John Parker to take up formal role with Arboricultural Association

The Arboricultural Association has appointed John Parker, one of the best-known figures in the UK arb industry, as a senior technical officer.

Image: Arboricultural Association
Image: Arboricultural Association

Parker has been the senior arboriculture & landscape specialist at Transport for London (TfL) for the past ten years, is a member of the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) executive committee, and was its chair from 2016-2018.

He holds a BSc in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry from Myerscough, is a Professional member of the AA (MArborA), Chartered Arboriculturist (MICFor) and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).

In 2017 his efforts to bring together arboriculture and urban forestry across Europe were recognised at the European Forum on Urban Forestry, where he received the European Young Urban Forester of the Year award.

A TEDx Talk he gave last summer on the importance of urban trees has been seen by nearly 3,000 viewers on YouTube, and he has also highlighted to parlimentarians the need for tree maintenance.

He takes up his position in August, working with fellow senior technical officer Simon Richmond on influencing, shaping and commenting on technical arboricultural matters and policy.

The Arboricultural Association said: "The team at HQ is thrilled to welcome John, who clearly understands the importance of collaboration to continue the advancement of arboriculture and is ready to help continue the Association’s development as the home for industry professionals."

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