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​Anarborist,tree surgeon, or (less commonly)arboriculturist, is aprofessionalin the practice ofarboriculture, which is thecultivation, management, and study of individualtrees,shrubs,vines, and otherperennialwoody plantsindendrologyandhorticulture.

Arborists generally focus on the health and safety of individual plants and trees, rather than managingforests(the domains offorestryandsilviculture) or harvesting wood. An arborist's scope of work is therefore distinct from that of either aforesteror alogger.

​The Metropolitan Borough of Dudley is a metropolitan borough of West Midlands in England. It was created in 1974 following the Local Government Act 1972, through a merger of the existing Dudley County Borough with the municipal boroughs of Stourbridge and Halesowen. The borough borders Sandwell to the east, the city of Birmingham to the south east, Bromsgrove to the south in Worcestershire, South Staffordshire District to the west, and the city of Wolverhampton to the north.

Being a metropolitan borough Dudley is effectively a unitary authority, with the exceptions of Transport for West Midlands, (publicly branded as West Midlands Network), fire and police services, and the local government pension fund (West Midlands Pension Fund), which are jointly run by the seven metropolitan boroughs of the West Midlands county.

For Eurostat purposes, Dudley is a NUTS 3 region (code UKG36), and is one of seven boroughs or unitary districts that comprise the "West Midlands" NUTS 2 region.[2]

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