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Dr. Andrew Hirons

Andrew Hirons - Senior Lecturer in ArboricultureAndrew D. Hirons is a Senior Lecturer in Arboriculture at Myerscough College, UK. He began his career in arboriculture as a climbing arborist and plant health care technician, gaining experience in Australia, America and the UK before joining the arboriculture department at Myerscough College in 2004. As well as acting as a Course Tutor for the Online Foundation Degree in Arboriculture and Tree Management, he teaches modules relating to tree biology, tree establishment and tree management. His current research activity is motivated by the need to create resilience in our urban forests, and is focused on using plant traits to inform species selection for urban environments.

Tree Selection for Green Infrastructure is now available to download (link below). This digital guidance aims to help you select appropriate trees for your planting scheme. A series of chapters provide a commentary on the interpretation of this guide and tree species selection for green infrastructure. Specific information on over 280 trees, illustrated with over 800 photographs, is included in the Tree Profiles section. A Tree Selector tool also helps you identify candidate trees by a range of criteria.
To download your FREE copy of the guidance, please use the following link:
Tree Species Selection for Green Infrastructure: A Guide for Specifiers

Andrew is also the co-author of Applied Tree Biology, published by Wiley Blackwell.  

Applied Tree Biology front cover

As well as being a frequent contributor to a range of knowledge exchange events and conferences, Andrew’s other activities include sitting on the Education and Training Committee of the Arboricultural Association.


Selected Publications

  • Sjöman, H., Hirons, A.D. and Bassuk, N.L. (2018) Magnolias as urban trees – a preliminary evaluation of drought tolerance in seven magnolia species. Arboricultural Journal. (40)1-10.

  • Sjöman, H., Hirons, A.D. and Deak Sjöman, J. (2017) Criteria in the selection of urban trees for temperate urban environments. In: Ferrini, F., Van Den Bosch, C.C.K. and Fini, A. () Routledge Handbook of Urban Forestry. Taylor & Francis. pp 339-362.

  • Sjöman, H., Hirons, A.D. and Bassuk, N.L. (2015) Urban forest resilience through tree selection—Variation in drought tolerance in Acer. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 14(4), pp.858-865.

  • Deak Sjöman, J., Hirons, A. and Sjöman, H. (2015) Branch area index of solitaire trees – its use for designing with regulating ecosystem services. Journal of Environmental Quality.

  • Johnston, M. and Hirons, A.D. (2014) Urban Trees. In: Dixon, G. and Aldous, D. (Eds) Horticulture – Plants for People and Places, Volume 2. Springer. pp 693-711

  • Hirons, A.D., Elphinstone, E.D., Davies, W.J. and Dodd, I.C. (2013) Improving water use efficiency in temperate tree nurseries through novel irrigation. In: Van Labeke, M., Van Huylenbroeck, J. and Van Laere, K., (Eds.) 2nd International Symposium on Woody Ornamentals of the Temperate Zone, July 1-4 2012 Ghent, Belgium. ActaHort ISHS

  • Johnston, M. and Hirons, A.D. (2012) Going online with arboricultural education. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. 38(3):105-111

  • Hirons, A.D. and Percival, G.C. (2012) Fundamentals of Tree Establishment: A Review. In: Johnston, M. and Percival, G. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Urban Trees Research Conference, ‘Trees, People and the Built Environment’. Held in Birmingham, 13-14 April 2011. Forestry Commission.

  • Hirons, A.D. (2012) Straightening Out the Askenasy Curve. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. 38(1):31-32

  • Hirons A.D., Davies. W.J., and Elphinstone, E.D. (2009) The Effect of Novel Water Management on Amenity Tree Production In: Watson, G. Costello, L., Scharenbroch B., and Gilman, E. (Eds.) The Landscape Below Ground III. Chicago, International Society of Arboriculture.