The Roles of Arboriculturists

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The cultivation, management and study of trees, shrubs, wines and woody plants is known as aboriculture. Aboriculture is also a science that studies how plants grow and respond to cultural practices and their environment. Aboriculture techniques include selection, planting, training, fertilization, pest control, pruning, shaping and removal. Arboriculturists often will also manage risk, legal issues and aesthetic considerations.

Arboriculturists are required for personal properties, when making decisions about cutting down trees for instance, as well as for national forests and international environmental issues. As a result national and international societies of aboriculture have been established.

The Aboriculture Association for instance was developed with a number of objectives in mind, including advancing the study of aboriculture, rising the standards of its practice, fostering interest in the industry via publications, exhibitions and research and experimentation, student training and cooperation with other organizations. The Aboriculture Association also works together with the central government who consult them on proposals for new, or revisions for existing legalisation, as well as other issues surrounding the tree industry.

There are a number of issues concerning urban trees. Some of the issues discussed at the Urban Tree Research Conference last December were:

1. Tree planting and establishment: has the research published in the last ten years helped us to improve?

2. Exploring the role of street trees in the improvement and expansion of green networks.

3. Promoting wellbeing through environment: the role of urban forestry.

4. The potential of nearby residential trees to improve the subjective mental wellbeing of housing association tenants.

5. Quantifying the cooling and hydrological benefits of urban trees.

6. Urban trees and the green infrastructure agenda.

7. Strategies for exploring urban futures in and across disciplines.

8. Working with communities to realise the full potential of urban tree planting: a sustainable legacy.

9. Public participation in urban tree cover.

10. Urban/rural ecology in the transition to the 'ecological age'.

Trees are an essential part of our ecosystem, after all they do eat carbon dioxide and provide us with oxygen in return. Unfortunately with all of the urban development that goes on trees are often cut down, which is why it is so important to have associations who will fight for them and ensure that our world remains as green as possible. But more than just fight for trees, they need to be taken care of and that means regular pruning, felling, thinning, grindling and more. While you might want to take on the challenge of doing some of this work, there are also professional tree surgeons who can take care of the rest.

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This article was published on 2011/04/20