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    • June

      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…

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    • May

      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…

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    • April

      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…

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    • March

      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.”…

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    • February

      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…

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    • January

      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…

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    • Dieback

      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…

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    • Barcham

      “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 (www.terranostra.nu), which he terms a knowledge centre for trees and soil in the urban environment. He began his career as an arborist in…

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    • Leamington

      Charlecote Park’s historic tree-lined avenue to return in Leamington

      An historic tree-lined avenue is set to be restored at Charlecote Park. The National Trust, which cares for the 16th century country house and surrounding park, plans to carry out the project over the next five years. When completed it will re-create the approach to the house which visitors used…

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    • chainsaw

      A woodland owners guide to chainsaw safety

      By Paul George Chainsaws are vital tools in the forestry and landscaping industries. Arborists, gardeners, tree surgeons and even conservationists use them for felling trees, clearing undergrowth and brush, cutting firewood and countless other purposes. Woodland owners and forestry workers would be lost without them, but chainsaws can be dangerous…

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    • Paul

      Health and safety practices for aerial workers

      By Paul George A tree surgeon’s work inevitably involves working at height and, inevitably, this type of work presents some serious and unavoidable hazards. Data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows that around 16% of accidents related to tree work involve a fall from height, whilst 6% of…

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    • importance

      The importance of ethical tree care and the environment

      By Paul George, Landmark Trading Trees are a vital part of the global ecosystem, providing us with many of the things we need to live. As arborists, acting ethically when we undertake any job is of the utmost importance. Although tree preservation and practicing as an arborist are two things…

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    • fungus

      Fungus threatens Britain’s plane trees

      The threat posed to Britain’s plane trees by plane tree wilt (Ceratocystis fimbriata f. platini), an ascomycete fungus which originated in the eastern United States, is growing as it works its way northwards through France at a faster range than previously. Keith Sacre of Barcham Trees recently attended a two-day workshop…

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    • interview

      An Interview with Lee Marshall, Torbay Council

      Pro Arb were recently given the opportunity to interview Lee Marshall, who left a career in engineering to work for a decade as a tree officer for Torbay Council- and is still going strong. Lee chats to Pro Arb about how he came to live and breathe the trees of…

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    • Timberwolf

      Timberwolf at 30

      UK Chipper manufacturer Timberwolf celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. Joe Wilkinson recently caught up with Richard Marshall, an original family member to discuss the past, present and future of the company. ‘Timberwolf started off as a family business,’ Richard explains.  ‘My father is the founder and he invented our…

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