Trees have been in existence for over 370 million years and play a significant role in moderating the climate, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, storing carbon, providing food, shelter and shade and have a whole host of other amazing benefits. Working with trees can be a satisfying career and often attracts individuals with a passion for nature and a strong desire to help the environment. Consulting Arborists are a rare breed in that usually they are practical people who love working outdoors and have spent years honing the art of practical tree care from tree pruning to tree planting and tree removal but have also studied a Diploma of Arboriculture and gained an extensive academic knowledge of the many species of trees and Plant Health Care.
It takes years to gain the experience and knowledge to become a truly great consultant- as well as practical tree care skills they need to possess strong report writing abilities, possess a high level of customer service, consultation and negotiation skills. The ability to manage projects from start to finish, including administration is a required skill as is the ability to create and grow larger projects such as tree planting developments.
As with all careers in this age of digital and advancing technology, Consulting Arborists are incorporating technology into their daily work to improve their services, save time and money while providing extra value for their clients. The use of tree plotting technology such as the Trimble R2 GPS that plots locations of trees and then imports the coordinates into CAD plans is invaluable for larger sites.
The practice of using drones also called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can be utilised in many aspects of tree work -from Consulting Arborists using a drone to look for and assess damage or decay in tall trees to data collection. The use of a drone to show the client an aerial picture of the tree or trees will also add value to the overall customer experience.
There are many reasons why you might need to hire a Consulting Arborist; they can write Impact and Risk Assessments for development work, produce Tree Protection and Vegetation Management plans and provide tree maintenance and remediation programs. It is always best to have a Consulting Arborist on board in the early planning stages of a project as if you remove or damage a significant or Heritage tree you will likely be prosecuted, heavily fined and required to rectify the situation by planting many more trees in its place. Consulting Arborists are best placed to give sound advice on whether there is protected vegetation (VPO’s)on site; the risks involved when working close to a significant tree; provide options of the best way to work within Tree Protection Zones and recommendations on how best to protect the tree and ensure it is not harmed.
In the unfortunate situation of a dispute with a neighbour regarding a tree it is recommended that you attempt to come to an amicable agreement with your neighbour to fix the problem. However, if the dispute cannot be sorted out amicably and results in a QCAT (the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal) case then a Consulting Arborists can be used in court as expert witnesses and give in their opinion on whether a tree is a risk or nuisance. QCAT can make various orders including an inspection and report to be written by a Level 5 Qualified Consulting Arborist; annual maintenance work to be carried out on the tree and complete removal of the tree if required. If a tree-keeper refuses to abide by the order without a reasonable excuse they can be fined up to $100,000 dollars.
Before you hire a Consulting Arborist it is always pertinent to ask the right questions.
At Heritage Tree Care, our experienced and qualified Level 5 Consulting Arborist can advise you on the best steps to take in the event of a tree dispute, write reports and liaise with Council regarding VPO’s. If you would like to hire a tree care company which provides a quality and professional tree service, who understand the benefits of proper tree maintenance and have the best interests of the customer and the environment at heart, call the Heritage Tree Care experts on 0737155444 for a free no obligation quote. We cover Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands, Toowoomba and Gold Coast area in SE Queensland, Australia