Professionals working with veteran trees to benefit from skills and certification programme

The Ancient Tree Forum (ATF) and the Arboricultural Association have received funding from the EU's Erasmus+ training and development programme to help establish a Europe-wide accreditation scheme for veteran tree workers.

Image: Peter O'Connor (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Image: Peter O'Connor (CC BY-SA 2.0)

A partnership between ten partner organisations in seven European countries, the VETcert project aims to raise standards in veteran tree care by defining a common minimum level of skills and knowledge for arboricultural and forestry professionals, and developing a clear and objective certification procedure to test such skills.

The project will also develop new training material to help candidates achieve the accreditation, which is aimed at both practicing and consulting tree work professionals.

ATF training and technical officer Jim Mullholland said: "We are currently at the standard-setting phase of the project and are looking for input from a range of stakeholders."

To this end, the forum is inviting those with experience of working with veteran trees to complete a short online survey. It can be found at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NFRYJBJ and is open until 21 April.


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