The Future of Tree Risk Management

Exploring the Context and Principles for Non-defensive Risk Management

Venue: Woburn House Conference Centre, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ

Date: 15th September 2006


A one-day Treework Environmental Practice seminar, in partnership with the Arboricultural Association & DARM (The Centre for Decision Analysis & Risk Management, Middlesex University).

  • Risk management trends from a multi-sectorial perspective
  • Lessons learnt from other sectors in society for arboricultural risk evaluation
  • Exploration of principles to establish a rational framework for non-defensive risk management in arboriculture


Professor John Adams, Professor of Geography, University College London
Regaining a sense of proportion in a risk-averse world

Professor David J Ball, Professor of Risk Management, Co-Director Centre for Decision Analysis & Risk Management, School of Health & Social Sciences, Middlesex University, Queensway, Enfield
The study of risk & its evolution as a discipline & how understanding of this background can help to inform new approaches to risk management of potential relevance to arboriculture

Dr David Lonsdale, Consultant on Tree Health & Structural Integrity, Expert Witness in Tree Failure Cases
Current issues in arboricultural risk assessment & management:

John WattSenior Lecturer in Risk Management; Co-ordinator Centre for Decision Analysis & Risk Management, School of Health and Social Sciences
Risk in the context of cultural heritage: A case study

Neville Fay, Treework Environmental Practice Principal Consultant & Practice Manager
The quest for an authoritative, non-defensive approach to managing trees

Mike Ellison, Principal arboricultural consultant, Cheshire Woodlands Arboricultural Consultancy
From the Defect Led Approach to Rational Risk Management - A Paradigm Shift for Tree Managers

Nick Eden, Director of the Arboricultural Association
Towards a National Standard for Tree Risk Inspection