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Greens on board - More parliamentary support for tree work professionals

Last Updated:  26/01/2017

We began the year where we left off in 2016, creating stronger links with government and spreading awareness of our cause. On Thursday 5th January we welcomed the Green Party Member of European Parliament for the South West, Molly Scott-Cato, to The Malthouse.

The meeting proved to be well worthwhile for both sides as Molly was not initially aware of the work of the Association or our presence in the local area; further confirmation that we must do more to raise public recognition of the organisation.

CEO Stewart Wardop and Senior Technical Officer Simon Richmond introduced Molly to mission of the AA as we continue to build relationships and spread awareness of the skill and expertise of the profession. The South West MEP was fully supportive of these goals and our aim to educate the public on the importance of trees where they impact peoples wellbeing, and of their proper management.

We were pleased to hear that trees were one of the top 10 things on her list of issues to address when she came into office, and will look to assist her and work together wherever possible to help Molly fulfil her goals.
Molly was pleased to support the association in working to encourage key decision makers to think longer term and take into account how trees can be of benefit in all situations, from flood defence to mental wellbeing, she agreed that a tree is not just a tree.

With the public affinity for trees already in our favour, it was agreed that it should be easy to continue to grow support for planning for the future with trees in mind. Aside from calling her local Arb Approved Contractor to come and have a look at her tree, Molly is keen to spread the message among her colleagues and hopes to attend the ARB Show in May along with other members of The Green Party.
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