In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 the Aboricultural Association has announced the formation of a new ‘Women in Arboriculture Working Group’.
The new group will look at the best ways to encourage more women to get into arboriculture and address the gender imbalance that exists within the industry. It will aim to promote and engage women in Arboriculture at all levels, from contractors to consultants, academics, suppliers, Tree Officers and support staff alike.
In terms of representation and participation arboriculture is heavily weighted towards men, with only 13% of Arboricultural Association members being female, according the 2016 membership survey.
Although this has been slowly changing, with many more women proving that working with trees is not just for men, there is still much work to be done to help improve the current numbers and make it a more attractive career prospect for women.
If you’d like to be part of the working group or share your ideas with them, they will be meeting on Saturday 12th May at the ARB Show 2018. Please attend the open lunch forum in the Arboricultural Association HQ tent between 13.00 and 14.00.
If you are interested in contributing to the Women in Arboriculture Working Group please contact Emma Hall email@example.com
News Source: Arboricultural Association