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 Walsall is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England. It is named after its largest settlement, Walsall, but covers a larger area which also includes Aldridge, Bloxwich, Brownhills, Darlaston, Pelsall and Willenhall. It also serves as the post town for nearby Cannock Chase District and Lichfield District respectively.
The borough had an estimated population of 254,500 in 2007.
The current boundaries were set as part of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, with a change to the north of the borough in 1994. It is bounded on the west by the City of Wolverhampton, the south by the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell, to the south east by the City of Birmingham, and by the Staffordshire districts of Lichfield, Cannock Chase and South Staffordshire to the east, north and northwest respectively. Most of the borough is highly industrialised and densely populated, but areas around the north and east of the borough are open space.
In 1986 the borough became an effective unitary authority when the West Midlands County Council was abolished. However it remains part of the West Midlands for ceremonial purposes, and for functions such as policing, fire and public transport.