Tuesday, April 26, 2011

ISA HK/China --- Xiamen Visit (23-24 Apr 2011), our report 厦门之旅

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Dear Station Members,

ISA HK/China has been kindly invited by Xiamen Botanical Garden to provide introductory seminars on arboriculture & tree work with climbing on Apr 23-24, 2011. The visit can be called a tremendous success. This is reflected in the mass media coverage given below:

1. http://news.xmnn.cn/xmxw/201104/t20110425_1787270.htm

2. http://v.xmnn.cn/index.php/video/index/69301

3. http://blog.xmnn.cn/?uid-1507-action-viewspace-itemid-1076215

4. http://www.xmnn.cn/dzbk/xmsb/epaper/html/2011-04/25/content_299483.htm

5. http://biz.ifeng.com/city/xiamen/daoyingxiang/xiamen_2011_04/25/22683_0.shtml

A strong team of 11 staff from ISA HK/China comprising Registered Consulting Arborist (RCA, http://isahkchina.blogspot.com/2010/12/isa-hkchina-first-rca-in-asia.html) , Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA, http://isahkchina.blogspot.com/2011/03/isa-hkchina-first-bcma-in-asia.html) , Independent Practicing Arborist (IPA, http://isahkchina.blogspot.com/2010/04/isa-hkchina-hk-tree-news-14410-report.html) , Municipal Arborist, Certified Arborist & Certified Tree Worker (http://www.isa-arbor.com/)  , have been warmly welcomed to the highest standard by the Xiamen Municipal Works & Administration Bureau, which is the governing body of the Xiamen Botanical Garden. In other word, the City of Xiamen has sent out their best in greenery to greet ISA HK/China, which is part of an international organization of ISA. This is a pride & honour for us & ISA.

During the seminar sessions in the afternoon of Apr 23, the Station Manager (SM) Sammy Au delivered an introduction on the Arborist Profession. The Deputy Station Manager Mike Leung gave a talk on International Tree Standards, & the China Committee Members John Chong gave a lecture on Proper Tree Pruning. The Station Manager than wrapped it up at the end with a talk on Tree Installation & Transplantation. All 4 talks lasted about 3 hours, & all were given in Mandarin.

In the seminar sessions, the SM could feel that the audience was changing from a casual & suspecting mood in the beginning, to total concentration on every word at the end. Many challenges were thrown to the audience on basic knowledge like the benefits of trees, the age of the longest living tree & the height of the tallest tree in the world. The audience was speechless every time when a question was given to them. Some of them were PhD & Master Degrees from prominent China Universities studying greenery subject. But when it came to tree knowledge, they began to wave a white flag.

The 4 education sessions have completely awakened up the Chinese to compare their tree care knowledge with the world. On the other hand, the Chinese audience were truly pragmatic. They were focusing on the practical side of tree care like pruning, installation & selection. They were also keen to learn what the world is doing. Some of them even asked to be given research information of ISA, while they do not even speak English. They said they would rely on translation software to get the information & will constantly contact ISA HK/China for help. It looks like we shall be busy.

The next morning of Apr 24 was packed with action with tree climbing & rigging work. Six of our staff demonstrated the basic techniques of body-thrust, foot locking, work climb & aerial rescue on a 18 m tall local tree. The hundreds of audience there were shocked. They were thrilled to see men getting up on such height without a ladder or platform, & dancing around the canopy with speed & safety. Never in their dream could they imagine a human being hopping from branch to branch with precision, performing the impossible work where their local experts were frustrated to try to even reach. All were gathering round to listen carefully on our explanation on tree climbing equipment & procedures. And in the middle of it, even the local TV & the only newspaper came round to film & interview the SM for more. What a surprise & success !

A picture speaks a thousand words for our two short days in Xiamen in the attachment of this Station Mail. At the end of it, some 40 local experts in greenery joined ISA HK/China as Station Members. The City Govt is now contemplating to run an even bigger event to invite us to give talks, deliver workshops & provide tree climbing training to their greenery industry. They also want to work with nearby cities to make it a regional event. Arboriculture has made its impact in this important city of Fujian Province.

Providing we are meeting the right contact & bringing in the right personnel, ISA HK/China does not see how ISA Arboriculture would not thrill our China counterparts. Everywhere we went in the past has given us warm reception. It is really our time & resources distribution which restrict our development into China. However, as more Arborists are qualified in our territory year by year, most are willing to come in to help to develop the profession. Many understand that only if our profession can be known & respected, the individuals members will benefit. The more participation a member would make, the more reward in exposure in terms of image & business will be made. This is why anyone active in ISA HK/China is also busy commercially & respected socially. One side of success can not be achieved without the other side of participation.

ISA HK/China has in the past approached the closer Guangdong Province to promote ISA arboriculture. However, the response has not been as enthusiastic as from the other provinces. This may be partly because the Cantonese would think that they would get the same through their friends & relatives in HK in their organization. This may not be entirely correct for ISA. ISA HK/China now runs the biggest & most inclusive group of arborists in the Far East with 1,600+ Station Members. Our staff are also the highest qualified internationally with RCA, BCMA & IPA. No other group at present can match our knowledge & influence in our territory. We are the leading horse.

We shall take ISA into China. It is just a matter of time. The Arborist Profession is a necessity, rather than a hobby for the China society. Arboriculture is also a scientific discipline with constant research & advancement. Our brothers & sisters will see this as we have.

May we sail ISA in the uncharted waters of China carefully, one tree & one arborist at a time.

best regards,

Sammy Au
President (Station Manager)
Registered Consulting Arborist no. RCA#497 (http://isahkchina.blogspot.com/2010/12/isa-hkchina-first-rca-in-asia.html)
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist / Certified Tree Worker no. HK-0174BT (http://isahkchina.blogspot.com/2011/03/isa-hkchina-first-bcma-in-asia.html)
Independent Practicing Arborist no. IPA-010908 (http://isahkchina.blogspot.com/2010/04/isa-hkchina-hk-tree-news-14410-report.html)

"Providing treatment without in-depth diagnosis & research support is professional misconduct. "

"Casual tree assessor delivers wanton tree assessment. Mother Nature makes the rules."


在二零一一年四月二十三至二十四日,本分会应厦门植物园的盛情邀请,提供入门树艺讲座和攀树及高空工作示范。这次访问可以被称为巨大的成功。从以下的传媒报导, 可知道是次交流的受欢迎程度:

1. http://news.xmnn.cn/xmxw/201104/t20110425_1787270.htm

2. http://v.xmnn.cn/index.php/video/index/69301

3. http://blog.xmnn.cn/?uid-1507-action-viewspace-itemid-1076215

4. http://www.xmnn.cn/dzbk/xmsb/epaper/html/2011-04/25/content_299483.htm

5. http://biz.ifeng.com/city/xiamen/daoyingxiang/xiamen_2011_04/25/22683_0.shtml

一行十一人的强大访问团,包括顾问树艺师(RCA,http://isahkchina.blogspot.com/2010/12/isa-hkchina-first-rca-in-asia.html ),资深树艺师(BCMA,http://isahkchina.blogspot.com/2011/03/isa-hkchina-first-bcma-in-asia.html),执业树艺师(IPA,http://isahkchina.blogspot.com/2010/04/isa-hkchina-hk-tree-news-14410-report.html),市政树艺师注册树艺师注册攀树师(www.isa- arbor.com),都受到高规格的欢迎,由厦门市政工程及行政科接待,这亦即是厦门植物园的管理机构。换句话说,厦门市派出了他们最好的园林人材接待本分会。这是我们及国际树木学会的骄傲和荣幸。

在四月二十三日下午的研讨会期间,本分会会长欧永森先生首先介绍了“树艺行业是甚麽? ”,副会长梁永强先生及中国委员会成员庄俊荣先生则分别就“市区树木的通用国际规格”及“国际通行的修剪方法”两题目提供了演讲; 最后会长欧永森先生以“树木的种植及移植”作总结。整个研讨会持续了3个小时,共四个题目及以普通话发表。



第二天上午,即四月二十四日,我们表演了攀树及树上索具的运用。我们的六个成员在一棵十八米高的本地树上展示了 “身体推进法”,脚锁攀爬,工作攀爬及空中拯救。那里的数百名观众都被迷著了。他们高兴地看到我们在这样的高度上随意上落而不需用梯子或平台,而又可在树冠周围安全地到处飞动。从前, 他们不能想像一个人可以在树枝间精确跳跃,执行工作;当地的专家们不能不感到惊奇。所有的观众聚集一起仔细聆听我们解释攀树设备及程序。就连当地电视和报纸都过来拍摄及采访是次活动,这真是想不到的成功!

我们在厦门短短两天的行程已被浓缩在这邮件的附件里, 里面的照片更胜千言万语。厦门当地四十多个专家也加入了本分会, 希望在日后能取得更多有用信息。当地也正在考虑举行一个更大的交流会,去邀请我们给予讲座、研讨会及攀树培训。他们也希望能与附近的城市联合举办, 令其成为区域性活动。树艺已影响了这个福建省的重要城市‧

只要我们能正确联系到对口的适当的人员,本分会认为国际树木学会绝对可以帮助我们的国内同行去解决他们在处理树木的种种问题。过去我们在探访的每个地方, 都给予我们热情的接待。 是我们的时间和资源限制了我们在中国的发展。然而,随着越来越多的合资格树艺师的出现,大部分都愿意帮助业界的发展。许多人明白,只有当我们的专业被认知和尊重,个体成员都将从中受益。成员们的参与越多,在知名度及工作机会上亦会得到各样无形的奖励。这就是为什么在本分会活跃的成员的工作是接续不断地受到社会的尊重。一方面的成功离不开另一方的参与。





国际树木学会 中国地区分会 会长

顾问树艺师号 RCA#497 (http://isahkchina.blogspot.com/2010/12/isa-hkchina-first-rca-in-asia.html)
资深树艺师 / 注册攀树师号 HK-0174BT (http://www.isa-arbor.com/)
执业树艺师号 IPA-010908 (http://isahkchina.blogspot.com/2010/04/isa-hkchina-tree-news-14410-report.html)



(以上由莊俊榮 注册树艺师 /市政树艺师号 HK-0009AM 翻绎。一切内容以英文版本为准。)