Society targets tree officers

The Consulting Arborist Society (CAS) ran seminars at the Capel Manor College Celebration of Trees event last week.

The body is aiming to grow its membership by targeting tree officers to develop their skills. New CAS chairman Mark Chester told HW that the plan was not to "threaten the status quo" but to help arboriculturists in its own areas including tree preservation orders and expert witness work.

"At the moment we have got about 50 members so it is not big, but I really want to encourage people to know what we are about," said Chester, who is principal consultant at Cedarwood Tree Care.

"We can provide our members with opportunities through our areas of professional competency and connections to pursue various options. I see us almost as a feeder for bodies such as the Arboricultural Association and Institute of Chartered Foresters."

The organisation, which is affiliated to the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) UK, ran seminars led by past ISA UK president Dealga O'Callaghan and Arboricultural Association chairman Jon Heuch at the Celebration of Trees event last week.

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