Arboriculturists cultivate and manage trees, hedgerows and shrubs. The work is undertaken in both rural and urban settings and includes all aspects of felling, preserving, planting and protecting trees, sometimes using heavy equipment. They also provide information and advice on specific tree-related issues. There is an increasing focus on maintaining a safe relationship between the trees, their immediate environment and the general public.
Arboriculturists who do only hands-on tree and shrub maintenance may be called arborists.
Arboriculturists usually specialise in a particular area of work, such as tree climbing and maintenance, tree preservation and conservation, parks and gardens, planning, or tree survey and inspection. Advances in tree biology, equipment and techniques have resulted in fundamental changes to traditional tree work practices, and arboriculture has moved away from the 'tree surgery' approach to a 'tree care' approach.
Tasks vary between specific areas of arboriculture.
An arborist works at a practical level and visits a range of sites in order to:
An arboriculturist may be involved in the same activities as an arborist, but works at a supervisory/managerial level and will also be involved in:
In urban areas, the work involves improving the relationship between the environment and urban development through activities such as:
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