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In 1964 a group of local government horticulturists and forestry officers, dismayed at the increasingly rapid erosion of the amenity trees in the landscape, formed the Arboricultural Association. These people also recognised that standards of tree care and management were very low.
At the same time as the Arboricultural Association was formed a group of equally concerned commercial tree surgeons established the Association of British Tree Surgeons and Arborists. Ten years later the two organisations amalgamated to provide comprehensive representation of local government, commercial and lay interests. This is the Arboricultural Association of today.
Some of the notable areas in which the Association has influenced include positive support for the development of Tree Preservation Order and Conservation Area legislation, (Town and County Planning Acts); and the establishment of education courses in both tree surgery and arboriculture.
The Association has created professional standards of conduct and acceptable levels of workmanship and assessments leading to listing in the Association's Directories of Registered Consultants and Approved Contractors. This is combined with promotion of safe working practices and encouraging research into and the sale of equipment suitable for the work of practitioners.
The Association presents the Arboricultural Association Award, an annual prestigious Award for services to arboriculture.
Furthermore the Association has sought to liaise and co-operate with other kindred organisations in the interests of improving the landscape tree cover of Britain.
The Arboricultural Association produces a quarterly Newslettergiving all the latest industry news. All members receive this publication.
Professional Members of the Association not only receive the newsletter but also receive the Journal four times a year. This presents the latest research in the Science of Arboriculture
The Arboricultural Association runs a number of training workshops, seminars, a Trade Fair and a National Conference each year.
A summary of the various ways of starting a career in arboriculture, the qualification structure and career progression can be found in the Associations leaflet: A Guide to Qualifications and Careers in Arboriculture.
This guide is also available in hard copy from the Association
The Arboricultural Association runs a major three-day conference each year including seminars, workshops and a trade exhibition.