Each year the Association seeks to recognise a significant and positive contribution to the arboricultural industry or profession by the presentation of the Arboricultural Association Award to an individual.
The nomination1 and selection process
The process for nominating a candidate2 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.
- Nominations must be submitted to the head office of the Association, marked ‘Association Award Nomination – private and confidential’, for the attention of the CEO, by 30 June.
- 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.
- 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.
1. Nominations must be made by third parties; self-nomination will not be permitted. 2. Nominees need not be Arboricultural Association members.
This article was taken from Issue 193 Summer 2021 of the ARB Magazine, which is available to view free to members by simply logging in to the website and viewing your profile area.