I’m taking the Bond Solon Expert Witness course.
One of the ‘perks’ of running CAS is that there is such a range of training options to trial for the benefit of members.
Today was the ‘Cross-Examination’ day. We were subject to a grilling, sorry, detailed questioning on our chosen report. The instructor gently guided each of us in to the minefield of not sticking to the topic and beginning to speculate. I think that we managed to avoid the traps, although the experience was pretty full-on.
I’m not sure if the others in the group were trying to tell me something; we started with 9 people signed up for the course and, due to various commitments, only 3 were still with me today. Still, we watched each other’s backs and came through fairly unharmed. I think.
Last week saw the launch of the new Consulting Arborist magazine. I’ve been producing a quarterly newsletter for members and interested observers. However, this new approach, on-line and bi-monthly, will allow space for more features and we will be developing an archive of material. Bartlett’s will be helping with info on tree problems, and Barcham’s will provide an indepth look at tree species and their application. And I’ll be working hard to keep the flow of articles going.
I started with 5 tips to improve report writing skills, hoping that Dr. Jon Heuch didn’t look too closely, as I was using notes from his seminar. I know that my skills have improved from his input and we plan to run a series on how to write a good BS5837 report.
Meanwhile, once I’ve gained access to Bluetooth and been able to download the first batch of data from the fluorometer and evaluate the condition of my first 200 trees.
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.