I have been professionally climbing trees for over 20 years, and I’ve been privileged to work alongside many skilled and passionate arborists worldwide. As a keen young man, I enjoyed nothing more than cutting trees down. That was until I met other weathered role models that made me realise the beauty and value of trees. After five years “under my belt” (harness), my real captivating tree journey only started to begin. Now, after dwelling in canopies for that many years, more and more tree-related patterns are recognised and understood. Even though I’m no spring chicken, I still thoroughly enjoy hanging out with my woody friends, high up in the canopy, and long may it last. These days my goal is to provide better tree care and pass on the knowledge that trees have shared with me. After all, the trees remain my greatest teacher.
Mature Trees: Understanding the Relationship Between Pruning & Body Language
Mon 9 Nov, 11:30 – 12:15
I’d like share with you some of my knowledge that I’ve have gained while being aloft. Of all the disciplines within arboriculture, the one that has my greatest fascination is the maintenance of large mature trees, the older and bigger, the better! Showcasing some of the more common issues with older trees, how to recognise them and also what potential solutions there are so they can stay safer for longer. I’ll discuss the principles around end weight reduction and the forces exerted on branches. Most importantly, how to manipulate the tree, so a harmony remains to keep the tree looking, well, like a tree!