My studies have provided me with a thorough understanding of the care and management of trees in urban settings. This covers areas like tree anatomy and structure, tree growth and function, tree root systems, tree pathology and health, methods of tree assessment and evaluation, tree protection strategies, planning and management issues and case-studies and an introduction
to safe arboricultural work practices, including safe tree climbing.
As part of this, I now have the informed skill set to:
- appreciate the complexities of tree management for urban sites
- analyse and interrogate literature relating to urban tree management
- perform a tree risk assessment and familiarity with ISA tree risk assessment forms
- identify health problems associated with urban trees
- prepare a management plan for stressed or compromised trees
- understand tree valuation methods
- have a working knowledge of current arboricultural research and how it can be applied in
- have a basic knowledge of tree climbing techniques
As part of this understanding I prepared two tree assessment reports, based on two case studies. The first concerns a large tree with significant structural defects in a public open space area. The second concerns a tree of heritage value to be impacted by construction works, requiring the evaluation and establishment of a tree protection zone. Both required use and understanding of ISA tree risk assessment manuals and forms, as well Australian Standard 4970-2009 “Protection of trees on development sites”.