Autumn Review 2017

A year in the life of the
Arboricultural Association


In Summary

In 2017 we have held more than 100 training events across the country; including the return of the ever-popular Forks workshops and the launch of the new Tree Risk – What’s the Likelihood of Failure workshop.

We have welcomed 387 new members to date, 27 new ARB Approved Contractors, two new AA Registered Consultants, and one new Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).

We are regularly contacted for comment by local and national radio, demonstrating our increased reach.

Our Branch Network has strengthened, with branches offering more opportunities and support for regional members. Mirroring this growth, our relationships with sister organisations, such as the ISA and Society for the Environment, have opened new avenues for professional development.

We have received support for our biosecurity initiatives across the board, with video presentations produced by key industry figures and to be made freely available.

It is our hope that this fantastic momentum will continue into next year and that our members can reflect on the work achieved by their association, their fellow members and all our supporters; and be proud to say ‘I am a member of the Arboricultural Association’.

2017 so far…


Qualified member logos released.

Sheffield Street trees feature on the BBC’s The One Show.

New technical guides work kicked off.


AA calls for calm and respect for contractors in Sheffield.

#ArbatWork Photo contest winner announced.


AA launches industry Health and Safety Review following the deaths of two arborists within a year…

Branching Out meeting heralds increased branch collaboration.


The Arboricultural Association reaffirms its commitment to the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) certification, renewing its licensed body agreement with the Society for the Environment.


Westonbirt hosts the AA’s biggest ever ARB Show, with 6,834 visitors.

3ATC says farewell to Nick Pott.

Arb students head to Chelsea Flower Show to represent the industry.


Affiliate Contractor membership grade launched to offer support to contractors working towards ARB Approved Contractor Status.


New Utility Approved Contractor Scheme trial begins, aiming to recognise and raise standards within the utility arboriculture sector.

The Association presents to the APPGHG parliamentary representatives on the threats to the UKs trees.

Tree Officer survey results published and the Arboricultural Association starts planning their increased campaign to support Tree Officers across the UK.


Our Arb Magazine gets a fresh new look and goes online too!


HRH Prince Charles gives opening address as the Arboricultural Association hosts the world’s first conference on arboricultural biosecurity. Held at the University of Exeter, the conference attracted global speakers and over four hundred delegates over three days.

The Association hosts the UK & Ireland Open Tree Climbing Championships (under ISA rules) for the first time.

Association membership reaches all-time high with over 3% growth in the first 9 months of 2017.