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Student Conference Launched

Last Updated:  19/10/2018

In February the Association announced the first UK Conference for Arboriculture students. The inaugural event will take place at Merrist Wood College on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October. A range of entertaining and informative talks and demonstrations have already been confirmed.

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The first ever Arboricultural Association Student Conference will be a landmark event enabling young professionals to delve into some fantastic CPD. The event will also give them an introduction to the work of the Arboricultural Association plus in-depth demonstrations and industry exhibitors providing the latest technological updates, advice and expertise.

In 2017 the fee for Student Membership was removed, making it free to anyone studying Arboriculture full or part time in the UK. This gives those studying the subject access to a host of resources and invaluable support on their journeys.

Since the Student Conference was announced in early February, we’ve had many expressions of interest. Following the launch of the event Arboricultural Association Training Officer, Emma Hall, said:

“The Association is engaging more delegates every year through our training courses and we feel it’s really important that Students have an opportunity in the calendar to enjoy some brilliant CPD that’s geared towards them.

“Our students are the future of this industry and the Association will be there to support them throughout their careers, so alongside the college climbing competitions I think it’ll be great to give young arbs this chance to become a part of a network early on in their professional lives.”

The 2-day event will open with a series of technical lectures and updates from experienced arborists on the Friday. They include presentations from the Disaster Arborist Response Team, AA Technical Officers Paul McBride (On accidents in tree work and the importance of safety) and Jim Mullholland (Bats and Veteran Tree Management). Other topics covered include the ins and outs of running an arboricultural business and tips from ARB Approved Contractor John Trenchard and World Tree Climbing Champion Jo Hedger.

Saturday will be more of a hands-on affair, with students having the chance to enjoy a host of demonstrations, activates and stalls. These will include demos of the latest technology from air spades and drones to SRT and iTree.

The event will be free for all AA Student members, while non-member students can enjoy Friday for free and Saturday for just £10. There are still more expert speakers to be confirmed in the coming weeks, making this a fantastic opportunity for students to step.

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