December 15, 2018

12 Days of Christmas – August 2017


Rob McBride’s opinion page is a charming read for the August issue. Rob settles down amongst the poplars in Weaste cemetery in Salford for what he calls, a bit of “happy tree news”.  (Page 14) We had a great contribution from Landmark Trading’s Paul George all about aerial work. Paul discusses the legislation and regulation, risk control, safety gear, ground crew and chainsaw work at height. (Page 16) The ‘rebirth of the elm’ is discussed with James Hillier, account manager at hillier trees, with some interesting points on the recently developed species of elm, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’. (Page 20) A…

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12 Days of Christmas – July 2017


In our big interview for July we spoke to founder and managing director of Hallwood Associates about going it alone after a career in logical government. (Page 13) Jonathan Hazell’s business tips for this month were based around the question: “Why use a consultant?” Jonathan discussed the where, when and why of consulting based around capacity, cost and conflict. (Page 16) In ‘Take a Punt’ the Pro Arb team speaks to Matthew Magrath, arboricultural officer at Cambridge City Council to find out more about its aim to increase the city’s canopy cover by 2% by 2030. (Page 18) Ellen Carvey…

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12 Days of Christmas – June 2017


June kicked off with a report back from the frontline of the Arb Show 2017 in May. The show had a record number of exhibitors and visitors, which is obvious when you look through the images. (Page 8) Our interview with Callum Campbell, the senior arboricultural consultant at Southern Ecological Solutions run through what we refer to as his ‘nomadic career history’. (Page 13) In ‘Taking Flight’ we speak to Michael Sander of Arborflight about their innovative company that uses drone technology to survey large numbers of trees. (Page 20) GreenBlue Urban spoke to us about the role modern day…

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12 Days of Christmas – May 2017


The Pro Arb team were brave enough to ask people how they would be voting in the general election, and how they thought this could affect the industry, within the agenda question. It is worth a read for a diverse range of opinion. (Page 4) In ‘An Interview with Jonathan Astill’ we speak to the director of Astill Treecare about setting up his own business, working as a one-man band and changing people’s attitudes. (Page 15) Rob McBride, the Tree-hunter climbs inside a hollow tree to suggest some steps that individual members of the public can do to try and…

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12 Days of Christmas – April 2017


We spoke to Ashley Barnes, owner of Norfolk Trees for our bug interview in April. An interesting opinion from Ashley tackles the agenda question from the March issue, the career path of arborists. Ashley says that he doesn’t think there is anything that can be done about making it more appealing: “The problem with this industry is that it is very short-lived – we should be paid like footballers, really.” (Page 13) The Pro Arb team headed over to Worcester City to speak to the local council about how they’re planting trees to cut the city’s pollution problem. (Page 19)…

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12 Days of Christmas – March 2017


The agenda question for March approached the subject of promoting arboriculture as a genuine career path, but expanded on the subject in a though-provoking detail. James Peake, head of arboriculture at VPS Grounds suggested that: “arb is seen as more of a stop gap for people who then move on.” This subject is developed with some interesting opinions. (Page 4) Jonathan Cocking told us why becoming a registered consultant is an accolade that can make a difference, and why he advises anyone looking for opinions on trees to go to arboriculturists. (Page 11) The March issue featured Steward Wardrop, the…

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12 Days of Christmas – February 2017


Our interview with Duncan Armstrong from Aspen Tree Care discussed his journey into the industry, why he strives to involve communities in tree work and the draw of conservational work. (Page 13) Emma Schaffert and Jon Banks from Bartlett Tree Experts gave some expert advice on dealing with black root rot; defining the symptoms and the general management of the fungal root rot pathogen, which affects many plant species. (Page 16) The team took a trip to London Borough of Tower Hamlets in February to have a chat with Ed Buckton, the senior arboricultural officer at Tower Hamlets Council. Ed…

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12 Days of Christmas – January 2017


We spoke to Maggie Wrights, the Principal Tree Officer at London Borough of Sutton about the challenges that come from over-development and how the public can influence the future of their trees. (Page 9) Following on from themes generated through discussion at the 2016 FutureArb seminar, Jonathan Hazell wrote about how arborists can stay relevant. Jonathan is as methodical in his approach as ever, explaining the execution of his suggestions in the most helpful way imaginable. (Page 13) Our feature ‘Inside Southampton City Council’ tackled an increasingly popular theme within local tree management: bringing tree surgery in house to cut…

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DAERA launches consultation for Ash Dieback


The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a consultation on its approach to Ash Dieback. Since it was first discovered here in 2012 on imported ash plants, the fungal disease has continued to spread despite efforts to contain and eradicate the outbreak. The Department’s Forest Service has been monitoring the presence of the disease since the initial discovery. It is now finding the disease at widely dispersed locations in Northern Ireland where it is present on native ash both in the hedgerows and in older trees. Diane Stevenson from DAERA Forest Service explained: “To date the aim…

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“Reasonable Management of Pests and Diseases, and Upcoming Threats to Urban Trees”


A Seminar led by Henry Kuppen at Barcham Trees, 22 November 2017 Report by Colin Hambidge Henry Kuppen is the director of the Dutch company Terra Nostra (, which he terms a knowledge centre for trees and soil in the urban environment. He began his career as an arborist in the 1980s, and has a particular interest in the oak processionary moth. Although this was first seminar at Barcham Trees’ Cambridgeshire nursery, his reputation had gone before him as the audience of tree officers, contractors, consultants and landscapers filled the lecture room. Barcham’s Keith Sacre had already met him, but…

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