British Standard for Bat Surveying in Trees

The upcoming British Standard for ‘Surveying for bats in trees and woodland’ has now been closed for comment; hopefully we will see the completed document later this year. Bats are essential to our ecosystems, but they are threatened by habitat loss due to the renovation or demolition of old buildings, and the loss of old […]

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Mulching for Tree Health

Mulching Madness By Glynn Percival, 17 September 2014 This article was published on the CAS website and has been reproduced verbatim. AV Arboriculture always plant new trees with wood chip mulch, to promote root growth and tree health.  We also apply wood chip mulch to established trees, usually after de-compacting the rooting area. The aim of […]

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Quizzing the Tree Experts

A review of the recent Experts Question Time event held at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh with Arboricultural Experts Jeremy Barrell and David Lonsdale, hosted by the Consulting Arborists Society (CAS).  This was a very informative day for professional consulting arborists.  Text by Mark Chester of CAS._____On Tuesday 1st July, some 60 tree care professionals gathered at the […]

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The Wilfred Owen Violin

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be asked to carefully remove a branch from a Sycamore at Napier University Craiglockhart Campus, where Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon convalesed during World War I.The Edinburgh violin maker Steve Burnett – creator of the famous ‘Sherlock Violin’, wished to commemorate the 100th year of the start […]

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High Hedges Act comes into force (no joke!)

The High Hedges Act (Scotland) came into force today. There is – understandably – a fair lack of preciseness in the Act and the Guidance. This is usually the case when dealing with trees, so we can forgive the authors. There are a couple of possible points of contention, i.e. the attempted definition of what […]

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High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013

The High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013 will come into force on April the 1st 2014. The full Act can be found here Note that section 3(1) states “Before making an application under section 2(1), the applicant must take all reasonable steps to resolve the matters in relation to the high hedge which would otherwise be […]

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Delivering Tree Work: Commercial Practice & Specifications

The Arboricultural Association Scottish Branch are proud to present a four hour CPD Course aimed at arborists, planners, quantity surveyors and others involved in commissioning tree works. The course will be held at the City Council Chambers, Edinburgh, 31 October 2013. The course is an introduction to tree reports and tree work specifications. The course will […]

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