“When I grow up I want to climb trees, just like Michael!”
The son of one of my Giffnock customers told me he wants to be a tree surgeon when he is older. At age 10, he is a champion tree climber, enjoys gardening with his gran and, like most kids his age, loves to run about outside all day.
Of course, tree surgery is far more than climbing trees, it is a profession and one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. So when he asked me about becoming a tree surgeon this is the explanation I gave him.
Think of me as a tree engineer
The official name for a tree surgeon is an aboriculturist. Yes, a bit of a mouthful – most people stick to ‘tree surgeon’. Think of me as tree engineer who understands the structure of trees and makes sure they are well maintained to protect the environment, landscape, buildings and people who share the space they live in.
The draw of tree surgery
Caring for trees means you get to:
- Work out doors and with your hands
- Work with specialist machinery and complicated equipment
- Work with plants, trees & shrubs (horticulture)
- Drive a 4×4 truck for equipment and tree materials
- Use your body, rather sit at a desk all day
Tree surgeons are typically very fit. It’s a physically demanding job that keeps you physically and mentally fit
The day to day tasks
Typical tree work for our customers in Glasgow includes:
- Cutting down trees (tree felling)
- Removing tree stumps
- Pruning branches and shrubs
- Planting and replanting
- Splitting logs and hedge cutting
Tree surgery equipment
You need to maintain your kit which includes:
- Tree climbing ropes & harness
- Pruning equipment
- Your truck
- Wood chipper (a machine to cut branches into woodchip)
Tell me more about the tree climbing
A good tree surgeon must be able to climb very well, in all weather conditions using complicated power tools in both high and difficult positions. Imagine dangling from a great height, in a tree, during a blistering hot day, using a chainsaw to remove branches. It’s not for the fainthearted. It’s not only your body that has to be agile, you have to be able to focus, take into account all potential hazards and stay alert to changing conditions.
Being a good listener
Tree surgery involves a lot of listening; to your clients, Glasgow City Council and neighbouring local authorities on tree protections matters.
Safety is paramount
The most important element in tree work is safety. You need to be able to work hard using dangerous equipment in difficult, elevated and sometimes precarious positions. You need to be able to think clearly during difficult and sometimes stressful situations.
If you would like to know more about tree surgery in Glasgow please call Michael on 0141 637 5080 or click here.