Monday, April 20, 2009

ISA HK/China --- HK Tree News (Politician's Support on Arborist Profession and Lung Hang Hazard Tree)

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Dear Station Members,

Attached & below are two pieces of recent Tree News in HK:

1. Political Support on Arborist Development

A prominent politician in the Legislative Council has expressed out that both Singapore & Taiwan are already having Tree Laws to preserve & protect their trees. In her opinion, HK should follow suit. She has also given appreciation on the efforts of HK Arborists to develop this needed profession & would like to see the HKSAR Govt supporting it with positive action.

What's said by this prominent politician is cordially welcomed by ISA HK/China to accept the Arborist Profession as a social requirement rather than an amateur hobby group. Arborists are trained to look after trees from design, selection, installation, maintenance, regular inspection, risk assessment to protection, under the guidelines of international research & experience. No other landscape organization around the world at present is bigger or more historical than ISA to provide research, experience & education on trees. ISA Arborists are recognized experts in trees around the world & ISA has produced more Arborists than any other landscape organization so far.

Arboriculture is a scientific discipline. Arborists talk on research, experience & facts. We believe 'Mother Nature makes the Rules, not us' on trees. May the public understand us better not as a bunch of Tree Lovers, & would appreciate us to care for our trees professionally in our territory.

2. Lung Hang Hazard Tree

The following news was sent in for public notice by Tree Climbers Fung Kai (TCFK, where the Station Manager had taught the first group of Tree Climbers back in 2006 & 2007. Their teacher Mr. Thomas Chow has since then taken over & has carried on the ISA tradition of encouraging youngsters to learn tree climbing:





The incident has since then drawn the attention of relevant authority & this tree was said to undergo inspection for hazards accordingly.

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager

"If a tree is not designed, installed, maintained & inspected properly, it is likely to become a liability rather than an asset."

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

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