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Training

If you have a professional involvement with trees, we can provide training tailored to suit your particular needs.
Our partners Mike Ellison and Glyn Thomas regularly present technical seminars and workshops to their peers and other professionals on a range of topics. You can attend one of our scheduled events or arrange an in-house training workshop at your premises.
In association with our sister company Quantified Tree Risk Assessment Ltd. we host an extensive calendar of arboricultural training in the United Kingdom and internationally.

Check out our Training Calendar for scheduled training events and programmes

Trees and Development

photograph - trees in new developmentA two hour seminar designed to assist planners, architects, landscape architects and developers to make the most of the tree asset and work within the requirements of the Town & Country Planning Act (1990) whilst implementing the guidance contained in BS5837:2005 'Trees in Relation to Construction - Recommendations'.

Trees can enhance the visual quality of built development, but all too often ill-considered tree retention produces poor relationships with the built form. We will provide you with the basic tools to maximise development opportunities whilst integrating important trees into your proposals or perhaps identifying justifications for tree removal and replacement.

This seminar can be expanded for more in depth delivery as a four or six hour workshop to suit your needs.

Managing Safety from Falling Trees

photograph - post mortem of oak treeAre you responsible for the management of trees? This two hour seminar for landowners, land managers and professionals who interface with trees on an occasional or regular basis, provides an introduction to the concept of reasonable and proporionate tree risk management.

When commissioning tree safety assessments, landowners are frequently burdened with extensive and costly remedial work, which often cannot be implemented due to the lack of resources and perhaps on any reasonable analysis would prove to be unnecessary. The very process intended to mitigate the landowner's liability can actually create a more onerous duty when surveyors prescribe management that may never be implemented. It is easy for those providing advice on tree safety to limit their personal liability by making risk averse management recommendations, which, in turn, place the burden squarely back with the tree owner. Having attended this seminar tree managers will be better equipped to instruct tree safety assessments that can deliver proportionate and cost-effective remedies.

This seminar can be expanded for more in depth delivery as a four or six hour workshop to suit your needs.

Quantified Tree Risk Assessment Licensed User Training

photograph - delegates at tree risk seminarIf you are looking for proportionate and cost-effective tree safety management, Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) is an approach that has developed over the past fifteen years to provide a reasonable and practical solution to the tree safety dilemma. The QTRA method has initiated a sea-change in the management of tree safety internationally and it is difficult to overemphasise the utility of the method in informing reasonable and proportionate risk management decisions. If you are involved in tree management, you should be trained in the application of QTRA or, at the very least, you should have a general understanding of its underlying principles.

QTRA enables a landowner to quickly identify where there is or is not potential for significant risks and facilitates the effective allocation of resources where risks are highest. For more information on this widely accepted method of tree risk assessment, visit our sister company at www.qtra.co.uk. Users are trained in the application of the method in a one-day workshop and update workshops are scheduled annually.

A Practitioner's Guide to Visual Tree Assessment

photograph - delegates at tree risk workshopIn this one day workshop, which has been attended by hundreds of arborists, foresters, land managers, tree wardens and a wide range of land-based professionals internationally, we instruct delegates in the application of widely accepted methods for assessing tree stability.

Following a brief introduction to the concept of tree risk management, we take delegates through an introductory tour of tree biology and biomechanics before a photographic guide of the visual signs of tree defects and tree stability, finishing with the field assessment of a range of examples.

A must for those managing tree populations with limited budgets, we regularly provide this workshop in-house for housing associations, local government and private landowners.

Making and Administering Tree Preservation Orders

photograph - 250 year-old lime avenueThe competent administration of tree preservation orders is highly dependent upon effectively served, accurate and up-to-date orders. This seminar takes delegates through the process of assessing the context of the landscape character, within which trees are often a key component, to inform the making of appropriate and defendable tree preservation orders. Delegates will work through case studies of good and bad practice in the making, service and administration of tree preservation orders.

This one-day workshop takes delegates through the process of assessing trees for inclusion, appropriate classification of trees, service and confirmation of orders and administration following confirmation. Exchange of experiences and ideas between delegates is an essential component of the training.