Published onOctober 8 2020
The Arboricultural Association (AA) has announced that this year’s AA Award winner is Jill Butler. In recognition of her significant and positive contribution to the arboricultural profession, Jill was presented with the award by AA chair Michelle Ryan at a surprise, socially distanced visit to Windsor Great Park on Wednesday 30 September.
The Association commented: "we hope that everyone in the industry will join us in congratulating Jill on this well-deserved achievement and in sending thanks for her ongoing contributions to the industry."
On receiving the Award Jill reflected: I’m so thrilled to receive this Arboricultural Association Award; I’m taken aback, and I’m really surprised. I feel so privileged to have joined that group of very special people who have received this award before who have worked so hard for trees. I think it is a sign that that the Arboricultural Association has shown the breadth of interest in trees to recognise my work with ancient trees, but also the ecology of ancient trees and the history of trees as well. I’ love to work more with the association to further develop our understanding of tree ecology and history; and how they can inform our work in a much better way.”
After helping to build the countryside department of Merrist Wood into one of international standing, Jill pursued her passion for ancient and veteran trees and ancient forests, wood pastures and parkland by working her way through the ranks of the Woodland Trust.
Jill is a well-known speaker and regularly features in international events and conferences, where she is acknowledged as a highly-effective representative of UK arboriculture, building international links and collaborating with partners around the world.