Saturday, September 13, 2008

ISA HK/China --- Tree Stories of RTHK (Last Episode)

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Dear Station Members,

Please kindly note that the last episode of the Tree Stories of RTHK will be shown at 7 pm of Tuesday Sep 16 on ATV Chinese Channel. This particular series will focus on the Arborist Profession, Tree Inspection, Tree Climbing, Structural Pruning & Tree Removal. This is a program worth recording for future reference since the knowledge & demonstration contained were not commonly shown on TV in HK in the past.

Those of you who complained about that you did not see very much of the Station Manager in the previous series should be seeing a lot of him in this coming one. The Station Manager will be providing comments as an Independent Practicing Arborist (IPA) on how to carry out proper Tree Work, & by the way, Tree Work is not only all about Tree Climbing alone, but along with many others. The Certified Tree Worker (CTW) credential in our territory has sometimes been mistakenly taken as a little better than an ordinary construction worker or gardener. While there are over 22,000 Certified Arborists (CA) in the world & only around 750 CTW, there must be something special about this functional credential.

The CTW exam has always had a very low passing rate in our territory & the CTW practical test has to climb a real tree with approved equipment & skills to imitate proper Tree Work on a tree. The Station Manager is not ashamed to say that he has used all these skills in removing the two ailing Erythrinas in the Jockey Club Tak Wah Park in Tsuen Wan in front of an ocean of media & public. He did not quite believe an ordinary construction worker could do the same within the time frame, under heavy pressure & potential danger to satisfy the curiosity of the media & public in this kind of work.

Arboriculture is definitely on the rise in HK & China now like never before. ISA HK/China will push hard to bring our skills & knowledge up north to benefit our 1.3 billion brothers & sisters to have safer & better trees in their +900 cities all over China, one tree at a time.

Happy viewing of the last episode of Tree Stories to all of you.

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager

"Trees are good for the community. Trees need care like human beings. Arborists are the Tree Care Professionals."

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