BS3998:2010 National Roadshow

Following our very successful training seminar relating to the changes made to the revised British Standard B.S.3998:2010 Tree Work Recommendations, which we ran on a local level in Devon, we have been invited by the Arboricultural Association, to run the event on a national level.

The invitation has been extended to Aspect Tree Consultancy to run the event at various venues across the country in association with the Arboricultural Association.

Dominic Scanlon from Aspect and Paul Smith from the AA will be presenting the seminar on the following dates at the following locations.

25th March – Newquay, Cornwall
29th March – Haywards Heath, Sussex
30th March – Needham Market, Suffolk
6th April – Leicester, Leicestershire
7th April – Preston, Lancashire
12th April – Perth, Scotland

Further information and booking details can be obtained from the AA website. www.trees.org.uk

The event highlights important changes which have been made to the British Standard which was last updated in 1989, since which time there has been significant progress within the tree care industry, brought about by research and development, changes to the Health & Safety and Wildlife & Habitat legislation, together with the introduction of new and improved equipment to aid tree climbing and pruning techniques/operations.

The changes call for more considered tree work specifications and improved practices when undertaking tree works.  The new document also emphasises the need to consider the whole tree including the management of the rooting environment and the wildlife which they often support and the habitat that they provide. All in all, the revised standard removes the emphasis on target pruning and tree surgery and focuses more on tree care which in my opinion is a very refreshing and welcome approach.

These changes will impact upon anyone who owns or manages trees and particularly so when applying to undertake works to protected trees or woodlands when compliance with the new standard will be essential.

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