Following the disbanding of the ISA UK & Ireland Chapter (UK&I) earlier this year, the ISA undertook a survey of its membership within the United Kingdom and Ireland during the summer of 2015. We are advised that results from the survey indicated that the majority of those members and credential holders are in favour of the administration of their membership being managed locally, by another UK-based arboricultural organisation. The ISA consequently approached the AA.
The AA is in discussion with the ISA and is considering the benefits that an alliance would bring to our existing and future membership and the global networks which could be provided. Please watch out for updates on progress regarding this matter and more detailed communications in the next few weeks. For now, membership for the former Chapter members and Certifications are being managed by ISA International.
On a related note, the AA has filled the void left by the absence of the UK&I chapter by taking over the full membership of the European Arboricultural Council, to ensure that all United Kingdom and Ireland arboriculturists are represented at this level.
CEO, The Arboricultural Association