The Arboricultural Association promotes excellence in tree care to government, professionals and society. Its 200 members practice arboriculture as consultants, contractors ('tree surgeons'), government officers, lecturers, researchers and students. The Association both supports and promotes a nation-wide resource of tree care professionals through its range of technical and advisory publications, and by maintaining a Directory of independently assessed expert consultants and contractors.
Its objective is 'to advance the science of arboriculture for the public benefit'. This is achieved by:
* Representing the arboricultural industry at all levels through society and government
* Publishing a comprehensive range of technical leaflets, guidance notes and other publications concerning arboriculture, both for professionals and ley-persons
* Publishing the quarterly member's Newsletter containing information on industry development, legislation and changes in best practice
* Publishing the quarterly Arboricultural Journal containing contemporary research papers
* Maintenance of the Directory of 'Approved Contractors and Registered Consultants', all of whom have reached standards of excellence in arboriculture and whose standards are regularly re-assessed
* Developing educational standards: Arboricultural Technicians Certificate, Arboricultural Accreditation for Local Government Officers
* Providing training through workshops, seminars, conferences, etc.