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A View From The Treehouse

This has been a slightly unusual week for me.  There have been seminars hosted by Professor Claus Mattheck and also by James Urban with his Up By Roots presentation, an event being co-ordinated with the ISA.  Yet I haven’t attended either.  It has been a case of unfortunate timing, as a prosecution I have assisted with came to court this week.  I was due to give evidence on Monday in a week-long trial, and needed to prioritise this.

In the end, the date and venue changed, and I found myself available as a witness at 9.30 on Wednesday morning.  A change of plea resulted in no trial being needed, but too late for me to attend either seminar.  A little frustrating, as I was in court last week, for a case that was adjourned.  One of these days, I will get in to the witness box!  However, I did get to see the Olympic flame passing through the village of Bartestree in Herefordshire on Thursday.

The arboricultural calendar is beginning to get busy.  At the Consulting Arborist Society, we hosted the first Managing Special Trees seminar, led by the very experienced Rhod Taylor, at Arley Arboretum.  It was well received, and we plan to run it again.  We are getting ready for The ARB Show in Cirencester (find us at T19) and Barcham Trees’ Third Big Barn event on 20th June.

As editor of both the Consulting Arborist on-line magazine and the ISA’s TreeLine, I can see I shall be busy writing reviews for both events.

The structure at CAS is progressing.  I am now the Director, and Bob Widd is the Chairman.  This arrangement allows him to pursue the more typical ambassadorial role f Chairman, and I can focus on leading the society and developing strategy for it.  It feels as though we are progressing.

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.

  • Wojciech Wroblewski

    Ophiogon Black Beard is hardy enough for polish climate! We had -28C for few nights this year. I checked my plants today and they are doing very good.
    Whole winter they were outside, only very light cover, in 2 liter pots…

  • Thom

    To Propagate from leaves, one must detach the leaf carefully. The detached leaf must retain the part that attaches to the stem. This is the portion of the leaf tissue that will produce roots and eventually the new plant. If this part is not removed along with the leaf, no rooting will happen. Experience has shown that a “sideways” motion when removing the leaf is superior to a “downward” motion. Looking at the detached leaf end it should have only a small pinhead sized point where the tissue has broken.

    Best of luck.