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Wales Branch seminars and training

Author:  Mike Higgins
Last Updated:  27/08/2019

This autumn the Wales Branch has a variety of events planned that should be of interest to all facets of the arboricultural industry and further afield.

Emergency First Aid at Work + Forestry

with Adam Gent of Real First Aid

National Botanic Garden of Wales
Friday 6 September

This course will provide delegates with the knowledge and practical competencies needed for the treatment of injuries and diseases that could occur whilst working in a forestry/arboriculture environment. Topics covered will include extreme hot and cold temperatures, managing catastrophic bleeding, crush injuries and Lyme disease, as well as providing knowledge and practical competencies needed to deal with specific hazards in an emergency situation. The objective of the qualification is to provide learners with appropriate first aid training, in a forestry context, as set out in ‘First Aid at Work – Forestry Commission Policy for those that work on our land’. The Forestry First Aid +F (QAR) qualification is ideal for those that work or intend to work in an arboricultural role.


Wales Annual Trees and Fungi Seminar

with Teifion Davies

Clyne Gardens, Swansea
Saturday 14 September

This is planned as an annual Wales Branch event following the success last year’s seminar – people were asking about another event as soon as last year’s walk had finished! The day will take the form of an informal walk and talk around the grounds of Clyne County Park with Teifion Davies, discussing the relationship between trees and fungi. Teifion has worked at Clyne Gardens for many decades and has an in depth knowledge of fungi and where to find them in the gardens.


CAVAT Tree Valuation System Seminar

with Chris Neilan

Gnoll Country Park, Port Talbot
Friday 27 September

Capital Asset Valuation of Amenity Trees (CAVAT) was developed by Chris Neilan and the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) in 2008 as a method of tree valuation.

Highlights of CAVAT are:

  • Tree officers need monetary values for amenity trees
  • CAVAT is a trunk formula valuation method adjusted for tree health and function
  • CAVAT valuations adjust for human population density to account for all potential beneficiaries
  • Compensation for damaged public trees has been secured using the Full Method
  • The Quick Method has informed urban forest succession planning and resource allocation

The aim of this course is to give participants confidence in their use of CAVAT through four training sessions during the day:

  • Session 1: Background to valuing trees, and sets CAVAT in the context of alternative approaches to valuation
  • Session 2: The method in detail, with visual examples
  • Session 3: Practical exercise, with group discussion of examples at or near the venue, and then a group valuation exercise
  • Session 4: Q&A and moderation of the exercise


Arboricultural Association Wales Branch

Events in Wales are always well attended with a great diversity of delegates to make the discussions and networking so valuable. To avoid disappointment book your spaces on these events via:


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We look forward to seeing you there

This article was taken form Issue 186 Autumn 2019 of the ARB Magazine, which is available to view free to members by simply logging in to the website and viewing your profile area.