Tree Surgery and Arboriculture
The words ‘Tree Surgery’ probably conjure up in your mind visions of tall dangerous trees, with men hanging off ropes high up in the air and wood chippers whirring away in the background. And sometimes it can be like that. However, that side of it is just a part of a discipline known as Arboriculture.
Arboriculture is the care and maintenance of Amenity trees, and Tree Surgery can sometimes be the dramatic title for what is just a part of it. Although the amazingly fearless climbing and practical skills of Tree Surgeons is very much to be admired – and not copied !!!
The thing about trees is that they ‘know’ what they want to be. And the problems that are caused by trees exist in many cases because people don’t recognize that a tree ‘knows’ what it wants to be. And as is true in many areas of human endeavor, we often act first without checking to see what the potential outcome might be. In other words, it’s not the tree that causes the problem, it’s the person who either chose to put it there or who didn’t know what it was when it was young and let it stay there! So it serves all of us well to accept that you cannot reason with a tree.