Trees are phenomenal organisms; they’re also essential in the web of life. Our ancestors valued the benefits of healthy trees (food source, rich hunting, building materials, fuel) and we continue this instinct (increased health and well being, more desirable properties and business, higher productivity). Through an ongoing process of learning and experience, reinforced with qualifications such as the RFS Level 6 Professional Diploma in Arboriculture, we can provide advice and practical help to ensure trees continue to enhance our lives.
Trees have evolved over the last 300+ million years within complex ecosystems and symbiotic relationships. They don’t need care or maintenance. However, we need to live beneath and around trees to feel connected and maintain good mental health but trees have a natural failure rate, suffer from poor health, and need to shed unproductive branches as they grow. We need to install roads, buildings, and cables around trees, whilst trees need undisturbed and healthy rooting environments. These needs therefore often conflict and can cause problems if not addressed.
Arboriculture is the art and science of balancing the requirements of the tree against our own human needs and expectations.
It’s not possible to apply rigid formula to tree management as each tree and situation is unique. It is therefore essential that experience, knowledge, and understanding is applied to achieve the best outcome. Academic, theoretical, and scientific knowledge alone may be adequate for some aspects of management but a deeper understanding only comes with practical experience.
Often there is no right or wrong answer but robust evidence and justification can provide strong direction and guidance.
Trees live in a different timescale to us. A mature tree only exists because it has been appreciated by many previous owners over decades, if not centuries.
When you employ the services of a professional arborist you are paying for their technical knowledge and foresight. The greater the knowledge and foresight, the lower the risk to your property, your trees, yourself, your neighbours, and the arborist.
Trees rarely benefit from being cut, however a number of treatments can be found described in British Standard 3998:2010 Tree work – Recommendations which may remedy a given problem. Occasionally, exceptional trees will require non-standard treatment. In each case the benefits and risks should be understood and considered carefully.
Training and Assessment
Tree work is a high-risk industry. If the risks are not controlled one small mistake can have devastating consequences. Even seemingly small accidents can quickly escalate into a serious incident (try gripping a rope with a cut on the palm of your hand). Training gives a foundation of knowledge in the basic principles behind working safely and efficiently. How these principles are then applied in a work environment vary depending upon the experience of the operator and each individual situation. Experience clearly cannot be taught but builds over time, and with the right mind-set, a proficient and professional arborist can develop. With ArbAdvice you will be getting training from experienced arborists currently operating in varying working environments, with a comprehensive understanding of industry best practice. This will give you a solid benchmark on which to build your knowledge and advance your skills.