Arbortec is to sponsor a first-of-its-kind event: a sponsored abseil off a prime Belfast building, the Europa Hotel, taking place on 14th June 2015. The event is being organised by Fund 4 Trees, a charity promoting sustainable treescapes (trees in our landscapes) by:
- promoting for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment by promoting sustainable treescapes.
- further educating the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of trees in the physical and natural environment.
- advancing research for the public benefit in all aspects of trees and to publish useful findings.
Details of the Fund 4 Trees Abseil are still being finalised and will be published here as soon as they are but the idea is that the abseil will be completed by professionals working in forestry and arboriculture who are sponsored by friends, businesses and members of the public. Local schools and communities will be involved. All proceeds go to scientists working to secure a sustainable future for our treescapes.
The Fund 4 Trees Abseil event is affiliated with a number of core supporters including the UK & Ireland chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, the Arboricultural Association and the Institute of Chartered Foresters
The Irish Forestry, Woodland and Bio-Energy Show (to give it its full and splendid title) is one for the diary; to be held on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May 2015 at the beautiful Stradbally Hall Estate in Co. Laois. This is great show to visit, camp in the grounds with fellow arborists – beers around the camp fire – and check out machinery and timber-related goods but more importantly the opportunity to enter the Irish National Tree Climbing Championships sponsored by Husqvarna. For more details go to http://www.ifwshow.ie
Potential funding may be available to you as a trainee wishing to undertake training or as an employer wishing to train up potential new members of staff.
To be eligible you generally have to be unemployed for at least a year and if the cost is over £500 it helps if you have an employer behind you willing to offer a job upon completion. There are other circumstances where you would be automatically eligible (i.e. barriers including homelessness, drug & alcohol misuse), plus anyone aged 18-24 is automatically eligible.
Arbortec has been made aware of this funding opportunity by our local employment support office, Network Personnel, which has branches across Northern Ireland. You may approach them directly in branch or via their website www.networkpersonnel.org.uk
The symptoms and life cycle of Ash Dieback are shown on this video released by the Food and Environment Agency (FERA). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1GpufLkBto&feature=plcp
Further information can also be found on www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara
The Irish Forestry Woodland and Bio Energy Show (www.ifwshow.ie) will be held on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May 2013 at Stradbally Hall, Co Laois.
The Irish Treecare Association will be running the Irish National Tree Climbing championships here. This will take the form of 5 disciplines: throw line, speed climb, foot lock, work climb and aerial rescue which are timed and scored by judges on day one. The five highest-scoring competitors then go through to the Masters Competition on day two. This could lead to competing in the European Tree Climbing championships held every year. For more information on tree climbing championships, go to www.isa-arbor.com.
As well as bringing together all those involved in the forestry and arboricultural industry to compare notes, it is a lively social weekend; there is camping in the grounds and with a lot of old and new friends getting together the nights are long and the craic is mighty!
The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme supports young people who are aged 18-30 and who are employed or working less than 16 hours a week. Support options on offer include: Business skills training and business planning support; Potential start-up loan funding (up to £4000 for a sole trader and up to £5000 for a partnership); In special circumstances, grants up to £1500; Up to 2 years’ support from a volunteer business mentor; Access to specialist support, including a free legal helpline.
For those who start a business, access to a wide range of free and discounted products/services. If you are considering starting your own business or know a young person who is, register for a workshop in your area.
13th December 2012 at King’s Hall Pavilions, King’s Hall Complex, Belfast
“Celebrating 27 years promoting the dairy industry, The Royal Ulster Winter Fair, sponsored by Northern Bank, is an established and successful event in the agricultural calendar. Visitors will see the highest quality of dairy cattle livestock on show as well as having the opportunity to find out what the industry has to offer. It also provides an excellent vehicle for exhibitors to market their products and services to the dairy farming industry. The event features showing classes for Holstein, Ayrshire, Dairy Shorthorn and Jersey breeds. With accommodation for 200 cattle and over 3500 sqm of trade stand space, this is an event not to be missed!”
Arbortec will be there to spread the good word about our licence-to-practice chainsaw training and maybe have a glass of milk!