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There are over 2300 Arboricultural Association members and is recognised by local Government, the RHS and increasingly the general public as the focal point for best practice in arboriculture . It has a membership program linked to the Qualifications and Credit Framework It is represented on a number of national bodies including the Tree Council. It is a registered charity, charity number 1083845.
It regulates the education and qualifications of tree surgeons in the UK. The Arboriculture Association continually strives to raise awareness of the importance of urban and amenity trees and gives a voice to everyone working within the wide and varied industry. Working with the Arboriculture Association allows the progression of the disciplines of arboriculture and makes our villages, towns and cities greener. Membership with the AA provides support and benefits which are tailored to the members needs as they progress through a career in arboriculture. Members have access to a wide range of benefits, along with the opportunity to get involved with the key developments and decisions in the industry and make their voices heard.
The AA was founded in 1964 as a scientific and educational organisation, keen to promote the care and value of trees in no forest settings. The passion for trees shown by the founders at that time continues to exist in our Board and members today. Following initial discussions between Keith Ross, Don Wells and other interested parties, the Arboricultural Association is formed, and in the same year the Association of British Tree Surgeons and Arborists (ABTSA) is also formed. In May 1965 Issue 1 of Volume 1 of The Arboricultural Association Journal was published. In this year the AA was also involved in developing new tree-related standards and documents including BS3936:1965 Nursery Stock - Trees and Shrubs; BS3998:1966 ‘Recommendations for Tree Work’ and BS4043:1966 Semi-Mature Trees. The first AA Advisory Leaflet ‘Tree Preservation Orders’ is also published. In 1974 at the Arboricultural Annual Conference at Merrist Wood College, the AA and ABTSA formally merge to become the ‘new’ AA incorporating ABTSA. Don Wells reported that the Scottish Branch had been very active since 1971. Don Wells reported “A register of Consultants has been drawn up and well established” and that the AA were involved in preparartion of Bristish Standards for ‘Extra Heavy Trees’ and ‘Tree Roots and Construction’.
- "Background Information". Arboricultural Association. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
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