Wednesday, February 16, 2011

ISA HK/China --- Our Station is 6 years old


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Dear Station Members,

By the time this Station Mail is released, ISA HK/China is already 6 years old.

ISA HK/China has transformed from the original "ISA HK/China Correspondence Station" to "ISA HK/China Station" to the now properly registered "ISA HK/China". We retain the word "Station" just out of tradition, since it has been known all around the world. In reality, we practice under the image of a Professional Institute. But again, the word "Institute" is not used anywhere in ISA Organization around the world. It appears to be a word favoured in Commonwealth countries only, & our territory of HK, Macau, Taiwan & China is not part of the Commonwealth.

In our ongoing progress especially towards China, we shall gradually regularize ourselves to transform into proper titles. For e.g., the "Station Manager" will become the "President", & "Vice Station Manager" will become "Vice President", etc. This will help our brothers & sisters up there to understand better, & to provide the recognition relating to their contribution. By now we have 6 working Committees, each functioning to look after the various affairs of our development from Exams, Education to Activities. We are constantly seeking appropriate volunteers to grow ourselves. We always ensure that we are a body of performance & not a fund-wasting White Elephant. Besides, we have no fund to waste.

Station Membership reaches around 1,500+ no. with the same ratio of 70% graduates, 40% Masters & 3% PhD & above at present. We have become truly inclusive with Station Members coming in from all walks of life, with each making contribution to us in his/her own way. This is how ISA HK/China grows to become today. Therefore, the glory goes to all our Station Members.

Over the years, the Station Manager has deep feeling towards an old Chinese proverb : " 得道多助,失道寡助。(If you are heading the right direction, you'll receive support all along; & vice versa)". We have throughout the years upheld our Station Principles of Integrity, Professionalism, Participation, Fact-finding & Truth-telling. We do not allow our Arborists to sell their soul for making money alone. We abide the ISA Ethics for Certified Arborists to the last word, & would take action to expose wrong-doings. We do not protect evils & prevail truth under research. This distinguishes us to become a strong leader in the Greenery Industry to segregate commercialism from professionalism. This has made ISA HK/China unique.

Now we are heading north for China. Our first round of literature barrage has received favourable reception from the China elites. One "Party Newspaper" with over 20 million readers has invited the Station Manager to speak in a seminar in Beijing this September. Another one is for October & more will come. As a matter of fact, we do not see why ISA Arboriculture cannot help the Land of Old Dragons to improve their quality of living, by planting & maintaining good trees. Also in China, their practical thinking will help us develop, because ISA has more research & education to compare with anybody around the world. Best of all, ISA is "International", which will receive the highest reception in the China bureaucratic hierarchy. This has given us a good edge.

No doubt ISA HK/China will expand in China. It's just a matter of time. Like our brothers & sisters up north would say: "Nobody can stop the turning wheel of history 历史巨轮无阻挡". ISA will be practiced by them to benefit the public.

Thank you all again for your contribution to develop ISA HK/China. At the end, this will benefit all.

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager
Registered Consulting Arborist no. RCA#497 (
Independent Practicing Arborist no. IPA-010908 (
Certified Arborist / Certified Tree Worker no. HK-0174AT (

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

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


当這电邮发放之时,国际树木学会 中国地区分会 已经六岁了。

木分会已经由原来的「国际树木学会中国/香港通讯站」转型成为「国际树木学会中国/香港站」及至现在正式注册的「国际树木学会 中国地区分会」。我们沿用英语的「站」一詞只是出于传统,其实全世界都知道我们是「国际树木学会 中国地区分会」。实际上,我们用一个专业机构 (Professional Institute) 的形式运作。但「机构」这字眼在全世界的国际树木学会组织内没有使用的。这字眼看似只在英联邦国家使用,而香港、澳门、台湾和中国并不是英联邦的一部份。

在我们持续的进展 - 尤其是对中国,我们必然逐渐的规范自己转型成为恰当的衔头。例如:「站长」将会变成「会长」,而「副站长」将会变成「副会长」等。这会帮助我们国内同胞更加容易理解,及对于参与人贵们的贡献提供表彰。到现在,我们有六个工作委员会,每个委员会的运作是照顾我们发展中的各项事务 - 由考试、教育至周年聚餐等。我们不停地寻找适当的自愿者去壮大自己。我们常常确保我们是一个有成果效益的专业组织,而兴非一个浪费金钱的大白象。而且,我们没有可浪费的金钱呢。


过去多年,本分会长深深的感受到中国的一句谚语:得道多助,失道寡助 (If you are heading the right direction, you’ll receive support all along; & vice versa.) 。我们秉持着分会的原则:诚实、专业、参与、找寻韦实和道出真理。我们不允许我们的树艺师只是为了钱而出卖灵魂。我们坚守到底国际树木学会注册树艺师的道德规范,及会以行动去张扬错误的做法。我们不会保护邪恶,而只会在研究中推行技术。这分辨在绿化行业里的商业主义和专业守倒,令我们成为强势的领导者。这也是本分会独特的形象。

我们现向中国进发。第一轮文章的输送已获得中国精英们良好的注意。某一份有超过二千万读者的 “公家报” 也已经邀请本分会会长在今年九月到北京进行演讲。更多的陆续有来。事实上,我们看不见为甚么ISA树艺不能够协助我国改善人们生活质素 - 种植及护养优良的树木。同时,在中国,他们务实的思维方法将会协助我们发展,因为ISA在全世界与其它机构比较,有更多的研究与教育。更重要的是,ISA是 “ 国际” 性 ,这将会在中国的官僚架构中获得最高层次的接待。这给我们有利的位置。

无疑,本分会在中国扩大,只是时间上的问题。正如我们的兄弟姊妹们说:历史巨轮无阻挡 Nobody can stop the turning wheel of history. 他们将会以ISA为朋友。



国际树木学会 中国地区分会 会长

顾问树艺师号 RCA#497
独立执业树艺师号 IPA-010908
注册树艺师 / 注册攀树师号 HK-0174AT



(译者:周志贤 ISA注册树艺师号 HK-0280A,一切内容以英文版本为准)