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#WomenInArb on International Women’s Day 2020

Author:  Arboricultural Association
Last Updated:  06/03/2020
International Women]s Day 2020

For International Women’s Day 2020 we’re encouraging you to share your #WomenInArb pictures and stories this Sunday 8th March.

Share your #WomeninArb #WomeninTrees story on Social Media!

Use #WomenInArb and #WomeninTrees alongside the Official Hashtags:
#IWD2020 #EachforEqual #InternationalWomensDay2020







Watch and Share our International Women’s Day Video Playlist

Boel Hammarstrand

Boel Hammarstrand
(Climbing Arborist)

“Climbing a tree has nothing to do with your gender; it’s purely to do with your skills, your knowledge and your passion.

“If you just put your mind to it, regardless if you’re a man or a woman, anybody can do anything. You just have to believe in yourself and work together with each other in the industry”

Watch Here

Becki Gawthorpe

Becki Gawthorpe
(Biosecurity Outreach Officer)

“I’ve gone from climbing, to surveying, to consultancy and I’m now working for the Forestry Commission in their Tree Health Team which is something I never imagined that I could do with the qualifications I achieved in arboriculture.”

Watch Here

Michelle Ryan

Michelle Ryan
(Senior Arboriculture & Landscape Specialist)

Michelle Ryan AA trustee talks about women in arboriculture and the Women In Arboriculture working group in the lead up to International Women's Day 2020.

“If women that are wanting to come into the industry see themselves or see people like them, then they’ll be more inclined to join…There's variety, you don't have to be a tree climber, but if you want to, do it!”

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Share the #WomenInArb International Women’s Day Graphics

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Women in Arboriculture Kit Survey

Women in Arboriculture Kit Survey

One of the key objectives for the Women in Arboriculture group is supporting the women in our industry, and we have often been told that getting PPE and climbing kit that fits is a real issue. This can range from sizing, design or even a complete absence of the kit they need.

We would appreciate your comments on the kit you use, positive and negative. This will give us a footing to start approaching kit manufacturer/suppliers showing them that there’s a real need for improvement on what’s currently on offer.

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Women in Arboriculture Networking Event

Thursday 26 March 2020

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Women in Arboriculture Networking Event Update


12 Faces of Arb

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12 Faces of Arb Compilation PDF

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The Arborist

2 March 2020

The Arborist Screening

On the 2nd March we attended the screening of ‘The Arborist’. This is a short film directed by the BAFTA winner Clare Sturges, the story is based around an arborist and her struggle as she realises her twin’s memorial tree is dying. We provided them with initial technical advice and Jo Hedger was the Special Advisor throughout the production. The film will be on the BBC in the Summer.

The Arborist

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We Need Your Help

We need your help! The Arboricultural Association’s Education and Training Committee is working on a new Arboriculture careers portal which will feature introductory careers videos for each of the many and varied roles within our industry.

Whatever your role in arboriculture is; if you'd like to get involved and be featured in a short video interview or share a career blog post about your role please get in touch and email stephen@trees.org.uk or contact wia@trees.org.uk