A View from the Treehouse

It is interesting how work can come in waves.  For me, the first three months were very busy, as I worked on several larger projects.  Speaking to other consultants, it seems my experience is not unique.

I am presently at Capel Manor for the Celebration of Trees event.  In particular, we will be looking at the 2012 Regulations for Tree Preservation Orders and Keith Sacre updates on BS8545 Trees to Independence in the Landscape.  And then there is the AGM, at which we will be considering the society’s constitution, and a redefined role for me.

Yesterday, I attended the second in the series of free seminars being hosted by Gristwood & Toms and the ISA (UK/I Chapter).  There was a most informative presentation on the UK i-Tree Eco pilot project that was run by Treeconomics.  It will be fascinating to see the impact of this work in other urban areas as more surveys are undertaken.  Work at Luton is being processed at present, and I am looking forward to reading the Torbay report when I get home.  Methinks there is editorial material for TreeLine and the CAS magazine…..

I am looking forward to an exciting future with CAS, especially as we look to develop further Areas of Professionally Competence.  Next month, we run the first ‘Managing Special Trees’ seminar at Arley Arboretum, led by Rhod Taylor.  Given his wealth of knowledge and experience, this should be most informative.

Meanwhile, with the spring edition of TreeLine being sent out to members, it is time to work on the summer edition.

Bye for now

Mark Chester

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.