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Re: Forestry Journal improving.

Subject: Re: Forestry Journal improving.
From: Ben Maxted
Date: Dec 31 2013 10:29:06
looks to like Karen and her team are doing a great job,as expected.!
 We need clear headed ,clear thinking execs, aknowledge of the industry is
most helpful but not to the point where that knowledge clouds perception
and the ability to make correct decisions at the correct time
Happy New year to all
Ben M


On Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 9:41 AM, Alastair Durkin
<ADurkin@xxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk>wrote:

Hi John, well it's still early days after only a year in the job, but it
does seem that communications with members and between committees and
Trustees has been improved, as well as seeing Karen at quite a few events
(SE Branch AGM included - which was a first in my relatively short time). I
believe there is a lot more cross organisational work going on too, which
can only improve the profile of the AA.

It was great to see such a huge turnout at Conference too. The room used
for the AGM and Trustee elections had to be changed last minute due to
unprecedented numbers in attendance, which was very encouraging.

Alastair

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-----Original Message-----
From: John Flannigan [mailto:jdflannigan@xxxx.com]
Sent: 30 December 2013 15:20
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Re: Forestry Journal improving.

Not being a member of the AA I am out of the loop so it would be
interesting to understand what you mean by a 'grand job'. Can you share
some examples?
I think that whoever does this type of job has to have an empathy for the
subject but a raft of technical skills is not necessary (other than thh
strategic/business technical skills).

Happy New Year
John



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From: Alastair Durkin <ADurkin@xxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk>
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Sent: Monday, 30 December 2013, 11:45
Subject: RE: Forestry Journal improving.


After seeing the grand job that Karen Martin has done with the AA over the
past year, I'm now convinced that a knowledge of trees is one of the least
desirable prerequisites of a Chief Exec (or similar level post) job
description in the arb/forestry industry. The job requires different
skills. Those jobs involving trees can be delegated to the many employees
who are tree specialists.

Alastair

-----Original Message-----
From: andersonarb@xxxx.com [mailto:andersonarb@xxxx.com]
Sent: 30 December 2013 10:24
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Forestry Journal improving.

One of the magazines that eventually finds its way into our office is the
Forestry Journal. My dad subscribes to it, (despite being almost 80 he's
still got dreams of buying a big harvester and vanishing into the forests).
It used to be called Forest Machine Journal and while it contained some
interesting articles I was inclined to dismiss it as it catered more to the
Petrol-Head part of the Arb fraternity. (I think that was Dealga's
description, it should be diesel-head but I got his point.)


Anyway the point of this missive is that the most recent issue (December)
seems to be getting more in line with UKTC-sympathies (as I perceive them)
and kicks off with an editorial moaning about the fact that the ad for the
new Forestry Commission Chairman contains not a mention of trees and that
anyone reading the mag would be over-qualified for the post! While I don't
hold with all of that it's got a point.... It also has a moan about the
Woodland Trust who also need a new Chief Executive, and unsurprisingly a
knowledge of trees is not included in the job description.


Elsewhere they point out that involving the public in finding incidences
of Chalara is not a lot of point when the average Joe/Joanna can't tell an
Ash from a Rowan.While it's still got the diesel-heads lamenting the
glories of County Tractors it's also got a decent article on PAWS
restoration by John Jackson (past CEO of the RFS) and a very interesting
article on planting trees in British Columbia, focusing on the fitness of
the planters more than anything. These two articles are on-line as it
happens, although only as scanned PDFs.
http://www.forestryjournal.co.uk/newsitefiles/2013/1213/Paws.pdf


http://www.forestryjournal.co.uk/newsitefiles/2013/1213/Planting.pdf


I should also note that the editorial (a while ago) gave Countryfile a
decent kicking over their reactionary views on Forestry which was picked up
by the mainstream press. So all in all those of us who were dismissing the
publication ought not to be so hasty, possibly.


Bill.







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