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Future Trees Seminar - Introduction Chair of the Arboricultural Association Irish Branch - Roy Goodwin


Future Trees: From Nursery to Urban Canopy. This is a single day seminar, organised by the Irish Branch of the Arboricultural Association, and is being held at the National Botanic Gardens conference centre, Dublin. The seminar addresses new improvements in the production and planting of landscape trees, and how tree plantings need to be better planned and managed in urban design.

Chair of the Arboricultural Association Irish Branch Roy Goodwin, explained that the seminar addresses two fundamental issues regarding the planting of urban trees in Ireland…..

The first issue, is that much of the tree planting in the 20th century has failed to provide the quality treescapes and canopy cover our towns and cities need. This failure largely stems from often simple mistakes in where trees are planted, the tree stock and species selected, and even how trees are planted. Essentially, the issue is that with more input of arboricultural knowledge, urban tree planting could be dramatically improved. Most arboriculturists and arborists focus on managing mature trees; that knowledge and experience needs to inform decisions on where, what and how young trees are planted. The problems and failures of so much urban tree planting are not due to one profession, group or industry. Numerous professions and industries influence where trees are planted, and what and how they’re planted. Accordingly, we need to recognise that one profession or industry alone cannot solve the problem.

This realisation leads to the second issue to be addressed. We need a structure or group, that brings together key people from the professions and industries that influence urban tree planting and design. This will include tree nurseries, landscape architects, arboriculturists, planners, engineers, and even utility companies and insurance companies for example. Only by talking with and informing each other can we really improve where, what and how trees are planted in our towns and cities. Such a group could then draw up improved guidance which all the professions and industries can sign up to.

The first speaker, Keith Sacre from Barcham Trees plc, is working on a new standard (BS 8545) which addresses the first issue of the need for more arboricultural knowledge to integrate best practice nursery production of trees with best practice landscape planting methods. The second speaker of the seminar is Martin Kelly, of Capita Lovejoy, founder of the Trees & Design Action group (www.tdag.org.uk). The TDAG brings together all the professions and industries and ‘stakeholders’ effecting urban design and trees. Originating in London, the TDAG has already produced ground breaking guidance on the planting and management of trees in urban design. (An Irish branch of the Trees & Design Action Group will be established later this year).

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