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30th March 2017

VETcert needs your input

 by Jezz

Veteran tree work at Burnham Beeches

VETcert, the project to develop a Europe-wide accreditation scheme for those working on veteran trees, officially started in December with partners from seven European countries meeting in Brussels. As part of the standard setting stage of the project, the ATF is now seeking the views of stakeholders within the UK on the minimum requirements for those working on veteran trees.

The ATF is a main partner in the project and is leading on the standard setting section of the project in recognition of the wealth of experience and knowledge within the organisation. Since December, work has also begun on researching existing accreditation schemes in other sectors, to see what can be learnt from them.

A short questionnaire has been produced which includes questions on specific issues relating to veteran trees in the UK as well as questions on the minimum knowledge and skills required for those working at both a practicing level (tree surgeons) and at a consulting level.

We would welcome the input of the ATF’s supporters who are asked to complete the online survey by Friday 21 April. For more information about the VETcert project, contact Jim Mullholland, Training and Technical Officer, at training@ancienttreeforum.co.uk.

Complete the survey here

VETcert logo Mar 2017

Posted by: Hannah Solloway Hannah is the Development Officer for the Ancient Tree Forum.

4 Comments | Leave a Comment

  • Steven Burkitt says:
    Posted April 26, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Is it possible to see the current format of the proposed VETCERT, unfortunately I missed the deadline for the survey

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    • Jim Mullholland (ATF Training and Technical Officer) says:
      Posted April 27, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Hi Steven,
      The deadline for the survey has been extended to the end of the month, so there is still time. I’m not quite sure what you mean by the current format of VETcert. If you’d like to email (training@ancienttreeforum.co.uk) , I’d be happy to discuss further.
      Jim

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  • Rob Ingall says:
    Posted May 04, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Hello – I have lived in France for over 25 years and have had a career in trees both in the UK, Germany and France. Now mostly retired, I have been approached by the French representative of VETcert for help, comments, pointers to good practise. I don’t feel that I am up to speed on veteran tree care in the UK although it appears more thorough and extensive than here in France. Could I have from you a telephone number that I could use to discuss the situation with an expert in this field. Thanking you in advance.
    Rob Ingall

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    • Jim says:
      Posted May 05, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Rob,
      Please drop me an email (training@ancienttreeforum.co.uk) , and we can discuss.
      Jim

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