Have your input on the development of the proposed Australian Standard for Specifying Trees

NGIA is calling for all growers to have their say on the development of a proposed Australian Standard for Specifying Trees. The proposed standard concerns trees that are grown in production nurseries and supplied for general use in landscape situations. The aim of the Standard is to lift the quality of trees produced in Australia to minimise the degree of failure of newly planted trees in landscape situations.

The project will be run through Standards Australia who recently advised NGIA that they agreed to commit resources to progress the proposed Standard over the next two years.

It is expected that the proposed standard will detail specifications and criteria that will apply to most methods and styles of production and will incorporate many of the guidelines detailed in the book Specifying Trees: a guide to assessment of tree quality written by Ross Clark, published in 2003 by NATSPEC.

Anthony Kachenko from NGIA will be coordinating this project on behalf of the industry. He is seeking to develop an email list of key growers who are interested in receiving progress updates on how the Standard is progressing. This will ensure whole of industry has full opportunity to provide input on the guidelines and keep abreast of all developments.

If you would like to keep up-to-date on the development of this Standard, please contact Anthony at NGIA on Anthony.kachenko@ngia.com.au or 02 8861 5106 to register your details.

At this stage, the project is yet to start as NGIA is awaiting confirmation from Standards Australia regarding scheduling of project commencement dates including the date of the kick-off meeting. By registering your details with Anthony, you will keep up-to-date with these critical developments.

Please feel free to contact Anthony should you wish to discuss any aspect of this process further.