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Tree Statics in action

By Kevin Martin, 26 June 2017

This time last week, I was in a classroom in sultry heat listening to Dr. Jon Heuch sharing on Excellence in Report Writing. Given the vast range of experience of delegates and the heat, Jon did a thoroughly excellent job in engaging his audience and informing us. I am hoping to hear more from Jon later this year on his next course.

Next week, we will be announcing the date and venue of the next Tree Preservation Orders course, led by the excellent Richard Nicholson. The aim is to provide courses across the UK, so please do let me know if you have a suitable venue and a group interested in one of our courses. The date and venue for the AGM are confirmed, at Bartlett’s Reading Laboratories, on Friday 29th September 2017. The agenda for the day, and for the AGM, will be circulated shortly.

Finally, Kevin Martin, Tree Manager at RBG Kew, shares some thoughts about a pioneering safety management approach he has been trialling at Kew.

As the Tree Manager at RBG, Kew, I am responsible for the management of a collection of some 14,000 trees. Many of these are historically, botanically and biologically important. Over the past months, I have shared about some of the individual trees that have become special to me. This month, I am going to share about a management issue.

One of the special benefits of working at Kew is that, as a centre of excellence in research, I get to hear of the pioneering work of leading researchers. This month, I am going to share with you about work on the use of tree statics. This....

Kevin Martin is the Arboricultural Manager at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. His special interests in work are of Tree risk management, management of veteran trees, and dealing with high target areas of foot fall. He have 12 years experience as a climbing arborist prior to becoming Manager of Arboriculture at RBG Kew.


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