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Women in Arboriculture


On 8th March the Arboricultural Association (AA) launched the Women in Arboriculture Group to coincide with International Women’s Day 2018.

The Women in Arboriculture group aims to improve the industry by the inclusion and empowerment of women in arboriculture. This will be fulfilled through activities and projects that promote the industry at entry level to all young people, support women already in the industry helping them to grow & develop their skills while supporting a culture change regarding diversity.

The inaugural meeting took place on 12th June, when the group begun work on several activities and projects aimed at fulfilling its purpose to improve the industry and showcase the great range of careers.


In terms of representation and participation arboriculture is heavily weighted towards men:


The core committee is made up of 12 members from a variety of backgrounds, with Michelle Ryan voted as Chair, and is supported by a working network which anyone is welcome to join.

Following the inaugural meeting, AA Training Officer Emma Hall was thrilled to get the project up and running:

“I was amazed by the enthusiasm and determination in the room, the members of the committee had come from all over the country and the Arb industry, with one member coming all the way from Inverness! We will be putting processes in place to encourage women from all walks of life and ages to join the industry and supporting women who are already in the industry.”

Core committee member Jess Denney is a trainee Arboricultural Consultant and has written a fantastic piece for the Arboricultural Association Young Arborist Blog.

Jess explained what inspired her to pursue a career in arboriculture and why she wants to inspire more young people.

“At school I had no support for finding this industry and information was very limited, therefore it is my goal to make young people aware of the industry and how they can get involved. Ultimately, I want to encourage more young people into arboriculture, there is always a need for more people, no matter who they are or their background, or their gender.”

If you are interested in contributing to the Women in Arboriculture Working Group or being part of the network, please contact:

Emma Hall, Women in Arboriculture Group Coordinator,

Michelle Ryan, Women in Arboriculture Chair,

The Women In Arboriculture Working Group inaugural meeting


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