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  • Women In Arb - The Special!
    It all happens in a virtual coffee shop. Michelle Ryan, Chair of the Arboricultural Association, has created a Women in Arb group, and for this episode, Sharon has joined her and a group of ladies in the profession to discuss everything from a woman's point of view.If you're looking to get into this profession, this is […]
  • Michelle Ryan - Women In Arb - Soundbite
    Michelle Ryan, Chair of the Arboricultural Association, talks to Sharon for this episode of Women in Arb. 
  • Women In Arb Soundbite with Claire Harbinson
    This is a taster of a long documentary entirely featuring women who are working in the arboricultural industry - tree surgeon, tree officer, arboricultural consultants, a career-changer,  a technical specialist, and the Chair of the Arboricultural Association. And it's all conducted in a virtual coffee shop.  

Women In Arb – The Special!

It all happens in a virtual coffee shop. 

Michelle Ryan, Chair of the Arboricultural Association, has created a Women in Arb group, and for this episode, Sharon has joined her and a group of ladies in the profession to discuss everything from a woman's point of view.

If you're looking to get into this profession, this is a fascinating insight from people who do it, and some great views about what is happening in the industry from a female perspective, including interviews with Lesley Adams, Claire Harbinson, Georgi Ennis, Michelle Ryan herself, Stella Bolam and Theri Riechlin, with contributions from Sophie Chappell of the Arboricultural Association, Sarah Maddox (Bartlett UK), Bettina Broadway-Mann, Sara Noons, (Gloucestershire Council), Jane Conway, Laura Gardener and Sheila Bishop. 

Women In Arb Soundbite with Claire Harbinson

This is a taster of a long documentary entirely featuring women who are working in the arboricultural industry – tree surgeon, tree officer, arboricultural consultants, a career-changer,  a technical specialist, and the Chair of the Arboricultural Association. 

And it's all conducted in a virtual coffee shop.  

Naomi Zurcher – Beetle Busting Bronx Style – And more!

In this episode, Naomi explains the path her career took when a career in dance was set aside for a chance to work in arboriculture.  She explains:-

Growing up in Bronx NY and studying dance and music throughout my formative years, I would never have imagined the professional life realized.

 I studied Botany, Horticulture, Landscape Design, but nothing fit until my first hike in the Catskills (NY) Forever Wild forest. My tree journey led me to the developing world of Urban Forestry studies and a relationship with Federal and State Urban Foresters, enabling me to 

   • co-author the Federal ReLeaf U&CF program for NY State; implement /chair the program in NYC;

   • author Recommendations for an Urban Forest Management Plan;

   • coordinate international and local educational conferences, seminars and workshops for 

      professionals and concerned citizens;

   • develop/ initiate informed stewardship/ citizen science opportunities for concerned NY 

      residents, e.g. the Asian Longhorned Beetle NYC Public Outreach program (Federally-funded).

 I became a Certified Arborist in 1996, working as a Consulting Arborist, specializing in reviewing/ editing/ authoring Tree/ Landscape Preservation/ Protection specifications for large public infrastructure projects, developing a “Building WITH Trees” approach to design and build.

 I co-organized and chaired NYC Root Zone, a 501-c-3, authoring publications and providing informal educational opportunities for landscape professionals. I am now semi-retired, living in Luzern Switzerland and working to enhance and advance European Urban Forestry through 

   • contributions to COST projects;

   • the Swiss federally funded Climate Change Adaptation project;

   • implementation of i-Tree as an i-Tree team affiliate member;

   • European Forum on Urban Forestry steering committee membership.