by Andreas (Rossy) Ross
In this workshop we will be looking at the stages of preplanning and the execution of tree work using a crane or hi-ab. We will discuss the legal requirements, emergency procedures and rigging techniques involved in this work.
This workshop is aimed at wide audiences addressing topics for the manager, crane operator, ground staff through to the climber in the tree.
Good pruning practice – Thursday 16 October, 2.00pm – 5.30pm
by Jelte Buddingh’ and Menno Kluiters
This workshop is about weight reduction or also called target pruning. We will elaborate on how to identify heavy branches in mature trees and how to prune them to minimise the risk of failure. Overextended branches are often the cause of failure and we will help you to maintain the beauty of the tree and maintain a safe environment. With target pruning, it is vital to be proactive and Omnitree will make you confident in acting adequately. New technical aspects will be explored.
The core of this workshop will be hands-on so be prepared to walk around and identify the pruning needs of mature trees in the area.
Climbers’ Corner – Friday 17 October, 9.00am – 1.00pm
This workshop will be a combined presentation of Nicky Ward-Allen, Mark Bridge, Scott Forest, Rich Hattier. All four presenters are well known for their knowledge and skills in NZ.
The workshops will cover a range of tree climbing related topics, from simple tree climbing tricks (Nicky) to advanced work positioning for the working tree climber (Scotty) to creating a safe climbing system (Mark) and using the Rope wrench for work positioning (Rich).