Thursday, February 14, 2008

CUGE --- Urban Soil Workshop by Dr. James Urban

Dear Station Members,

ISA HK/China is privileged to be invited to attend a professional workshop by the internationally famous Dr. James Urban of USA at CUGE in Singapore. Dr. Urban is an internationally renowned landscape practitioner & he has produced many influential books & lectures in urban soil & tree planting. His rare presence in Asia is a golden opportunity for our practitioners & scholars to learn & share experience with him. This is a rare opportunity not to be missed by the serious.

Please follow the information below to register into this workshop directly at CUGE, for anyone interested.

Thank you for your kind attention.

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager

----- Original Message -----
From: Fook Chyi YONG
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2008 8:32 AM
Subject: Fw: CUGE Professional Workshop - Up By Roots - Healthy Soils and Trees in the Built Environment by Dr James Urban

Dear Sammy,

We will be engaging Dr James Urban to conduct a Professional Workshop Series on Up By Roots - Healthy Soils and Trees in the Built Environment for 2 sessions. The first session is on 17-18 Mar 08 and the second session is on 20-21 Mar 08.

Dr James Urban recalled fondly your conversations with him when both of you met at the ISA Conference in Hawaii and suggested that you be kept informed of this workshop as you and your team had shown interest. Pse see the broadcast mailer on the workshop. We look forward to the participation from the HK/China/Taiwan practitioners. You cld also access the same mailer on the CUGE website:,com_eventcal/task,event/date,1205712000/eventid,24/Itemid,1/


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CUGE-ARB-7005 CUGE Professional Workshop Series -Up By Roots - Healthy Soils and Trees in the Built Environment 01/08 and 02/08

Register with: Mr Martin Hoo, T: 6462 7311 E:


The Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE) is managed by the National Parks Board.CUGE is the Lead National Training Institution of the Landscape Workforce.

OUR VISION : To be a Regional Centre for advancing and sharing knowledge and expertise in urban greenery and ecology to enhance urban living environment.

ABOUT Arboriculture Management Programmes:

CUGE provides comprehensive skills training programmes for tree care practitioners, to enhance their knowledge and expertise and to prepare them for the Certified Arborist professional certification accredited with the International Society of Arboriculture.

CUGE provides training and development opportunities for Certified Arborists to seek Continuing Education Units for professional re-certification.


The specially designed 2-day course is facilitated by Dr James Urban. This course focus on issues and challenges of urban space design and the use of soils. This course incorporates a critique and discussion on site tours to flesh out issues, challenges and resolutions to landscape project implementation.

This course is accredited with the International Society of Arboriculture and Certified Arborists will be accredited with 16 CEU points.


Overview of urban trees and soils- Soil Science- Urban soils in Singapore and soils testing and assessment- Field soil investigation techniques- Tree biology- Site tours for critique and discussions in implementation issues and challenges- Up By Roots - Conclusion on healthy soils and trees in urban spaces.


Facilitated discussions and site tours

WHO SHOULD ATTEND- Certified Arborists- Landscape Project Supervisors and Managers- Landscape Practitioners- Soils Practitioners


Dr James Urban is an acclaimed expert in landscape architecture, urban architecture and urban soils. He specialises in the design of trees and soils in urban spaces. Dr James Urban has written and lectured extensively on the subject of urban tree planting and has been responsible for the introduction of many innovations including most of the current standards relating to urban tree plantings. He was instrumental in the development of structural cells and structural planting soils for use under sidewalk pavements, micro root paths and macro soil trench technqiues.


Training :17-18 March 2008, 20-21 March 2008

Time: 8.30am – 5.30pm

Venue: CUGE Training Rooms at Horticulture Park, Alexandra Road; CUGE Training Rooms at Singapore Botanic Gardens

Fees: $1,073.73 (exclusive of GST) per trainee (terms and conditions apply)10% privilege discount for all SLIC Association Members (LIAS, SILA, IPR, Golf Club Managers’ Association, FAS). Fees includes provision of training materials and equipment, and tea-breaks.

Closing Date: 1 March 2008 for training starting on 17 March 2008 and 20 March 2008


CUGE can customise skills training and certification programmes to meet the training needs of your organisation and workforce.

Call us at +65 64650288 or email us at to provide us with more details and to set up a discussion. We will be glad to be of service to you.

Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE)National Parks Board Headquarters (Raffles Building)Singapore Botanic Gardens1 Cluny RoadSingapore 259569Tel: 6465 0288 Fax: 6763 6317 e:

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

ISA HK/China --- ISA 2007 Glossary translation (Traditional Chinese version)

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Dear Station Members,

A few months ago, ISA HK/China has taken on the mission to translate the ISA Glossary 2007 (Traditional Chinese Version) from ISA HQ as an important step to develop proper tree care in our territory of HK, Macau, Taiwan & China. From this Traditional Chinese Version, our Mainland experts can easily convert it into a Simplified Chinese Version for the benefits of our brothers & sisters in China & South East Asia.

Key members in TCHK & the Station Manager have been actively involved in this translation. We wish to produce a prototype for open discussion in our public Station Mail for our scholars, researchers, practitioners & anybody to input their expertise to make this translation to be as widely acceptable in our territory as possible. There may be no need to emphasize the importance of this translation because all future ISA translations, including exam questions & training, will base on this information. In fact, right after the submission of our agreed version to ISA HQ later, the Station Manager will have to work alone to translate all CTW written exam questions within a designated time frame, so that the CTW program can begin again in our territory. Then there may be the CA exam questions to think about in time to come too. The work may be never-ending.

Therefore, with great enthusiasm from ISA HK/China, all capable Station Members are requested to review the attached draft translation & comment on it when necessary. Please kindly provide your input in a different colour to the existing writing for recognition. ISA HK/China will be most grateful if your contribution can be received before March 15, 2008. After that date, this Station will organise all entries & submit to ISA HQ for their further work.

This translation will mark a milestone in the development of Modern Arboriculture in our vast territory. No work of such magnitude has ever happened before in our local arboriculture for the benefit of our society. With a proper Glossary in our own language, we can begin to translate training & exam materials to expand proper tree care for the benefit of the unknown. According to our estimation, perhaps around 5% of the 1.3 billion population in China have the ability to understand English to the level required in the Certified Arborist/Certified Tree Worker exam. The rest will have to take it in Chinese once we can properly translate them. With China now craving for international credentials to fight for job & promotion, sky is the limit for development in this aspect. All these will hinge upon our Glossary translation.

We wish to thank in advance for anyone wishing to take part in this voluntary exercise. Once set, it can not be easily changed again without massive convulsion in future. Therefore, any early reply will be much much appreciated.

Our sincere thanks indeed to all the capable.

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager

The ISA Mission - Through research, technology, and education, promote the professional practice of arboriculture and foster a greater public awareness of the benefits of trees. (