Two CAS Milestones in a week.

Last month, at the end of a busy period which saw me exhibiting at the ARB Show at Westonbirt Arboretum then hosting Experts’ Question Time: 3 and attending Barcham’s Big Barn, concluded with Wyre Forest District Council hosting the Lantra endorsed ‘Professional Amenity Tree Valuation’ course led by Dr. Jon Heuch.

This means that all existing CAS-run courses are Lantra endorsed. My thanks to the team at Lantra for guiding me through the process, which was no mean feat.  I think that this subject is perhaps the most complex of the competency courses that CAS runs.  It covers four different valuation systems and an unhealthy dose of economics, which is key to providing the context for valuing an asset.  Jon is skilled at presenting a dry topic in an engaging way, even as temperatures outside the classroom rose above 35 degrees for the hottest July day on record.

Returning to CAS Towers, the postman brought a fresh membership application for another arborist on the journey to becoming established.  There are now 150 members of the society (there were about 45 when I became Chairman back in 2009).  My original target was to reach 100 members by 2014.  This target was met a year early and some 30 people have joined this year.  Each new member strengthens the society and equips it to develop greater resources.

However, despite reaching these two milestones, I am not resting.  One resource I am looking to members for is case studies which can then be shared with the wider membership.