26th July 2021
Arboriculturist Spelling

How do you spell: Arboriculturist?

A person who practices professional arboriculture is termed an Arboriculturalist / Arboriculturist. The different terms are often used interchangeably, but which one is the correct spelling? The Oxford English Dictionary has the noun of arboriculture as arboriculturist; likewise, the Collins dictionary refers to arboriculturist (they don’t list Arboriculturalist). Leading authorities within the industry are clear. The Terms and Definitions of the British Standard 5837:2012 refer to an arboriculturist (as a person who has, through relevant education, training and experience, gained […]
7th January 2021

AWA Tree Consultants: continue to provide tree surveys for planning.

Despite the issues across the country, we have been keeping remarkably busy at AWA tree consultants. Last year, our small team of exceptional tree consultants have successfully undertaken over 500 job instructions. We have been involved in tree surveys for some fantastic infrastructure projects, including major new road building, new windfarms, flood alleviation schemes, business parks, schools, hospitals, and major housing developments. As well as hundreds of tree survey reports for planning projects for owner-occupiers or very small-scale housing developers.  […]
29th September 2020

VALID: Tree Risk-Benefit Management in Yorkshire

AWA Tree Consultants regularly inspect and risk assess many thousands of trees, around the Yorkshire region and the UK, as part of Tree Safety and Risk Management surveys. There is often a need to undertake detailed risk assessments for trees to ensure we can provide our clients with appropriate, proportionate recommendations, that manage the risk while retaining the benefits our clients appreciate from their trees. All our tree risk surveys are undertaken by experienced and qualified arboriculturists. In addition to […]
26th July 2021
Arboriculturist Spelling

How do you spell: Arboriculturist?

A person who practices professional arboriculture is termed an Arboriculturalist / Arboriculturist. The different terms are often used interchangeably, but which one is the correct spelling? The Oxford English Dictionary has the noun of arboriculture as arboriculturist; likewise, the Collins dictionary refers to arboriculturist (they don’t list Arboriculturalist). Leading authorities within the industry are clear. The Terms and Definitions of the British Standard 5837:2012 refer to an arboriculturist (as a person who has, through relevant education, training and experience, gained […]
23rd October 2020
‌Lincolnshire-Trees

Why would you need tree surveys in Lincolnshire?

Lincolnshire was described in a BBC article this week as having the lowest tree cover in the county. But is this accurate? From our experience of regularly undertaking tree surveys in Lincolnshire, this doesn’t necessarily ring true. We review the claim and critically look at the reasons suggested for Lincolnshire’s low tree cover: The BBC article “Gardens help towns and cities beat countryside for tree cover” detailed research which estimated the percentage of tree cover in different parts of the […]
12th October 2020

Do trees improve mental wellbeing and reduce stress?

Evidence showing that trees support mental wellbeing and stress relief.
6th December 2019
Joseph Beuys digging

Joseph Beuys: The Art of Arboriculture

Many great artists have drawn or painted trees, yet increasingly artists have used trees not a subject but as the substance of the art itself. Some of the best art using trees includes chainsaw sculptors carving into dead or fallen trees, or tree-shaping – making living trees grow into artworks – or artists harnessing the natural colour and beauty of trees to sculpt amazing geometric shapes. Here AWA Tree Consultant Dr Felicity Stout details what is possibly the best example […]
25th July 2018
Mao Feng Shui Forest

How China’s Feng Shui forests survived Chairman Mao’s infamous ‘war against nature’.

The mission of Communist China’s ‘Great Leap Forward’ was to ‘conquer nature’. This mission was carried out with devastating efficiency in the name of a stronger China. Famously this foolhardy war against nature led to Mao instructing farmers to kill wild sparrows, as they were apparently eating too much grain and reducing productivity. This mass cull of the harmless birds had numerous associated negative environmental impacts. The Great Leap Forward also led to a massive loss of China’s forests, largely […]
24th May 2018
Ashoka

Ashoka and Arboriculture in India.

It is commonly believed that street trees originated in the capital cities of Europe in the 1500s. First in France, then Holland and then to London and the rest of the continent. This European history of street trees is rightly uncontested. However, there is compelling evidence of a vast network of managed street trees, from over 2000 years ago. A massive programme of tree planting and arboricultural management along routes over many thousands of miles across India and South Asia. […]
26th July 2021
Arboriculturist Spelling

How do you spell: Arboriculturist?

A person who practices professional arboriculture is termed an Arboriculturalist / Arboriculturist. The different terms are often used interchangeably, but which one is the correct spelling? The Oxford English Dictionary has the noun of arboriculture as arboriculturist; likewise, the Collins dictionary refers to arboriculturist (they don’t list Arboriculturalist). Leading authorities within the industry are clear. The Terms and Definitions of the British Standard 5837:2012 refer to an arboriculturist (as a person who has, through relevant education, training and experience, gained […]
7th January 2021

AWA Tree Consultants: continue to provide tree surveys for planning.

Despite the issues across the country, we have been keeping remarkably busy at AWA tree consultants. Last year, our small team of exceptional tree consultants have successfully undertaken over 500 job instructions. We have been involved in tree surveys for some fantastic infrastructure projects, including major new road building, new windfarms, flood alleviation schemes, business parks, schools, hospitals, and major housing developments. As well as hundreds of tree survey reports for planning projects for owner-occupiers or very small-scale housing developers.  […]
23rd October 2020
‌Lincolnshire-Trees

Why would you need tree surveys in Lincolnshire?

Lincolnshire was described in a BBC article this week as having the lowest tree cover in the county. But is this accurate? From our experience of regularly undertaking tree surveys in Lincolnshire, this doesn’t necessarily ring true. We review the claim and critically look at the reasons suggested for Lincolnshire’s low tree cover: The BBC article “Gardens help towns and cities beat countryside for tree cover” detailed research which estimated the percentage of tree cover in different parts of the […]
12th October 2020

Do trees improve mental wellbeing and reduce stress?

Evidence showing that trees support mental wellbeing and stress relief.
29th September 2020

VALID: Tree Risk-Benefit Management in Yorkshire

AWA Tree Consultants regularly inspect and risk assess many thousands of trees, around the Yorkshire region and the UK, as part of Tree Safety and Risk Management surveys. There is often a need to undertake detailed risk assessments for trees to ensure we can provide our clients with appropriate, proportionate recommendations, that manage the risk while retaining the benefits our clients appreciate from their trees. All our tree risk surveys are undertaken by experienced and qualified arboriculturists. In addition to […]
4th August 2020
Sheffield Arboricultural Consultant

Trees to Tries: Arboricultural Consultant in Sheffield goes to Canada

This week Sheffield based Arboricultural Consultant Patrick Rowntree is leaving the ranks of AWA Tree Consultants to head to the land of the Acer spp. Before joining AWA Tree Consultants, Patrick had enjoyed playing competitive rugby around the globe including several years in the apogee of the rugby playing world; New Zealand. Upon returning to England, he had resided himself to a less physical means of income and looked set to enjoy a career as an Arboricultural Consultant for AWA […]
26th June 2020
Trees-in-the-age-of-coronavirus

Trees in the Time of Coronavirus

The Covid-19 pandemic has been described as perhaps the biggest global crisis of our generation, and one that will probably shape the world for years to come. The impact on healthcare systems, the economy, politics and culture are already noticeable. While the associated lockdown created virtual ghost-towns of most urban areas, there was an upsurge of people visiting nearby green spaces. For many people, the pandemic has led to a direct realisation of the profound value of local accessible green […]
5th June 2020

Tree Survey for Planning in Sheffield

AWA Tree Consultants recently helped with a tree survey for planning in Sheffield with approval of two major developments: Expansion of Sheffield Business Park (SBP) and Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP). The sites form one of the largest business parks in Yorkshire, that forms part of the wider 740-acre scheme within the Sheffield City Region. Council planners had initially been concerned regarding possible large scale clearance of trees. However, after our tree survey we identified suitable management to open up […]
23rd March 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19 and AWA Tree Consultants

These are strange and fast-moving times! While it’s not quite “business as usual” we’re keeping busy at AWA, ensuring minimal disruption to client’s projects, while closely following all government guidelines. Our key priorities are keeping the AWA team safe and busy, with minimal disruption to clients in the coming months. We are lucky compared to many jobs in that tree surveying is generally lone working in the fresh air, so is very low risk. While we have the benefits and […]
11th February 2020

AWA are Hiring a Tree Consultant

Due to continued growth we are looking for an arboriculturist to join our existing team of tree consultants. We are a small friendly tree consultancy based in Sheffield. Most of our tree surveys are in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and the surrounding counties, but we often work further afield and cover most of England. We offer our private, commercial and public-sector clients a range of tree consultant services, including: BS:5837 tree surveys for development, tree risk surveys and mortgage surveys. You […]
6th January 2020
AWA Tree Survey Sites

Tree Surveys in Yorkshire and Beyond!

At the start of 2020 we’ve had a quick review of the last year and looked at where we’ve been undertaking tree surveys, creating an AWA Tree Survey Map of 2019! Last year has been the busiest yet for AWA Tree Consultants, with over 500 job instructions across the country. It’s clear we are busy looking at trees in our own neck of the woods – with most tree surveys in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and the surrounding counties of […]
6th December 2019
Joseph Beuys digging

Joseph Beuys: The Art of Arboriculture

Many great artists have drawn or painted trees, yet increasingly artists have used trees not a subject but as the substance of the art itself. Some of the best art using trees includes chainsaw sculptors carving into dead or fallen trees, or tree-shaping – making living trees grow into artworks – or artists harnessing the natural colour and beauty of trees to sculpt amazing geometric shapes. Here AWA Tree Consultant Dr Felicity Stout details what is possibly the best example […]
29th November 2019
Arborist Magazine

AWA Tree Consultants in the Arb Magazine

AWA Tree Consultants have been published in the Winter 2019 edition of the ARB Magazine, the quarterly publication for Members of the Arboricultural Association, with a review article titled: “Tree experts get on the mic”. Since 1964 the Arboricultural Association has promoted trees and the professionals who enable their sustainable management. It aims to be at the cutting edge of tree knowledge, set the agenda for trees in the built environment and show leadership on how best to care for […]
4th November 2019
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

AWA Tree Consultant visits the largest tree on Earth.

Last month AWA Tree Consultant Adam was lucky enough to visit some of the world’s largest trees at the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the Sierra Nevada, California. Here he details an experience that should be on any tree lovers bucket list! The National Park was initially created, and protected from loggers, due to the efforts of the influential Scottish-American naturalist John Muir, who is quoted as saying: “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find […]
1st October 2019
Dr Charles Mynors

Tree Consultants at Street Trees and Politics Conference, Sheffield

The team at AWA recently went to the Sheffield University Conference; “Street Trees and Politics”. The conference was in response to Sheffield’s infamous “street tree crises” or “chainsaw massacre“, which was a result of Sheffield Council letting a 25-year maintenance contract for tree care to Amey, whose actions led to public outcry and international reporting. The conference explored the issue of street trees and politics in greater depth, addressing not just the Sheffield situation, but the wide range of issues […]
21st September 2019
Tree Experts

Arboricultural Experts Discuss Tree Risk

A few of the team from AWA Tree Consultants travelled down to the Arboricultural Association Midland Branch Seminar, held at the Hawkesyard Estate in Staffordshire. It was an excellent day of high-end arboriculture, with presentations from Jeremy Barrell and Dr. David Lonsdale – two leading expert witnesses in arboriculture. The day began with an open forum led by the audience, to discuss tree risk management. Questions fielded by Jeremy and David included: Ash dieback and tree risk. The requirement – […]
5th July 2019
Tree Inspection AWA Trees

AWA Tree Consultants: Professional Tree Inspection in Staffordshire

Recently AWA Tree Consultant, Patrick, undertook the LANTRA Award in Professional Tree Inspection, provided by The Arboricultural Association in Staffordshire. He hoped to join his colleagues at AWA by gaining this invaluable qualification (who’d all passed with flying colours – so no pressure Patrick!). Here’s what he had to say about his experience on the course: The first of three days (two for training, and a third for assessment), begins with the obligatory introduction session, whereby everyone is paired-up and […]
14th June 2019
Leeds Urban Forestry

Making Space for Trees in Leeds, with Green Streets

The team from AWA Tree Consultants recently attended Leeds Becket University for the Institute of Chartered Foresters 2019 North England Group event (in association with Green Blue Urban) – Green Streets: Making Space for Trees. It was a well-attended event with over 100 delegates present. Many of which were tree officers, arboricultural consultants, landscape and engineering professionals from the Yorkshire region and neighbouring Local Authorities, including Kirklees, Harrogate, Manchester, Amber Valley and Sheffield. The day was chaired by Alan Simson, […]
31st May 2019
Tree Survey for Planning

Are tree survey reports needed for all planning applications?

If you don’t consider the trees on your development site as significant, do you still need a tree survey for planning? Perhaps it’s only a small extension, or a rebuild with increased footprint, or the only trees are situated on the boundary or in adjacent land – you may be wondering: is a tree survey report needed for our planning application? AWA Tree Consultants often provide tree surveys and reports for large-scale housing developments. Our clients include planners and developers […]
7th May 2019
Ancient tree survey Yorkshire

Tree survey for historic garden in South Yorkshire

AWA Tree Consultants recently undertook a large-scale tree inspection and tree risk assessment of the trees at the stately home of Wortley Hall in South Yorkshire, which dates back to the late 16th century. The site is in the village and civil parish of Wortley, approximately 9.5 miles north of Sheffield city centre, and 8 miles south of Barnsley. It consists of a stately home, currently in use as a hotel, caravan park and business centre. It has large associated […]
19th February 2019
South Yorkshire trees

Locum Arboricultural Officers for Yorkshire Planning Authority.

In spring 2017 AWA Tree Consultants undertook locum Tree Officer related work for Rotherham Metropolitan Council. Rotherham’s previous Tree Manager retired in early 2017 and as a result there was a backlog of planning related arboricultural survey work that needed to be completed. We provided temporary assistance for around 6 months, until the Council recruited for the post. Rotherham is a large town in South Yorkshire between Sheffield and Doncaster, together with its outlying settlements it forms the Metropolitan Borough […]
8th January 2019
Sycamore Tree

The Great Maple or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sycamore

In Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” there is a famous scene where John Cleese’s character ‘Brother Reg’ is trying to incite his gang to rebel against the occupying Roman army. After a few minutes of debate, he utters the immortal line: “Alright! – but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?” Well, we could also add “The Sycamore” to this list. Although […]
16th November 2018
National Tree Officers Conference

AWA Tree Consultants at the National Tree Officers Conference

The team at AWA Tree Consultants recently attended the 3rd annual National Tree Officers Conference. Organised by the London Tree Officers Organisation, Municipal Tree Officers Association and the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the event took place at Telford’s Oakengates Theatre. AWA Arboriculturist Patrick Rowntree discusses a few of the talks and issues that he personally found most interesting from the day… It was a well-organised and smoothly-run event that was well worth attending; however, the diverse range of topics meant some […]
6th November 2018
Western Road Trees Sheffield

Sheffield War Memorial Trees to be Saved

It has been reported that 32 of the 35 war memorial trees which were scheduled to be felled are set to be saved using engineering solutions. Councillor Lewis Dagnall, Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene, said: I am confirming that we have developed a plan to retain 32 of the 35 war memorial trees that were originally earmarked for replacement…“Residents have been clear with me that they would like war memorial trees to be treated as a special case.” Green Party […]
11th September 2018
Mortgage tree survey reports for home-buyers

Mortgage tree survey and reports for home-buyers.

Trees provide significant benefits to property owners. Not only can they make a property more attractive, but studies have shown that nearby trees can increase property prices by up to 11%. However, if trees are highlighted as a potential problem when buying a new property, then there is a danger they can become a time-consuming, stressful and expensive hassle for the buyer. In a recent poll, two thirds of people voted moving-house top of their stress list, so the last […]
31st July 2018
Tree Poverty

Tree Poverty: The impact of austerity on our urban forests.

The North-South divide in the UK is inescapable, not only in economic terms but also in areas such as culture, health, life expectancy and transport. New evidence suggests a nation already divided along geo-political and economic lines, may also be divided arboriculturally. A recent Sunday Times article revealed that ‘More than 110,000 trees have been chopped down in three years by councils across the UK — equivalent to a sixth of the size of Sherwood Forest … According to Defra, […]
25th July 2018
Mao Feng Shui Forest

How China’s Feng Shui forests survived Chairman Mao’s infamous ‘war against nature’.

The mission of Communist China’s ‘Great Leap Forward’ was to ‘conquer nature’. This mission was carried out with devastating efficiency in the name of a stronger China. Famously this foolhardy war against nature led to Mao instructing farmers to kill wild sparrows, as they were apparently eating too much grain and reducing productivity. This mass cull of the harmless birds had numerous associated negative environmental impacts. The Great Leap Forward also led to a massive loss of China’s forests, largely […]
4th July 2018
Trainee Tree Consultant

We’re Hiring a Trainee Tree Consultant

We are looking for an enthusiastic future arboriculturist to join our existing team of tree consultants. You will assist our lead tree consultants with our increasing work-load, helping us provide high quality tree surveys to a range of clients. We are a small friendly tree consultancy based in Sheffield. Most of our tree surveys are in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and the surrounding counties, but we often work further afield and cover most of England. We offer our private, commercial and public-sector […]
22nd June 2018
AWA Tree Consultants Yorkshire

Do you need an arboricultural consultant for a tree survey for planning?

Many companies in the environmental and planning sectors now offer ‘arboricultural services’. From large multi-national consultancies to smaller ecologists or landscape architect companies – there are an increasing number of slick websites offering ‘tree surveys for planning’. As these professions deal with the environment or ‘green stuff’, is there much difference? Is it worth seeking out a specialised arboricultural consultant or could some other environmental professional undertake a tree survey for planning and development purposes? Perhaps unsurprisingly, our view at […]
4th June 2018
AWA School Sites 2018

Tree surveys and risk assessments for schools

Trees in school grounds create inspiring learning spaces. In urban areas, trees in schools are often the main way young people connect with nature in their day-to-day lives. Trees do a lot more than make the school look pleasant, it’s even been shown in studies that students learn better with views of trees! The overall risk from trees to students, staff and visitors at schools is extremely low. Trees cause very few serious injuries; however, as the owner of trees, […]
24th May 2018
Ashoka

Ashoka and Arboriculture in India.

It is commonly believed that street trees originated in the capital cities of Europe in the 1500s. First in France, then Holland and then to London and the rest of the continent. This European history of street trees is rightly uncontested. However, there is compelling evidence of a vast network of managed street trees, from over 2000 years ago. A massive programme of tree planting and arboricultural management along routes over many thousands of miles across India and South Asia. […]
10th May 2018
Sheffield Trees

The State of Trees in Sheffield

Sheffield has a lot of trees. This fact makes Sheffield a great place to live and work. AWA Tree Consultants are based in the heart of Sheffield and all our arboriculturists live in or near the city. Sheffield’s various trees collectively form our urban forest. Components of the urban forest range from isolated individual trees, lines of trees alongside roads and wider groups of amenity trees’ in parks, to urban woodlands. The trees in Sheffield’s urban forest are owned and […]
30th April 2018
Trees and urban planning

Trees in the Planning Process

AWA Tree Consultants went to a recent half-day event: Trees in the Planning Process. It was hosted in Oxford by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South East and the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). The RTPI South East provides a range of services for members in the region. It offers affordable seminars and events for professional development, and acts as a champion for planning. The event was co-hosted by the ICF, which is the UK’s Royal Chartered professional body […]
9th April 2018
Leeds Tree Survey

Tree Survey for Planning in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

AWA Tree Consultants recently helped gain planning approval for 50 new dwellings with associated access. Our tree survey for planning in Leeds, West Yorkshire, minimised the impact on important trees at the site and maximised the development potential. The site was the former West Park Centre on the eastern side of Spen Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire. The Centre was demolished a few years ago, and much of the central part of the site remains covered with hard surfacing. There are […]
6th March 2018
Arboriculturists around the Major Oak

Thinking Arbs Day with the Arboricultural Association

The Arboricultural Association is the leading voice on all tree matters in the UK, they provide a home and membership for all professionals within the arboricultural sector – from qualified and experienced arboricultural consultants to those starting out in the industry – they champion the sustainable management of trees in places where people live work and play – for the benefit of Society. All the tree surveyors and arboriculturists at AWA Tree Consultants are members of the Arboricultural Association, either […]
2nd March 2018
The Northern Forest: History

A common wealth of trees? Tree-planting past and present

The U.K government recently unveiled plans for ‘The Northern Forest’ – a 25-year tree planting scheme to create a ‘vast ribbon of woodland’ along the M62 corridor from Liverpool and Chester to Hull. The Northern Forest will link up fragmented woodland along the M62 belt and will deliver flood mitigation for up to 190,000 new homes, lock up over 7 million tonnes of carbon, boost wildlife habitat and contribute to northern England’s natural capital and ecosystem services. It is an […]
19th February 2018
Tree Survey Wakefield

Wakefield Tree Survey for Planning.

AWA Tree Consultants undertook arboricultural surveys in the Wakefield area that recently helped secure planning approval and meet planning conditions in relation to tree protection at the former Castleford, Normanton and District Hospital, West Yorkshire. The site is a triangular area of land which covers 4.4 hectares and was predominantly used as an administration base for various trust teams by the hospital. The site has many mature trees throughout that are covered by a tree preservation order. Our tree survey […]
29th December 2017
Tree Surveys across England

Have Arboriculturists – Will Travel!

As 2017 draws to a close, we’ve had a look back at some of the places where we’ve been undertaking tree surveys and created an AWA Tree Survey Map of England! This year we’ve undertaken tree consultancy work in a variety of locations, and we’ve inspected some great trees! One of the good things about being based in Sheffield is that most places in England are easy to get to. The map shows our core area for work, which runs […]
17th November 2017

Projects: Tree survey at Lincolnshire’s International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)

The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) in Lincoln, is a world-class facility to serve as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command. During WWII over a million men and women served or supported Bomber Command. They came from 62 nations across the world and were united in their efforts to protect the freedom we enjoy today. Lincoln has been chosen for the site as it provides a central point for all 27 bases that earned Lincolnshire the […]