Tree risk management at Kew

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Tony Kirkham                                                                                                                                              Head of the Arboretum, Gardens and Horticultural Services, RBG Kew.                                                                         Following an apprenticeship in the forestry industry and 2 years as an arborist, in 1978 Tony started at The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew on the 3 year Diploma course, graduating in 1981 In 2001 he became the Head of the Arboretum and Horticultural Services, responsible for the management and curation of the 14,000 trees in the collections. He has participated and led several plant collecting expeditions to Chile and the Far East of Asia, including China, Taiwan, Japan, S. Korea and Russia. In 2004 he completed the revision of the “Pruning of Trees Shrubs and Conifers” with Timber Press. He featured in the BBC2 series “A Year at Kew” and presented the “Trees that made Britain” for BBC2. He represents Kew on the RHS bursaries and woody plant committee, the International Dendrology Society, and is a trustee of the Yorkshire Arboretum and TROBI, (Tree Register of the British Isles). In 2009 he was awarded the Associate of Honour by the RHS for distinguished service to horticulture. As Head of the Arboretum at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew he has written the corporate policy and procedures for the risk management of the tree collections and developed a tree risk assessment management system TRAMS that assists with the recording of hazard evaluation.