Arboriculture Association conference to tackle risk assessment

This week's Arboricultural Association conference is due to tackle the debate on tree risk and standards with a talk from Mick Boddy, chairman of the British Standards technical committee (B/213 Trees).

Boddy was due to speak on British standards and arboriculture at the Canterbury conference while US registered consulting arborist Dr Nelda Matheny was due to talk on the state of risk assessment in the US, how it has evolved, and the UK's struggle to define a standard of care.

A draft British Standard on tree safety inspection was published in May but the recommendations, which include tree inspection frequencies of between one and five years as well as recommendations on tree work, have prompted a strong reaction from an industry concerned about the fundamental need for such guidelines.

See this week's issue of Horticulture Week, published Thursday 18th Septebmer,  for more on this story.

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