The new venue offered a variety of superb trees to host the practical demonstrations and popular 3ATC tree climbing competition which so many visitors enjoy.
Run be the Arboricultural Association, the show’s fresh, inspiring and varied demonstration programme offered something for everyone from the absolute novice to the most experienced practitioner. And show visitors were also able to get advice on anything from climbing and work techniques to the latest products and climbing kit from over 70 trade stands.
The arbjobs.com sponsored 3ATC (Arboricultural Association Arborist Tree Challenge) – another popular attraction which ran this year. Open to all levels of competitor the 3ATC was divided three categories of competition from novice, through to expert and premier climber.
This year’s practical demonstration sessions included the safe configuration of rigging equipment, dismantling techniques, and work positioning on and aerial rescue from poles
The workshop sessions included the design of arborists’ hardware, competent hand splicing, the ARB Approved Contractor scheme and exploring Borneo’s rainforest canopy. Also of interest was the launch of the new Stihl MS201 T chainsaw and the Tree Climbers’ forum.
Another major event in the arboricultural world is the association’s 45th National Amenity ARB Conference 2011is being held on Sunday 18th to Tuesday 20th September 2011 at the University of Warwick.
The largest and most established annual conference dedicated to arboriculture, this event is the focal gathering of amenity arboriculture managers in the UK, consultants, local government managers, contractors and educators.
With new regulations and standards directly relevant to arboriculture appearing more frequently, Arboricultural Association Conferences provide vital information to help those attending keep ahead, including formal lectures and seminars, plus networking and a great social environment.
About the Arboricultural Association
Since 1964, the Arboricultural Association has been the national body in the UK and Ireland for the amenity tree care professional in either civic or commercial employment at craft, technical, supervisory, managerial or consultancy level.
There are currently 2,000 members of the Arboricultural Association in a variety of membership classes. The objectives of the Arboricultural Association are to: advance the study of arboriculture; raise the standards of its practice; foster interest in trees through publications, exhibitions and the stimulation of research or experiment; assist in the training of students in disciplines where arboriculture is a major subject and to co-operate with other bodies having similar aims.
People able to care for trees are generally either consultants (tree advisors or arboriculturists) or contractors (tree surgeons or arborists).
Consultants provide specialist opinion on tree health, safety, preservation, trees and buildings, planning and other law. Consultants use their training and experience to form opinions about arboricultural issues. Subjects on which arboricultural consultants will commonly advise include:
* Assessing trees for hazard and where appropriate specifying remedial work
* Investigating cases where trees are alleged to be involved in structural damage to buildings
* Providing advice in relation to tree preservation law and where necessary, expert evidence to the planning inspectorate
* Providing advice in relation to trees and development and when necessary, expert evidence to the planning inspectorate
* Formulating tree and woodland management plans
* Investigating accidents caused by tree failure
Services typically required of an arboricultural contractor are:
* Tree maintenance (pruning, bracing or fertilising operations) to a relevant British Standard
* Tree felling including dismantling of dangerous trees or trees in confined spaces.
* Pest and disease identification and control.
* Advice on the above.
For further details, see the Arboricultural Association’s web site: http://www.trees.org.uk