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    Visual Tree Assessment led by Jack Kenyon

    Arboriculturist Jack Kenyon will be leading a popular workshop on Saturday, 16 April 2016 at Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent.

    This popular workshop provides an excellent introduction to the art of the visual tree assessment (VTA) and is a great opportunity to improve existing VTA skills.

    The morning lecture will concentrate on:

    • The tree as a system and self-optimised structure
    • The principles of VTA
    • Decay fungi
    • Mechanical symptoms
    • Inspection equipment
    • Making recommendations

    The afternoon session will consist of a VTA tree walk led by Jack Kenyon through Mote Park, followed by a summing up back in the training room.

    The cost of the event is £50.00 incl. VAT per person.

    Lunch is not provided so delegates will need to bring a packed lunch. Refreshments (tea & coffee) will be provided during the day.

    All delegates will receive a set of bound VTA workshop notes as a guide to the themes covered on the day.

    Jack Kenyon began his career in arboriculture with the London Borough of Hounslow in 1971, attending Merrist Wood College as a student from 1975 – 76 and then joined the staff as an arboriculture technician in 1976.

    He quickly progressed to lecturer status, starting his first course The Ten Week Tree Surgery for Craftsmen that he managed to the end of the career.

    Jack built a good reputation through his course and went on to manage other courses including the Professional Diploma and Technicians Certificate, the ABC Level 4 Diploma and various bespoke practical and professional short courses.

    He led an active and pioneering role in arboriculture, including sitting on various industry committees such as the Arboricultural Association Education and Training Committee, Arboriculture Safety Council (ASC), developing industry best practice and safety guidance.

    In 1998, the Arboricultural Association awarded Jack, who holds the Royal Forestry Society’s National Diploma in Arboriculture, the Annual Award for contributions to the arboriculture industry.

    One of his main achievements was the development of the prussic loop climbing method, which has been the standard climbing system for the past 30 years, and he developed a climbing aid known as the Prussik Lift or Kenyon Ascender.

    He is internationally known and was involved in the International Society of Arboriculture, chaired a working group under the Executive of the ISA UKI Chapter and set up the Certified Arborist Programme in the UK.

    Jack also gained a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Post Compulsory Education and Training.

    What: Visual Tree Assessment for Arborists

    When: Saturday, 16 April 2016

    Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm

    Where: Mote Park, Mote Avenue, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 7RN

    Cost: £50.00 incl. VAT per person

    Lunch is not provided so please bring a packed lunch.

    Please bring suitable clothing for the time of year.

    To book your place, please click here

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