Exploratory talks over the possible merger of two leading arboricultural organisations have been given the green light by members after a postal ballot.
Discussions between the Arboricultural Association and the UK and Ireland Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture will probably start in September after the AA’s annual conference.
Last month, members of both groups were requested to respond “yes” or “no” to the question: “Do you support the principle of the Arboricultural Association and the ISA (UK & Ireland Chapter) becoming one new organisation to provide a unified democratic voice for British and Irish arboriculture?”
In all, 47.5 per cent of AA members voted “yes” — 85.2 per cent of the votes cast — while the “no” vote totalled 13.4 per cent.
The ISA (UK & I) vote showed 50.3 per cent of the membership voted for — 80 per cent of the ballot — and 20 per cent voted against.
A team from the AA, Bruce Hatton, Jonathan Hazell, Jim Quaife and Nick Eden, will sit down at the National Agricultural Centre in Warwickshire with Alan Reeves, Ian McDermott, Glen Gorner and Chris Cooper-Abbs of the ISA (UK & I).
Dr Mark Johnston, arboriculture lecturer at Myerscough College, will be chairman and facilitator.
In a joint statement, the groups say the talks are “exploratory and have no predetermined outcome”.
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