I suppose that it was one of those ‘eureka’ moments. Russell Ball, ISA Chapter President, was at the Arboricultural Association Manchester conference speaking to Mike Connick (Connick Tree Care) about the fund raising work of the ISA’s annual ‘Tours des Trees’, which takes place alongside the conference each year and raises funds for tree research. Mike had just done the previous Ride. Both were standing next to Dr. David Lonsdale, who spent his career in research. Were there any funding needs for tree health in the UK?, wondered Russell. David spoke of his concerns regarding Acute Oak Disease and the need for an updated digital microscope to aid research.
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I was recently talking to a professional contractor who had been invited to tender for tree works by a housing association. The contractor was dismayed at the level of knowledge of those who had prepared the schedule of works. Apart from limited knowledge and understanding of tree species, the specification seemed to have been drawn up with no awareness of BS3998.
Continuous Professional Development is an important part of the professional ensuring they are up to date with new ideas and thinking within the industry. Attending seminars can be costly, and is often beyond the budget of many, especially those in the public sector, where the generous funds of the recent past are being squeezed. It is therefore especially refreshing to see some of those in the private sector stepping up to the mark.
This is an important year in the world of arboriculture, with BS5837, a document which guides the management and retention of trees within development sites, being updated. In addition, the regulations regarding the administration of Tree Preservation Orders have been updated and amended in one of the most substantial overhauls since the legislation was first introduced in 1947.
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.
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.
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.
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.