Grants and Awards

Research and Grant Application – Notes for applicant:

The Arboricultural Association offers a grant to support research into a relevant arboricultural topic on an annual basis. Applications are invited for funding of up to £5,000 for projects based within the UK. The grant will be awarded at the discretion of the Arboricultural Association to support work considered appropriate.

Applicants should complete the enclosed application form using the guidance notes below.

The closing date for applications is 31st January of each year. All applications received in the previous 12 months will be considered by the Association team and Resources Committee at their next meeting. The successful applicant(s) will be informed about the decision by March 1st.

  1. Applicants Details
    • Give the name, address, telephone, fax and email of the main person(s) undertaking the research
    • If the application is from an organisation, the name of the individual(s) directly responsible for the research should be stated, along with their position in the organisation, and the name and address of the organisation
    • Give the names of any other individuals who will be significantly involved in the research
    • All applicants should provide details of their suitability to undertake the proposed work (qualifications, experience, supervisor etc. as appropriate).
  2. Project Details
    • State the general project title (e.g. Application of Poulson’s Poulminator to Tree Surveys)
    • Provide a brief outline of the project. The objectives of the project should be stated clearly and concisely.
    1. To determine the feasibility of using a Poulminator in the field.
    2. To assess the reliability of Poulminator readings.
    3. To compare the efficiency of Poulminator readings with alternative devices.)
      • Give an outline of the research plan, methodology and the main research methods to be used
      • Identify the expected outcomes and findings of the project. These should be stated clearly and concisely
      • Provide information explaining the relevance and significance of the project outcomes to the arboriculture industry. This could include the public benefits and use of the research outcomes within the industry
      • Provide details on how the project outcomes and findings will be published and disseminated to the arboriculture industry. A copy of any publication arising from a supported project should be sent to the Arboricultural Association. The Arboricultural Association will require the recipient of the grant to provide a paper or article on the outcomes of the research suitable for the Arboricultural Journal or the ARB Magazine and may require the recipient to present a paper at the annual conference (for which expenses will be met).
  3. Funding
    • Clearly state the amount of grant requested
    • Provide details of how the grant funding will be used. Include specific information on use of the funds (e.g. to pay for travel and subsistence, materials or items of equipment)
    • Provide an outline of other funding that is required for the project and the sources that they will be obtained from
    • Give details of any other grant applications that have been made to other organisations for this project.
  4. Endorsement
    • The application should be endorsed by two suitable people who are familiar with the applicant and the proposal.

Applications are to be forwarded to the:

Arboricultural Association
The Malthouse, 
Stroud Green, 
GL10 3DL, 
United Kingdom

or john@trees.org.uk

Download The Application Form

The Arboricultural Association Award

Nominations invited for Association awards

Each year since 1974 the Arboricultural Association Award has been presented to recognise significant contributions of an individual to the arboricultural industry or profession, and two awards introduced in 2021 – Best Student of the Year and Young Arboricultural Professional of the Year – seek to recognise the passion and drive of students taking their first steps and the young professionals already making a difference in our industry.

The deadline for nominations for the 2024 awards is Sunday 30 June.

The Arboricultural Association Award 2024

The AA Award 2024

Each year the Association seeks to recognise a significant contribution to the arboricultural industry or profession by the presentation of the Arboricultural Association Award to an individual.

The process for nominating a candidate to receive the award is as follows:

  • Nominations must be submitted by individuals, not companies or organisations.
  • Nominations must take the form of a reasoned case of no more than 1000 words detailing the nominee’s achievements and background.
  • Nominees need not be Arboricultural Association members.
  • Nominations must be formally proposed and seconded, and must be accompanied by the proposer’s and seconder’s names and written confirmation that they endorse the nomination.
  • Nominations must be made by third parties; self-nomination will not be accepted.
  • Nominations must be submitted to the CEO of the Association by email to john@trees.org.uk with the subject line ‘Association Award Nomination – private and confidential’ by 30 June.
  • The CEO will convene a panel to consider the merits of the various nominations, its deliberations to be concluded by 31 July.

The Award criteria

The overriding criterion to be considered when deliberating the relative merits of the nominations is ‘a significant and positive contribution to arboriculture’: the panel will consider nominees’ excellence or their advancement of practice, research, writing, teaching or other relevant service. It is the role of the award panel to consider the relative merits of the nominations. If the quality of the nominations is unsatisfactory the Association is not obliged to make an award.

Presentation of the Award

The award will be presented to the recipient at the Association’s Annual Conference.

A list of previous recipients appears on the Association’s website at www.trees.org.uk/AA-Awards

The AA Best Student Award 2024 – Sponsored by Tree Life

Best Student Award

Sponsored by Tree Life


  • Free entry to one day of Conference OR a free one-day course.


  • Anyone, any age, any location, any level, studying arboriculture and/or urban forestry in the UK.


  • Shows outstanding passion for the profession.
  • Shows outstanding drive to develop their knowledge/skills.
  • Developed an impressive piece of work in last 12 months.

How to nominate/apply

Short written summary explaining why you or the person you are nominating deserves the award (less than 300 words), to be submitted online at www.trees.org.uk/2024-Award-Nominations by 30 June.

The AA Young Arboricultural Professional Award 2024 – Sponsored by Nicholsons

Young Arboricultural Professional Award

Sponsored by Nicholsons


  • Free AA membership for the year.
  • Free entry to one day of Conference OR a free one-day course.


  • Anyone under the age of 35, working in arboriculture in the UK.


  • Shows outstanding passion for the profession.
  • Works towards delivering the vision of the Association – Inspiring, supporting and promoting the tree care community.

How to nominate/apply

Short written summary explaining why you or the person you are nominating deserves the award (less than 300 words), to be submitted online at www.trees.org.uk/2024-Award-Nominations by 30 June.

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