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3 Actions for Arboriculture – General Election 2024

Author:  Arboricultural Association
  10/06/2024
Last Updated:  11/06/2024

As the biggest professional body supporting those working with trees, the Arboricultural Association is calling on all parties and candidates to acknowledge the importance of tree care and establishment, and to commit appropriate resources to supporting arboriculture as the profession responsible for the success of the trees in our towns and cities.

During the 2019 General Election campaign, the major political parties of the UK each promised to plant ever-increasing numbers of new trees. The Arboricultural Association remains pleased that trees —and the many varied benefits they bring to our communities— remain high on the political and public agenda.

We need to act now so that the benefits of trees will are felt today, and by future generations. We’re calling on elected MPs and the next government to work with us to deliver against our three recommendations.

It is increasingly recognised that trees are good for us, and provide a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits to society. However, not everyone knows about the profession which is responsible for these amenity trees: arboriculture.

The Arboricultural Association works to inspire, support and promote the tree care community for a society that better appreciates and cares for trees. We’re working in tree time, not within electoral cycles.

However, we must act now so that the benefits of trees will be felt by future generations. We’re calling on prospective MPs and the next government to work with us to deliver against our three recommendations.

Allocate funding and resources

Invest in people

Arboriculture is an exciting industry with varied roles that appeal to all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Tree care should be for everyone, and we must ensure that the next generation of arboriculturists represent the communities they live and work in.

We must see increased support for training, education and apprenticeships for the next generation of entrants into these important green jobs.

Allocate funding and resources

Allocate funding and resources

Trees outside woodlands are critical infrastructure which can contribute towards tackling many of the problems society faces. To maintain and increase canopy cover and improve access to trees where people live, we must retain and protect existing trees where possible and take appropriate steps to fully establish those we plant. This requires an adequate, skilled workforce across both the private and public sector.

We must see increased money and capacity available for tree care.

Enable arboriculturists

Enable arboriculturists

Despite the crucial role of arboriculture in daily life, and in tackling the climate and nature crises, there is low general awareness about the work of tree care professionals. To realise the potential of trees, arboriculturists must be involved at the earliest stages of planning for all projects involving amenity trees in both urban and rural settings. Greater valuing of arboriculturists alongside other professional industries allow us all to benefit from their skills and expertise.

We must see increased recognition for arboriculture and its role in society.

We will all have many demands of our MPs and the next government. However, we have provided a template letter for members and supporters to send to their local party and candidates.

Should you wish to raise the profile of arboriculture, please review this template letter and add any personal or local detail that you wish.

You can find details for local candidates at: