Conference Workshop Sessions

Workshop Sessions

This year will see the return of our interactive workshop sessions, led by our speakers to bring you closer to the themes at the heart of the conference. Each afternoon delegates can select one of the following workshops:

International Panel Sessions

Monday and Tuesday

Chaired by Kevin Frediani

Challenges and opportunities in global arboriculture

An in-depth moderated Q&A and discussion workshop which will delve into the challenges and opportunities in global arboriculture. Following on from the main conference speakers of each day. Monday’s session will include Paul Barber (Australia), Lee Mueller (USA), Jon Hartill (Sweden) and Yana Bobrova (Ukraine). Tuesday will feature Kristin Moldestad (Norway), Benoit de Reviers (France), Richard Hauer (USA) and Andrew Benson (New Zealand).

Michelle Ryan

Michelle Ryan and Luke Fay

Succession in Arboriculture

Luke Fay

How do we identify the next generation of arboriculturists, including those starting out in employment and those seeking a career change? How do we ensure that these professionals are representative of the communities in which they work? How do we encourage people to join the arboricultural sector, and then support them in developing their career over many years? In this workshop Michelle Ryan (Arboricultural Association and Transport for London) and Luke Fay (Treework Environmental Practice) will share some of our ongoing work and will invite delegates to contribute to this vital discussion.

Charles Mynors

Charles Mynors

Regulating works to trees – can we simplify the law?
Do we need it anyway?

Join Charles Mynors, barrister and co-author of The law of trees, forests and hedges (Third Edition), to explore current tree work regulations and discuss how the system could be simplified. Charles will deliver a presentation outlining his thoughts, and then delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion session to consider the question – do we need the law anyway?

Reg Harris

Reg Harris

Major Oak Gallery

Reg Harris (Urban Forestry Bury St Edmonds) will be giving guided tours of the Major Oak Gallery Tour. Explore highlights of Reg’s extensive collection of images of this remarkable tree, and find out more about how we can learn a lot about the history of arboriculture through a single specimen.

Keith Sacre

Keith Sacre and Ben Coles

Tree planting: More than just numbers

Following on from their popular workshops at conference in Loughborough in 2022 and a series of articles in ARB Magazine over the last year, Keith Sacre (Barcham Trees) and Ben Coles (Treeconomics) will present their thoughts about the dangers of chasing tree planting targets, and the importance of quality over quantity.

Ivan Button

Ivan Button and Sika

Detection Dogs In Arboriculture


Sika has been specially trained to detect decay fungi on trees, and is used by Ivan Button of Crown Tree Consultancy during his arboricultural surveys. In this workshop, Ivan will describe how he works with Sika and explain some of the amazing possibilities of using dogs in arboriculture. Sika will then be giving an outdoor demonstration of her fungi-finding skills.

Simon Richmond Paul Barton

Simon Richmond is joined by Martin Dobson, Paul Barton and Shane Lanigan

Registered Consultants Scheme

Martin Dobson Shane Lanigan

If you are considering applying to become a Registered Consultant with the Arboricultural Association, or if you would just like to find out more about how the Scheme works and why it is so important to our sector, then join the Association’s Senior Technical Officer Simon Richmond and some of our Registered Consultants for an in-depth discussion.

All workshops will run on Monday and Tuesday. Workshops will be run simultaneously, with delegates selecting one workshop each day. Like any conference programme, workshop speakers and content are subject to change. Certain workshops may have maximum numbers, in which case places will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Pre-booking workshops is not possible.