Climate on agenda at Arboricultural Association conference

The relationship between trees and climate change was one of the key issues on the agenda at this year's Arboricultural Association annual conference.

Held at the University of Kent on 14-17 September, the conference was a chance for arboriculturists to examine and discuss the key changes affecting the industry.

Flooding and changing weather trends were put under the microscope by Sheffield Hallam University's reader in environmental change, Dr Ian Rotherham, as he looked at the impacts of floods on trees.

And the strategic role of trees, woodlands and forests in relation to sustainability and green infrastructure policies was examined by Lockhart Garratt tree consultancy chairman John Lockhart.

Forestry Commissioner for England, Paul Hill-Tout, kicked off the series of seminars, talks and discussions with a keynote address on Monday morning (15 September).

Throughout the conference, teams from across the UK competed in the AUS Utility Skill Competition and Tilhill Safety Challenge.

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