A New Career In Tree Surgery …
Perhaps you’re in the hunt for a new career. Perhaps you have a passion for landscape gardening or aboriculture — The cultivation of trees and shrubs — and you enjoy manual labour. If you meet these criteria, read on. For this is your opportunity to branch out, as we discover how to become a tree surgeon.
The science of tree surgery was ordained and developed by John Davey. Davey, born in Stawley, Somerset, is widely considered the father of modern tree-surgery. Davey began sharing his insights in 1878 in a monthly newsletter called, ‘Davey’s Floral & Landscape Editor’. In 1901, Davey published ‘The Tree Doctor’. This work was the foundation for modern-day Tree Surgery.
Contemporary Tree Surgery Requirements
Familiarize yourself with the history of tree-surgery, before taking your first steps. While Davey’s insights were ahead of his time, contemporary tree-surgery continues to evolve and you’ll need acquaint yourself with the fundamentals before taking those first tentative steps towards a new career.
Becoming a tree-surgeon in the UK, is different from becoming a tree surgeon in Australia, for example. You’ll need to familiarize yourself with the regulatory bodies that govern your region. Tree surgery is a dangerous industry and the potential for injury and damage to property are substantial. As a qualified tree surgeon you’ll need to educate and protect yourself from these risks.
Industry Standard Qualifications
Becoming a tree surgeon in the UK demands that you meet industry standard baselines of competence. The NPTC offer an entry point qualification for chainsaw operations. If you’re serious about developing your competence and insights however, go further. We’d recommend developing a ‘Conservation Mindset’ and engaging with peers and authorities in the community. The International Society of Aboriculture is a good starting point for engagement.
Above and beyond these recommendations, the age-old practise of the apprenticeship is vital. Reach out and offer your time with an experienced mentor as you earn ‘hands on’ experience.
Becoming a tree surgeon isn’t easy. The job is physically demanding and the learning never stops. However, the rewards for those who master the craft are substantial, financially and emotionally.
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