The Arbor Day UK Team

Planting of a dawn redwood (Metasequoia) brought out a lot of student volunteers, as you can see. This tree was donated to Arbor Day UK by Lady Edwina Grosvenor and planted in January 2020.

Marco Bartolini

Marco Bartolini is a qualified Arboricultural Consultant/Surveyor, founder and owner of Arbor-Eco Consultancy. He has previously worked for a number of national companies, as a City Tree Officer (including planning and development) having completed an exemplary 31-year career in the Armed Forces culminating in being recognised at the Queens New Year’s Honours in 2010.

His interests lie in arboriculture and conservation and his (voluntary) skills are utilised by the Hampshire Wildlife Trust at a nature reserve to carry out woodland management with Natural England to carry out ecological surveys.  He has also worked as a volunteer at Itchen Valley Country Park, Westonbirt National Arboretum and Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum.

Sharon Durdant-Hollamby

Sharon Durdant-Hollamby is a Chartered Arboriculturist with experience in local government and is the Managing Director of Sharon Hosegood Associates, an arboricultural consultancy. She is a Fellow of the Arboricultural Association, and Vice President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. She brings to the Institute a passion for promoting careers in arboriculture and forestry, spreading the word about trees in general, and improving the well-being of our society through improved environments. She is a regular presenter and interviewer, holds an Expert Witness qualification, and believes passionately about sharing fresh thinking about trees, nature and wellbeing. Her podcast Tree Lady Talks provides a platform for interviewees from diverse backgrounds to showcase and debate the latest thinking. Most of all, she believes in communicating about the world of trees beyond our industry

Dr. Duncan Slater MICFor is a senior lecturer in arboriculture at Myerscough College, Lancashire, and one of our Arbor Day UK coordinators. Duncan takes the lead on practical tree planting projects with students at Myerscough College and local community tree plantings.

Three new woodlands have already been created at Myerscough’s Preston campus through these efforts – as well as new avenues, new hedgerows and tree plantings across Lancashire.