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About tree surgery and forestry

Tree surgery, also known as arboriculture, is the care and maintenance of trees and shrubs. The work of a tree surgeon/arborist can be in parks and gardens, at the side of roads and canals, basically anywhere there are trees that may need taking care off. Additional training is required to work around power and rail networks to ensure safety is kept a priority.

It can take many years to become a fully qualified and competent arborist. Most gain their qualifications from university/college or a qualified training establishment. More details regarding the necessary requirements can be found on the Lantra or City and Guilds NPTC web sites.

A fully qualified arborist can offer a wide range of advice and services including pruning, tree felling, tree surveying, dealing with wind damaged trees, stump grinding and more.

There are several types of tree pruning such as crown reducing, where the crown of the tree is lowered and re-shaped to keep the aesthetic of the tree. Crown lifting, where the lower branches are cut to give a uniform height from the ground, and Crown thinning, removing a proportion of the secondary branches along with the dead, dying and decayed branches.

Equipment!

An arborist requires a wide range of equipment in order to complete their work successfully and safely, the cost of the equipment is significant and the type of equipment can vary dependent on the type of work carried out.

To set up as an arborist chainsaws are required. Typically a ground chainsaw for use on the ground such as tree felling and cross cutting. Ground saws come in a range of sizes so if you have a tree to fell than is large in diameter a chainsaw that has a longer bar on will be required.

They will also need a smaller saw to use whilst climbing the trees; this is usually a top handled chainsaw, a smaller and lighter saw for ease of use amongst the branches.

A climbing kit is another requirement for an arborist. It comprises of a harness, climbing ropes and carabiners. Many have a wide range of other kit to make their job a lot easier.

In additional to this is the requirement of Personal Protective Clothing (PPE) that is required. Specialist Boots and chainsaw trousers, helmet with visor and ear protectors a good pair of chainsaw gloves and specialised waterproofs for the rainy days. All of this is a necessity to protect the arborist and others from injury.

In order to use all of this equipment competently there is a great deal of training involved. It can take many years to gain all the qualification and skills to become a fully trained tree surgeon/arborist. It is important also to ensure that the skills achieved by obtaining these qualifications are refreshed at the correct time.

To become a qualified fully kitted arborist is not cheap from a time or monetary point of view, however it is a rewarding one.

Many want to run their own business. As with any business there is an initial outlay required, this is above and beyond the chainsaws and PPE discussed above. To begin a vehicle capable enough to carry all of your equipment in and able to remove any waste product, a good quality wood chipper and perhaps a stump grinder. There are other less exiting but just as important factors to think about such as insurances, tax compliance and accountancy fees.

I have merely scratched the surface as to the costs involved in becoming a proficient arborist. And all of this is prior to a wage being taken for carrying out the work. This is why having some tree work carried out may appear costly to some. It must be remembered however, that the tree surgeon/arborist is a highly qualified and skilled professional.