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Learning about aphids on conifers, tree root morphology and object of desire – a ‘little pea’

Back from the FR Jones trade show. It was great to meet with arborists considering working in consultancy, and to hopefully sign up some new members.

Thanks to Russell Ball of ISA for co-ordinating and Bartletts for the loan of a lap top for a power point presentation. Russell and I both managed to type our presentations on Saturday morning, with steam rising from the keyboard.

Dr. Glynn Percival provided an informative presentation on tree health and I learnt about how aphids stay localised, and so will attack individual conifers rather than spread across the whole hedge (when one is available).

I have sat at Glynn’s feet on several occasions, and learn something new every time.

Andrew Cowan also spoke on his research regarding how tree root morphology develops with time to ensure continued support. He has an amazing insight.

Back home, and having finished one report to accompany a planning application, I have been busy surveying trees for a tree health assessment.

Just taken (loan) delivery of a ‘little pea’ to assess chlorophyll fluorescence among the population I have been surveying.

I’m planning to review it for CAS. And to persuade my finance director to let me buy one.  As I’m used to wearing several different hats, that should be an interesting conversation!

Also booked for CAS to have a stand at the AA conference at Warwick University.

Mark Chester is a practising tree consultant at Cedarwood Tree Care, director of the Consulting Arborist Society and a former Tree Officer. A graduate in Amenity Horticulture, he holds the AA Technician?s Certificate. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and Professional Member of the Arboricultural Association and the Institute of Horticulture. As a professional arborist, Mark prepares tree reports for clients from is Herefordshire consultancy.

  • Chris Thompson

    Hi Shaun

    Very long time no speak -I have just read your to Blogs & I am very envious!

    I was interested to note your comments on these countries Parks & Open Spaces & to learn about what you are up to these days- I Iook forward to reading your further accounts.

    I am still at Wicksteed (18 years!) & continue to work with Ian White & Mary Ann at Croydon regularly & also occasionally with Lambeth.

    Anyhow enjoy your travels!

    You never know your next job might be south of the river & therefore we might bump into each other!!

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