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Tree Climbers’ Forum

Welcome to the Tree Climbers’ Forum

The Arboricultural Association hosts the Tree Climbers’ Forum as a key interactive ARB Show attraction each year. The forum gives arborists the chance to get impartial advice on climbing kit, techniques and have a go with practical demonstrations.

We hope you find the resources available in the virtual tree climbers’ forum useful!


Video courtesy: ©Climbing Arborist

Tree Climbers’ Forum Webinars

Work at Height: Two Rope Systems

Part 1 - One Primary Rope Two Lanyards

Work at Height: Working with new regulations


Presented by TreeKit

We will be premiering a video on 2 rope techniques on our YouTube channel during the event. Terry Banyard will be running through different setups needed to get you up and running on the new guidelines. We will be posting the time of the premier to our Instagram channel.

We will be premiering this at 2pm on Saturday.

Below are links to our YouTube channel for the Live Stream and our Instagram.

Knot tying for Arborists

With Matthew Cooper, AA Scotland Branch

Ever wonder if the bowline really is the best attachment knot or if you are even tying it correctly? Want to try the superior distel knot, but find it easier to just tie a prussic? Want to know which stopper really will stay in no matter what? If you want the answer to these questions, and many more, this is the webinar for you.

Have a couple of lengths of rope and cordage at hand, and you can practice in the comfort of your own home!

Working at Height Webinar

Technical Guide 1: A Working Solution

A webinar with the HSE, Lantra and the Arboricultural Association explaining how the AA’s Technical Guide 1: Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue helps supplement the overall principles for planning and management are set out in the Industry Code of Practice for Arboriculture – Tree Work at Height (ICoP), which provides and organisation’s Responsible Person with the information needed to implement appropriate structures, systems and controls.

Biomechanical Loads of the Tree Climber

With Alexander Laver

Thanks to Alexander Laver who has recorded this fascinating insight into his ongoing research on biomechanical motion.

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Climbing Arborist

100ft dead Hemlock removal

Thanks to Climbing Arborist for sharing some of their video content for the Tree Climbers’ Forum.


2 System Advice

Teufelberger PPE Inspection App

Tree Supports Cable Bracing

With Tree Life