Posts By: Mark Chester

15th June 2012

Here in Cirencester for the ARB show.  The weather was better than expected (at least no torrential rain), but rather squally.  I was very relieved that the Consulting Arborist Society stand is a ‘T’ frame erected by our hosts.  Less substantial marquees suffered somewhat.  I visited the TreeLife stand and became an in promptu stand-in pole as a gust threatened to life the roof.

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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.

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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.

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An Apology and Update

To my regular reader, apologies for the absence of a blog for a while.  I have been busy working on a complex and demanding planning application, of which maybe more later.  Also, in January, I was appointed as editor of the ISA (UK&I) TreeLine Magazine.  I have been busy, but enjoying myself, meeting various personalities within the industry and researching for articles.  More on that later.  I now have the fun of writing material and chasing possible contributors.

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Learning how to be an expert witness, a new CAS magazine and report writing tips

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.

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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.

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En route to ArborCamp

I write this blog on a train to Kent for the F. R. Jones Arb & Forestry event and the inaugural ArborCamp organised by the ISA.  Russell Ball’s contagious enthusiathm and the invitation to talk to arborists about CAS have drawn me away from my study and finishing a tree report.

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