Representing Arboriculture

As part of our responsibility to represent and advance the Arboriculture industry, we are involved on several government and non-government bodies. We are regularly taking part in consultation and development of standards on Arboricultural issues and amenity tree care in related sectors.

Arboricultural Association members are part of the following councils, bodies and committees:

British Standards Institution

British Standards Institution (BSI)

  • Committee B/213 Trees

Simon Pryce

The Arboricultural Association has played a significant role over the years in the development of British Standards from BS 3998:2010 to BS 5837:2012. The goal of the B/213 Trees committee is to plan, programme and co-ordinate standardisation for trees and tree work, resourcing and organizing the structure and work necessary to produce and maintain the standards.

European Arboricultural Council

European Arboricultural Council

Stewart Wardrop, John Parker &Jonathan Cocking

Association representatives have regularly attended European Arboricultural Council meetings and will continue to do so with the aim of working together to improve the profession. The goal of the EAC is to elevate the status and to raise the professional level of competence within arboriculture. This objective is carried out by liaising on matters ranging from research and education to successful tree establishment and the improvement of safe working practices.

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Greener UK

Greener UK

Stewart Wardrop and Stephen Hodsman

Greener UK is a group of 13 major environmental organisations, with a combined public membership of 7.9 million. We are united in the belief that leaving the EU is a pivotal moment to restore and enhance the UK’s environment.

Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group

HSE Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG)

Simon Richmond, Andy Gardner (UAG)

AFAG is an advisory group of the Health and Safety Executives (HSE’s) Agriculture Industry Advisory Committee (AIAC) and meets twice a year. Several project groups have been set up to tackle specific issues.

National Highways Sector Scheme 18

National Highway Sector Scheme 18

Martin Lennon

The National Highways Sector Scheme 18 (NHSS18) is the customised management system for landscaping and the environment (including ecology) and will be mandatory for all contractors working for the Highways England and other infrastructure providers.

National Tree Safety Group

National Tree Safety Group (NTSG)

Simon Richmond

The National Tree Safety Group (NTSG) is composed of a number of organisations with an interest in tree risk management. The group came together in August 2007 to discuss the need for a nationally recognised approach to tree safety management. Early in the discussions one issue became the priority for the NTSG. This was the provision of guidance that is proportionate to the risk posed by trees and defendable rather than defensive.

Society for the Environment

Society for the Environment (SocEnv)

John Parker & Jessica Palfreyman

The Society for the Environment is the body responsible for registration of environment professionals. We are the custodian of the Chartered Environmentalist and Registered Environmental Technician registers and since 2004 have established a sound platform as the body tasked with championing and registering the expertise of environmental professionals.

Trees and Design Action Group

Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG)

Keith Sacre & Stewart Wardrop

TDAG brings together a pioneering group of individuals, professionals and organisations from wide ranging disciplines in both the public and private sectors to increase awareness of the role of trees in the built environment.



Simon Richmond & Jim Mullholland

Working in partnership with organisations across the EU to create a standard to care and protect veteran trees, the Arboricultural Association has been working closely to help develop the Standard with the Ancient Tree Forum and other partners. To find out more click here.

Woodland Trust Charter for Trees

Woodland Trust Charter for Trees

Jeremy Peirce

The Charter for Trees, Woods and People will launch on 6 November 2017. It will guide policy and practice in the UK and help people stand up for trees.

Member Representatives on other Organisations

Partner organisations

Woodland Trust Charter for Trees


Perennial is the only charity in the UK helping all those who work in or are retired from horticulture and their dependent families. As a Perennial Partner we are committed to safeguarding all those who work in the UK horticulture industry.