The 2012 ARB show was heralded as a huge success when it was held at its showground on the Bathurst Estate in Circenster in June 2012.
With something for everyone – from the absolute novice to the most experienced practitioner – show visitors were able to get advice on anything from climbing and work techniques to the latest products and climbing kit. In total, more than 65 trade stands were in attendance at this year’s event.
Practical demonstration sessions included the single rope technique, the Rope Wrench and Unicender, back-to-basics tree felling techniques, work positioning for pole dismantling and multi-anchor climbing. In addition, sessions also focused on tree work to veteran trees, specialised assisted felling and rescue from the periphery of tree canopies.
The extremely popular 3ATC (Arboricultural Association Arborist’s Tree Challenge) – sponsored by arbjobs.com – was also run across the event. The challenge included categories for novices, experts and premier climbers.
Stumpdrillers were also on hand at the event to demonstrate how ROTOP removes stumps efficiently, whilst Workware introduced the Faxko tripod latter system, Arborplan Insurance launched commercial vehicle insurance and Rock Croft launched their new mesh-specs ‘BX’ mesh safety glasses.
Another major event in the arboricultural world was the association’s 46th National Amenity ARB Conference. The conference is the largest and most established annual conference dedicated to arboriculture, and the event is the focal gathering of amenity arboriculture managers in the UK, consultants, local government managers, contractors and educators.
As the largest and most established annual conference dedicated to arboriculture, this event was the focal gathering of amenity arboriculture managers, consultants, local government managers, contractors and educators in the UK.
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, 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 opinions on tree health, safety, preservation, trees and buildings, planning and other law. 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: www.trees.org.uk.