The legal framework
Visual Tree Assessment (VTA)
Principle fungal decay organisms
Mechanical symptoms of defects
Tree inspection equipment
Making and writing management recommendations
VTA tree walk
Introduction to decay detection and measuring equipment
Final round up
- As a dynamic living system
- An undamaged, self-optimized structure
- The law of the minimal lever arm and strategy of flexibility
Facilities/Equipment required - Trainees:
- Trainees should bring with them outdoor clothing, including a ‘Hi-viz’ jacket or waistcoat, as there will be a number of practical tree inspection exercises over the three days.
- They should also bring any other equipment that they would normally use during tree inspection / survey, e.g: Clipboard, Pro-forma record sheets, Binoculars, Mallet and probe, Diameter tape, Height measuring device (Hypsometer, clinometer, etc).
Professional Tree Inspection Book List
Trainees are expected to be familiar with the following books:
- Lonsdale, D. (1999). Principles of Tree Hazard Assessment and Management, Research for Amenity Trees No, 7, Stationery Office, London
- Mattheck, C. & Breloer, H. (1994). The Body Language of Trees, Research for Amenity Trees No, 4, Stationery Office, London
- Strouts, R.G. & Winter, T.G. (1994). Diagnosis of Ill Health in Trees, Research for Amenity Trees No, 2, Stationery Office, London
- Davis, C., Fay, N & Mynors, C. (2000). Veteran Trees: a guide to risk and responsibility. English Nature, Peterborough
- Fay, N., Dowson, D.C., & Helliwell, R. (2005). Tree Surveys: A Guide to Good Practice. The Arboricultural Association. (Supplied as a “course deliverable”)
- Shigo, A.L. (1991). Modern Arboriculture. Shigo & Tree Associates, Durham, NH, USA
- Weber, K., & Mattheck, C. (2003). Manual of Wood Decay in Trees, The Arboricultural Association
- Mattheck, C. Field Guide for Visual Tree Assessment. (2007)
- AA Fungi on Trees: An arborist’s Field Guide (2011)
- Recommendations for Tree Work. BS 3998. (2010) British Standards Institute, London
- NTSG Common sense risk management of trees (2011)
- Tree identification book(s)
- Fungi identification book(s).
Other relevant publications:
- Ellison, M. (2005). Quantified Tree Risk Assessment: used in the management of amenity trees. Journal of Arboriculture Vol. 31, International Society of Arboriculture
- Clarke, J., & Matheny, N. (1993). A photographic guide to the evaluation of hazard trees in urban areas. 2nd edition, International Society of Arboriculture, USA
- Schwarze, F.W.M.R., Lonsdale, D., & Fink, S. (1997). An overview of wood degradation patterns and their implications for tree hazard assessment. Arboricultural Journal Vol 21. The Arboricultural Association
- Lonsdale, D. Hazards from Trees. FC Practice Guide 13, Forestry Commission
- Blanchard, R. O., & Tatter, T.A. (1997). Field and Laboratory Guide to Tree Pathology (2nd edition). Academic Press
- Mattheck, C. (2002). Tree Mechanics: Explained with sensitive words by Pauli the Bear. Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe
- Schwarze, F.W.M.R., Engals, J., & Mattheck, C. (1999). Fungal Strategies of Wood Decay in Trees. Springer-Verlag Berlin
- Mattheck, C., & Huber, H. (1995). Wood – The internal Optimization of Trees. Springer-Verlag Berlin
- Hayes, E. (2001). Evaluating Tree Defects: A field guide. Safetrees, Rochester, MN, USA
- ISA Glossary of Arboricultural Terms (2005). ISA Champaign, IL, USA
- AAIS Research Information Notes
- AAIS Tree Damage Alert Notes
- Rinn, F. (2008)Technical Inspection of Trees
- Percival, G. & Noviss, K. CHLOROPHYLL FLUORESCENCE – A BEGINNERS GUIDE Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory
James, K. R., Haritos, N. & Ades, P. K. (2006) Mechanical stability of trees under dynamic loads. American Journal Botany. vol. 93 no. 10 pp.1522-1530.
Publications included in package:
- Lantra Awards workbook for Professional Tree Inspection
- Arboricultural Association publication: ‘Tree surveys: a guide to good practice’
- Assessment forms and examination papers
- Site specific risk assessment form
- Certificate claim forms
- Course evaluation forms
The course will include some outdoor practical sessions (please bring suitable clothing for indoor and outdoor sessions). Refreshments and lunch are provided.
A minimum of arboricultural qualification at level three or equivalent, plus five years experience in carrying out tree survey and inspection, is expected.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS IS A NON-RESIDENTIAL COURSE. Hotels are available nearby.