“Ed Gilman is such a dynamic and engaging speaker. We feel very lucky to have use of his time for the NZ Arb Conference for 2018. Out of all of the Conferences I have been to, the one day that I have spared listening to Ed talk and impart his expert advice about formative tree pruning was by far the most memorable. It was great to listen to someone talk so informatively and passionately about a subject that I wanted to hear about!
The material truly resonated with me and is sure to engage our Dunedin audience!”

Testimonial 17/07/2018
David James – David James Tree Services and NZ Arb Committee Member

by Ed Gilman
by Ted Green
Saturday 10th November 11:00am - 12:30pm
Main House, Dunedin Botanical Gardens
6 Opoho Road, North Dunedin.
$100 + GST or $175 + GST for both workshops
NZ Arb is pleased to announce the involvement of Ted Green in his workshop in conjunction with the 2018 NZ Arb Conference.

This workshop will question what you thought you knew about trees.  “I think we have arrived at a point where it's impossible to say at this moment in time what Fungi, Bacteria or other micro-organism communities are actually doing in a tree. A tree is merely an individual, unique, dynamic support system for these communities occupying a tree.” – Ted Green.

The workshop will help you gain a better understand some of the issues that surround ancient trees and how to care for them – but before you can care for them, you need to be able to answer the fundamental question; What’s a tree?

Read the trees--an outdoor debate on the lines of the very successful Ancient Tree Forum gatherings in the UK.  Join Ted as he shares his experiences in the ever-changing world of arboriculture.  
Active participation required!

About Ted:
Founder member and President of the Ancient Tree Forum and Honorary Vice President of the International Tree Foundation. He was awarded an MBE in recognition for his work in conservation especially trees and fungi. He was awarded an honorary lectureship by Imperial College, University of London for his outstanding contribution as a technician to science and education. He was given the Arboricultural Association Annual Award for his services to arboriculture. Recently was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal by the Royal Forestry Society. Ted was named one of the 100 Environmental Earth shakers of all time in the Guardian newspaper in 2006.  Ted has worked for Natural England as Conservation Liaison Officer to the Crown Estates at Windsor and later became and remains their Conservation Consultant. Ted is a regular writer, broadcaster and speaks regularly at international conferences on ancient trees, Pollards, wood pasture and parkland and fungi.

NZ Arb is pleased to announce the Ed Gilman workshops in conjunction with the 2018 NZ Arb Conference.

“Our profession is changing; are you on top of your game now and can you deliver the latest strategies designed to provide the most professional care package? Whether it’s a tree with a one-inch trunk diameter or four-foot diameter, the strategies are similar.” – Ed Gilman.

This is to invite you to participate in a workshop intended to help you better understand “Designing sites to fit desirable trees” – The right tree for the right place is no longer enough, we need to be “Designing the right place for the right tree”. Learn how to design spaces to support tree growth so your design vision can be fulfilled. Topics include making space for tree roots, traditional urban landscape designs vs. designs that actually work and why.  And once the trees are in the ground, we need to know how to manage it, this workshop will draw on Ed’s considerable knowledge of practical experience, including
Prune at planting? I thought we didn't do that!
Comparing pruning approaches and methods on medium aged trees
Reducing risk on pruning mature trees
Experienced arborists, landscapers, and beginners alike will come away with a fresh, new perspective on evaluating and pruning trees for longevity.

About Ed:
Dr. Gilman has received the prestigious Authors citation award in 1999 from the International Society of Arboriculture for his books and websites on trees and landscape plants. He has also received the ISA educator and research awards. Dr. Gilman serves the landscape industry and allied professions with his teaching and research efforts nationwide. He is a woodworker and father of two daughters making his home in Jacksonville Florida with his wife of 35 years.
Spaces are limited so get in quick to secure your spot!

Saturday 10th November 9:00am - 10:30am
Main House, Dunedin Botanical Gardens
36 Opoho Road, North Dunedin.
$100 + GST or $175 + GST for both workshops


Thursday 8th November - 12:30pm- 1:15pm
Exhibition Hall - Main Auditorium
Included with student registrations
The event is open to all students in the area of the conference who are either studying Arboriculture full time, or are working in the industry as a trainee and are in their second or third year. 

There will be mentors from the industry who are prepared to share their experiences, the pathways they took, and answer your questions. They are people who are passionate about arboriculture, love trees, and love what they do. They include past presidents of the association, industry leaders, arborists from utilities, municipal, and contracting areas of the industry. 

Sitting down for lunch with industry mentors from different sectors, you will be able to gain an understanding of where your career pathway could take you, the different opportunities in the industry, the types of training you should be focussing on to further your career.  

lunch, you are welcome to view the trade show, and sit in on the conference educational sessions. Again this is all free to you. The following day, from midday will be the National Tree Climbing Competition. Come along and cheer on the best climbers in the country.  

To book in, please email the conference organiser
lea@on‐  before the 1st  October 2017.


By Mark Roberts
Saturday 10th November 
HD Skinner Annex Gallery, Otago Museum Reserve
10:30am to 11:15am

Advances in science and technology are progressing at a faster rate than they are being applied in the field.  By applying what we know to what we do, better decision making, more efficient tree work and improve the tree care can be achieved.
In this presentation I will compare what we know with what we do, and ask the question; are we doing the right thing?  By working smarter, by applying what we know to what we do we can approve efficiencies while improving the tree care on offer.  By using science, we can defend our actions, support our decisions and… in many situations do less to achieve more.

11:15am to 12:00pm

This presentation builds on ‘The myth of the urban forest’ which I gave in Seoul to the United Nations FAO. It explores the rate that change is occurring around our urban trees and questions the concept of the right tree in the right place.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that 60% of world’s population will live in urban areas by 2030. With the increase in urbanisation, comes increased spatial and environmental constraints on the urban forest. The ‘place’ that an urban tree grows it is likely to completely change two or three times during the life of the tree. Modern trees must be able to be managed and manipulated as the site that they grow in changes around them.
This presentation looks at the reality of pruning practices, urban ecology and tree risk. We shall consider who and what is actually driving urban tree management.  And then we will look at what we know we can do, what we have done, what can be done and what we need to do going forward.
For our urban trees and those that manage them, change is the only constant.