The 51st AA National Amenity Conference 2017 Protect and Survive Exeter University, 10–13 September 2017

CaptureMatthew is currently attending the 51st AA National Amenity Conference 2017 – Protect and Survive at Exeter University.

Run by the Arboricultural Association, the conference runs over 4 days. According to the planned programme for the event, ‘Protect and Survive’ will focus on Biosecurity, a subject of much concern to the industry and to the population at large.

To cover the variety of topics that affect Biosecurity, there will be a diverse array of 38 speaker sessions, including 10 prominent international speakers, to provide delegates with a comprehensive understanding of new research, developments and solutions. Tuesdays conference is presented in partnership with The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). This enables the chance for Expert speakers with a wider perspective than just the arboricultural view, to share their experiences from the ecology sector and the chance for delegates to network, discover new challenges, ideas and innovative solutions.

The sessions over the three days will cover Biosecurity: The challenges and exploring solutions, Diversity, Ecology and Tree Selection, Environmental Management in Practice, Pests and Diseases, Biomechanics and Morphology.

A Sunday field trip was also arranged before the conference at Killerton House & Gardens, where we have carried out various tree surgery works over over 10 years. Guest speakers to the group of Arboriculturalists were:

  • Horticulturist and Veitch Historian Caradoc Doy, introducing the Veitch seed collectors’ legacy.
  • Simon Toomer, National Specialist for Plant Conservation at The National Trust, who presented on the complexities of maintaining an historical tree collection for today’s public benefit.
  • Karl Emeleus, Head Gardener on the estate, explaining about the historical conservation site management and maintenance.
  • In the afternoon there was a talk on tree and plant propagation issues and biosecurity, from the Plant Propagation Manager for The National Trust, Chris Trimmer.

Matthew was asked to comment on the various works that we have undertaken there to the group of arboriculturalists from around the country. Killerton is one of Devon’s great estates, with a landscaped hillside garden and parkland. We have been carrying out work on the estate for over 10 years and it was great to be a part of the event yesterday.




Arboricultural Association Approved Contractor – Full Reapproval

ARB Approved Shield TM CMYKWe are pleased to announce that following our 4 yearly full re-assessment by the Arboricultural Association for their Approved Contractor scheme in June 2017, we were awarded a full re-approval with no advisories 😉

We have been Arboricultural Association Approved Contractors since 2008 and are proud that we have maintained our high standards working to best practice throughout this period and continuing as we roll towards our 10th year of achieving AAAC status next year.

For more info on the scheme please visit




Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

15326503_10157854926530181_3413236755430840965_nYou never know what you’re going to see when you inspect a tree! This little fairy door was found in the woods near Woodbury Common this month – seems we are not the only ones feeling festive!

East Devon Tree Care is closing for the Christmas period on 14th December 2016 to give our staff a well earned break after an extremely busy year. We will however be able to access emails during this period and will be back up and running on 2nd January 2017.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our customers. Many thanks for your custom and support in 2016 – much appreciated always.


Rope swings at National Trust Killerton House & Gardens

We were instructed by National Trust Killerton House & Gardens in August 2016 to install some rope swings within the garden grounds. Sometimes work is more fun than hard work! One of the toughest jobs faced by The National Trust Rangers was product testing the new rope swings – check out our Facebook page to see a video of them in action!

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