introduction Jim Mullholland (Arboricultural Association) Morning sessions – Bat ecology and roosting behaviour 9:50 TBC 10:30 Never underestimate a Potential Roost Feature Morgan Hughes (University of Wolverhampton) and Scott Brown (Coppice Ecology) 11:00 Refreshment break 11:30 New approaches to surveying trees for bats Jim Mullholland (Arboricultural Association) 12:00 Can we create bat roosts in living trees? Sean Shereston (Arbology) 12:30 Morning speaker Q&A ‌ 1:00 Lunch Afternoon sessions – Practicalities and legalities of surveying trees for bats 2:00 Welcome John Parker (Arboricultural Association) 2:10 Work at Height Regulations – the regulator’s perspective Chris Maher (Health and Safety Executive) 2:40 Two rope working and new technical guides in arboriculture; climbing and aerial rescue (TG1) Navin Sehmi (Down to Earth Trees) 3:10 Refreshment break 3:40 TBC ‌ 4:00 Discussion forum – how can ecologists and arboriculturists work together to improve tree surveys for bats? ‌ 4:20 Afternoon speaker Q&A ‌ 4:45 Close Day 2 Tuesday 25th January 2022 Session Workshop A Tree Climbers Forum (outside, hotel grounds) – TBC B Using the body language of trees to inform tree assessments - Jim Mullholland (Arboricultural Association) C Bat roost creation in living trees (outside, Hawkers Grove) – Lee Gwyther (Grounded Trees) and Sean Shereston (Arbology) D Ash dieback and tree risk management - John Parker (Arboricultural Association) E Using the Bat Tree Habitat Key data to inform survey design and effort - Louis Pearson (BTHK project) Only one or two sessions (not four). Workshop rotation (sunrise 8am – sunset 4:43pm) Workshop times ‌ 8:30 – 10:00 1st workshop 10:00 – 10:30 Refreshment break 10:30 – 12:00 2nd workshop 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch 1:00 – 2:30 3rd workshop 2:30 – 3:00 Refreshment break 3:00 – 4:30 4th workshop Book Your Place Book Your Stand
  2. Two-day event De Vere Tortworth Court, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire 24 & 25 January 2022 Trees are an essential part of the environment, providing a wide range of ecosystem services. Trees also provide food and shelter for wildlife. Cavities, splits and hollows, which were historically described as ‘defects’, are now known to provide habitat for numerous wildlife species. Among the wildlife species which use trees for shelter are bats, with 14 of the 17 UK bat species known to roost in trees. Book Your Place Book Your Stand Despite the high level of legal protection, recent research has highlighted the difficulties of effectively surveying trees for bats. Bats frequently move roosts making it difficult to know if a tree is used by bats. As bat roosts are protected whether bats are present or not, this has serious implications for tree management. There is a growing number of ecologists who climb trees to look for bats and also a growing number of arborists developing an increase in ecology. Whilst some cross-discipline working is taking place, there is scope for much more. By running a two-day event on the topic of Bats and Trees we hope to encourage more ecologists and arborists to work together, sharing knowledge and experience. Bats and Trees has two main aims: Improving the quality of surveys undertaken, which in turn will improve the conservation of tree-roosting bat species; and Improving the safety of those involved with trees surveys for bats. The two-day event will comprise a mix of presentations and workshops from experts from both ecology and arboriculture, themes will include: Bat ecology and roosting behaviour Advances in survey techniques Practicalities of surveying trees for bats Compliance with legislation and industry best practice ‌ Early Bird Booking Closes 17 January 2022 EARLY BIRD TICKET PRICES 1 day ticket: £120 (Members) | £140 (Non-members) 2-day ticket: £240 (Members) | £280 (Non-members) Bats and Trees - Programme Important: This programme is subject to change. Day 1 Monday 24th January 2022 Time Topic Speaker 9:00 Arrival and registration - 9:30 Welcome & introduction Jim Mullholland (Arboricultural Association) Morning sessions – Bat ecology and roosting behaviour 9:50 TBC 10:30 Never underestimate a Potential Roost Feature Morgan Hughes (University of Wolverhampton) and Scott Brown (Coppice Ecology) 11:00 Refreshment break 11:30 New approaches to surveying trees for bats Jim Mullholland (Arboricultural Association) 12:00 Can we create bat roosts in living trees? Sean Shereston (Arbology) 12:30 Morning speaker Q&A ‌ 1:00 Lunch Afternoon sessions – Practicalities and legalities of surveying trees for bats 2:00 Welcome John Parker (Arboricultural Association) 2:10 Work at Height Regulations – the regulator’s perspective Chris Maher (Health and Safety Executive) 2:40 Two rope working and new technical guides in arboriculture; climbing and aerial rescue (TG1) Navin Sehmi (Down to Earth Trees) 3:10 Refreshment break 3:40 TBC ‌ 4:00 Discussion forum – how can ecologists and arboriculturists work together to improve tree surveys for bats? ‌ 4:20 Afternoon speaker Q&A ‌ 4:45 Close Day 2 Tuesday 25th January 2022 Session Workshop A Tree Climbers Forum (outside, hotel grounds) – TBC B Using the body language of trees to inform tree assessments - Jim Mullholland (Arboricultural Association) C Bat roost creation in living trees (outside, Hawkers Grove) – Lee Gwyther (Grounded Trees) and Sean Shereston (Arbology) D Ash dieback and tree risk management - John Parker (Arboricultural Association) E Using the Bat Tree Habitat Key data to inform survey design and effort - Louis Pearson (BTHK project) Only one or two sessions (not four). Workshop rotation (sunrise 8am – sunset 4:43pm) Workshop times ‌ 8:30 – 10:00 1st workshop 10:00 – 10:30 Refreshment break 10:30 – 12:00 2nd workshop 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch 1:00 – 2:30 3rd workshop 2:30 – 3:00 Refreshment break 3:00 – 4:30 4th workshop Book Your Place Book Your Stand
  3. ARB Show at APF 2022 Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th September 2022 The Arboricultural Association is pleased to announce that after two years away, ARB Show will be returning in 2022 in an exciting new venue and format. This year, for the first time ever, we are proud to present ARB Show at APF 2022 taking place 22-24 September 2022 at the Ragley Estate in Warwickshire. The two largest arboricultural shows in the UK are teaming up to deliver an incredible event, with more than 20,000 people expected to attend over three days. Many favourite features of ARB Show will be included in the Arb Worker Zone and Tree Climbing Competition areas, and the ARB Show at APF area will populated with some of the most popular arboricultural industry exhibitors. Bringing the ARB Show to APF 2022 delivers an expanded offering for arborists at the show and helps the event reach beyond its traditional forestry base. The Arb Worker Zone will be a key interactive attraction, giving arborists the chance to receive impartial advice about climbing kit and techniques and have a go with practical demonstrations alongside a timetable of events each day. The Arborists’ Workshop is one of the top ARB Show attractions with a carefully curated timetable of industry experts sharing knowledge on a range of subjects throughout each day. The UK Open Tree Climbing Competition will take place over in the demonstration zone in specially selected trees on site. The competition features three different skill levels making it more accessible to all climbers, from novices to experts. Association CEO John Parker said: “This is fantastic news for arborists. ARB Show has been a highlight of the event calendar for more than twenty years, and after two years of virtual events we are delighted to be able to announce this collaboration with APF 2022, bringing the show to a greater audience than ever before. Attendees and exhibitors will benefit from this change and we feel certain that the whole arboricultural profession will be out in force to celebrate the return of ARB Show in 2022.” APF Exhibition Secretary Ian Millward echoed those sentiments. “We’re thrilled to announce this new partnership; we’re excited to have the AA on board and are committed to making this a fantastic industry event. The Arboricultural Association is one of the leading organisations in the Arb world, so we are pleased to have this opportunity to build a stronger partnership and see it as part of the natural evolution of the APF Exhibition.” For anyone working in arboriculture ARB Show at APF 2022 is going to be an unmissable event. You can book your place as an exhibitor or visitor right now at www.apfexhibition.co.uk
  4. Scotland Branch presents Twin Line Working Workshop The Arboricultural Association Scotland Branch presents: Twin Line Working Workshop Polkemmet Country Park, Whitburn, Bathgate EH47 0AD. 23rd of October 2021 Demonstrators: Alan McDowell, Matt Cooper This workshop will be looking at the questions which arise from the requirement for twin line working, as driven by the work at height regulations and enforced by the HSE. We will be looking at how twin-line accessing and working can be applied in a practical way. The day will look at three areas, MRT (Moving rope technique), SRT (Single rope technique) and working on a pole. The MRT station will looking at access, change overs and moving around the canopy and work positioning. The SRT station looking at access, change overs and moving around the canopy and work positioning. The Pole station will be looking at moving up a pole and change-overs. The event will run from 10am to 3pm and includes tea/coffee on arrival and a light lunch. Cost £10 per head for AA members and £15 per head for non-members. Book Here
  5. Scotland Branch presents Twin Line Working Workshop The Arboricultural Association Scotland Branch presents: Twin Line Working Workshop Polkemmet Country Park, Whitburn, Bathgate EH47 0AD. 23rd of October 2021 Demonstrators: Alan McDowell, Matt Cooper This workshop will be looking at the questions which arise from the requirement for twin line working, as driven by the work at height regulations and enforced by the HSE. We will be looking at how twin-line accessing and working can be applied in a practical way. The day will look at three areas, MRT (Moving rope technique), SRT (Single rope technique) and working on a pole. The MRT station will looking at access, change overs and moving around the canopy and work positioning. The SRT station looking at access, change overs and moving around the canopy and work positioning. The Pole station will be looking at moving up a pole and change-overs. The event will run from 10am to 3pm and includes tea/coffee on arrival and a light lunch. Cost £10 per head for AA members and £15 per head for non-members. Book Here
  6. Technical Guide 3 – Rigging and Dismantling: Industry Consultation launched We want your feedback Closing date: 14th October 2021 Consultation Survey View TG3 Draft The Association is launching an Industry Consultation on Technical Guide 3: Rigging and Dismantling, which will run for four weeks. This is the final guide in the suite of five technical guides, following the publication of TG1, TG2, TG4, and TG5 last year. The development of TG3 has involved many individuals in the industry and draws on the HSE-Commissioned ‘Rigging Research’ to provide an accessible, practical and technically informative guide to the planning and implementation of rigging techniques in tree work. The guide is very well illustrated with many drawings, photos, graphs and diagrams, to help managers, supervisors and arborists carry out safe and effective rigging and dismantling, working within calculated safe working parameters and peak load limits. Please download links to the consultation draft and a simple ‘survey monkey’ questionnaire to provide your feedback. Please note all survey responses must be received by 14th October 2021. Consultation Survey View TG3 Draft
  7. Technical Guide 3 – Rigging and Dismantling: Industry Consultation launched We want your feedback Closing date: 14th October 2021 Consultation Survey View TG3 Draft The Association is launching an Industry Consultation on Technical Guide 3: Rigging and Dismantling, which will run for four weeks. This is the final guide in the suite of five technical guides, following the publication of TG1, TG2, TG4, and TG5 last year. The development of TG3 has involved many individuals in the industry and draws on the HSE-Commissioned ‘Rigging Research’ to provide an accessible, practical and technically informative guide to the planning and implementation of rigging techniques in tree work. The guide is very well illustrated with many drawings, photos, graphs and diagrams, to help managers, supervisors and arborists carry out safe and effective rigging and dismantling, working within calculated safe working parameters and peak load limits. Please download links to the consultation draft and a simple ‘survey monkey’ questionnaire to provide your feedback. Please note all survey responses must be received by 14th October 2021. Consultation Survey View TG3 Draft
  8. Technical Guide 3 – Rigging and Dismantling: Industry Consultation launched We want your feedback Closing date: 14th October 2021 Consultation Survey View TG3 Draft The Association is launching an Industry Consultation on Technical Guide 3: Rigging and Dismantling, which will run for four weeks. This is the final guide in the suite of five technical guides, following the publication of TG1, TG2, TG4, and TG5 last year. The development of TG3 has involved many individuals in the industry and draws on the HSE-Commissioned ‘Rigging Research’ to provide an accessible, practical and technically informative guide to the planning and implementation of rigging techniques in tree work. The guide is very well illustrated with many drawings, photos, graphs and diagrams, to help managers, supervisors and arborists carry out safe and effective rigging and dismantling, working within calculated safe working parameters and peak load limits. Please download links to the consultation draft and a simple ‘survey monkey’ questionnaire to provide your feedback. Please note all survey responses must be received by 14th October 2021. Consultation Survey View TG3 Draft
  9. Trees & Society: Online Last Chance to Book Monday 6 – Tuesday 7 September Watch Live or On-Demand The must-see event for anyone who works with, or is interested in, amenity trees. The theme of Conference 2021 is Trees and Society, and seeks to explore this relationship in more depth through four sessions over two days. Expert speakers from around the globe will shed light on the role trees can play in our future. From social benefits, innovation & infrastructure, to our health and wellbeing. Presenting ground-breaking sessions amounting to over 16 hours of unmissable CPD. Speakers > ‌ Programme and Bookings > ‌ Book > The UK’s biggest arboriculture conference is moving online for this year only. Our speaker sessions for the conference will be presented under 4 different themes: Technology, innovation and infrastructure The social benefits and perceptions of trees Trees, health and wellbeing Trees, people, community and culture Conference Session Spotlights You can get ready for the conference with in depth previews of each speaker. Session Previews >
  10. Trees & Society: Online Last Chance to Book Monday 6 – Tuesday 7 September Watch Live or On-Demand The must-see event for anyone who works with, or is interested in, amenity trees. The theme of Conference 2021 is Trees and Society, and seeks to explore this relationship in more depth through four sessions over two days. Expert speakers from around the globe will shed light on the role trees can play in our future. From social benefits, innovation & infrastructure, to our health and wellbeing. Presenting ground-breaking sessions amounting to over 16 hours of unmissable CPD. Speakers > ‌ Programme and Bookings > ‌ Book > The UK’s biggest arboriculture conference is moving online for this year only. Our speaker sessions for the conference will be presented under 4 different themes: Technology, innovation and infrastructure The social benefits and perceptions of trees Trees, health and wellbeing Trees, people, community and culture Conference Session Spotlights You can get ready for the conference with in depth previews of each speaker. Session Previews > Speakers > ‌ Programme and Bookings > ‌
  11. Book Now View Speakers Conference Programme Expert speakers from around the globe shed light on the role trees can play in our future. From social benefits, innovation & infrastructure, to our health and wellbeing. Presenting ground-breaking sessions on the social benefits and perceptions of trees. You can book your place now for this 2-day extravaganza of remarkable speakers from around the world, along with some exciting new features for an event that delivers the perfect mixture of education, networking and knowledge sharing. This special online pricing and access is in place for this year only, so make sure you don’t miss out. We are also looking at organising smaller regional face-to-face events linked to the conference, details will be available soon. Public awareness of trees and their benefits is increasing with each day, and they are now higher on the political agenda than ever before. ‘Trees & Society’ comes at an important time in the history of our industry and represents a fantastic opportunity to define the critical role of arboriculture in managing and shaping the future treescape. https://www.trees.org.uk/Amenity-Conference Tickets Now Available AA members: £150 Non-members: £195 Includes Access to recordings 13 International Speakers New Online Platform Trees & Society Conference themes Our speaker sessions for the conference will be presented under 4 different themes: Technology, innovation and infrastructure The social benefits and perceptions of trees Trees, health and wellbeing Trees, people, community and culture
  12. Book Now View Speakers Conference Programme Expert speakers from around the globe shed light on the role trees can play in our future. From social benefits, innovation & infrastructure, to our health and wellbeing. Presenting ground-breaking sessions on the social benefits and perceptions of trees. You can book your place now for this 2-day extravaganza of remarkable speakers from around the world, along with some exciting new features for an event that delivers the perfect mixture of education, networking and knowledge sharing. This special online pricing and access is in place for this year only, so make sure you don’t miss out. We are also looking at organising smaller regional face-to-face events linked to the conference, details will be available soon. Public awareness of trees and their benefits is increasing with each day, and they are now higher on the political agenda than ever before. ‘Trees & Society’ comes at an important time in the history of our industry and represents a fantastic opportunity to define the critical role of arboriculture in managing and shaping the future treescape. https://www.trees.org.uk/Amenity-Conference Tickets Now Available AA members: £150 Non-members: £195 Includes Access to recordings 13 International Speakers New Online Platform Trees & Society Conference themes Our speaker sessions for the conference will be presented under 4 different themes: Technology, innovation and infrastructure The social benefits and perceptions of trees Trees, health and wellbeing Trees, people, community and culture
  13. Why hedge trees and hedgerows matter With The Tree Council Live at 6pm on Sunday Register Here Presented by Jon Stokes, Director of Trees, Science & Research at The Tree Council. Hedgerows are an undervalued resource that are in danger of being lost from our towns and cities. They are important for biodiversity and provide a range of benefits to people. Today, we need them as wildlife corridors and because of the large numbers of animals from song birds to pollinating insects that they support.
  14. Why hedge trees and hedgerows matter With The Tree Council Live at 6pm on Sunday Register Here Presented by Jon Stokes, Director of Trees, Science & Research at The Tree Council. Hedgerows are an undervalued resource that are in danger of being lost from our towns and cities. They are important for biodiversity and provide a range of benefits to people. Today, we need them as wildlife corridors and because of the large numbers of animals from song birds to pollinating insects that they support.
  15. Why hedge trees and hedgerows matter With The Tree Council Live at 6pm on Sunday Register Here Presented by Jon Stokes, Director of Trees, Science & Research at The Tree Council. Hedgerows are an undervalued resource that are in danger of being lost from our towns and cities. They are important for biodiversity and provide a range of benefits to people. Today, we need them as wildlife corridors and because of the large numbers of animals from song birds to pollinating insects that they support.

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