Calls grow for a united voice for arboriculture

Tree people are urged to pull together to create body to speak for the industry.

The Arboricultural Association (AA) has called for the creation of an umbrella body to speak for the arboriculture industry and lobby the Government. Members would retain their own identity but come together to gain funding, carry out research and promote the industry. The idea came from Arboriculture — The Way Forward, a cross-industry conference called by the AA. AA chairman Jim Quaife told delegates: “Arboriculture must have a strategy to succeed. There is a need for tree people to pull together.” He said the AA could not go forward alone and that the meeting was about the future of arboriculture nationally. Many delegates agreed that the industry’s profile had slipped in the past three years and that grouping together would form one voice with which to lobby the Government. Delegates expressed concern about training, professional standards and the need to educate clients, including councils and insurance firms, which often seemed to see trees as a problem best dealt with by removal. AA director Nick Eden is writing a strategic plan for the future of the industry.

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