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Arboriculture climbs to new heights in Darwin

Student Steve Waters practises tree removal as part of his training Student Steve Waters practises tree removal as part of his training

Students have taken to the trees in Charles Darwin University’s first arboriculture course.

The eight tree-doctors-in-training recently went to a park in Anula to test their skills in rope access and tree climbing and removal as part of a Certificate III in Arboriculture.

Arboriculture lecturer Richard Kenyon said the new course aimed to promote higher qualifications and safety in the Northern Territory’s arborist industry.

“Arboriculture is not just about cutting down trees,” he said.

“It’s about caring for a tree and deciding what the best option is for both the public and for the tree. Removal should be the last option.”

The course included tree identification, chainsaw operation, tree maintenance and aerial rigging.

“An arborist’s job is hard work, great fun and every tree is different,” Mr Kenyon said.

The students will gain their formal qualifications later this year and the next intake for the course will open this month. The course is aimed at students who are employed in the arboriculture industry.