What is the Helliwell system and how much is a “point”?
The Helliwell System is one of several methods of placing a monetary value on the visual amenity provided by individual trees and/or woodland. It has been extensively used in court cases, insurance claims and public inquiries to place visual amenity values on individual tree
Bats and trees: Who does what where!
There are currently 18 species of bats resident in the UK, many of which use trees in their daily activities. Just as people use trees for different purposes, different bat species use trees in different ways. Food: The UK’’s bats are all insectivorous. As trees encoura...
Oak Processionary Moth Management Specialists
The Arboricultural Association has collated the following list of “ARB Approved Contractors” (ArbACs) who either currently undertake Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) management / eradication services or have stated they have the skills and equipment available to do so. Please not...
When is the bird nest season?
The ‘Bird Nesting Season’ is officially from February until August (Natural England) and it is recommended that vegetation works (tree
or hedge cutting) or site clearance should be done outside of the nesting season. However, in reality the nesting period may start before thi...
Atypical Myopathy Joint Position Statement
Arboricultural Association and British Horse Society joint policy statement on: Felling of Sycamore trees in relation to Atypical Myopathy : A statement for arborists and horse owners Introduction It has been proven that trees provide us with many benefits and have a sign...
Biosecurity Awareness Video Series
Following the success of our 2017 Conference, ‘ Biosecurity: Protect & Survive ’, where His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales provided the opening address, the Association is releasing a series of videos featuring prominent figures highlighting the importance of various as...
How do I select the right Tree Surgeon?
1 When making an appointment with an ARB Approved Contractor clients should advise the contractor whether advice on trees is required, or if a specification for works already exists against which the contractor’s quotation is sought 2 Clients are advised to obtain mor...
So what actions can contractors take to ensure compliance to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981?
A few things that contractors should consider putting in place: Tool box talk in regards to nesting birds: what to look for and what to do if there is nesting activity within the trees or vegetation being worked on. Record on all pre-works wildlife assessments e.g. ‘no nest...
Protecting your arb equipment
One way you can counter the criminal threat is by registering your assets and reporting thefts on Arbsafe. arbsafe.co.uk The website enables users to keep a register of equipment on a secure server, report thefts and shows crime hotspots. Arbsafe is an initiative by...
VETcert Videos: Further guidance on the management of veteran trees
These videos were produced by the Ancient Tree
Forum and other partners in the VETcert project to encourage good practice in the management of ancient and other veteran trees. The titles on practical management cover the following topics (view below): Introduction to...