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NZ Arb encourages appropriate tree assessment

Media release

9 November 2016

NZ Arb encourages appropriate tree assessment

In response to a recent incident at a childcare centre where a tree fell, injuring children, New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) stresses tree owners have their trees regularly assessed by a professional arborist.

Seth Thompson, President of the national industry body, says NZ Arb recommends tree owners get their trees regularly examined.

"From time to time incidents, such as the one earlier this week, do occur and we wish the children involved a speedy recovery,” says Thompson.

“Fortunately, harm or injury from trees is extremely low; however, it is important to recognise that it is a duty of care for tree owners to ensure that their trees are both healthy and safe.”

Thompson adds: “NZ Arb recommends tree owners have their trees assessed by a professional, reputable arborist. Arborists are trained in tree health, safety and management and can identify defects that could potentially cause harm and provide the tree owner with practical advice on how to manage this risk – and as the trees are dynamic living organisms, the length of time that the tree needs to be reassessed.”

As the industry’s professional body, NZ Arb members are required to adhere to a clear code of conduct and appropriate professional standards, and are expected to be familiar with any local tree felling restrictions.

The organisation also runs an ‘Approved Contractor Scheme’ – these contractors have undergone a rigorous vetting process and need to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards to retain their status.

“By engaging one of our Approved Contractors, property owners can expect to receive accurate advice on both the local regulations and appropriate tree care,” says Thompson.

For more information about tree health and safety and the Approved Contractor Scheme visit www.nzarb.org.nz

ENDS

About New Zealand Arboricultural Association
The New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) was created in 1989 in response to a growing demand for the formation of a national body to represent professional and non-professional people involved in New Zealand tree care.

In 1996, NZ Arb joined the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) to become its 32nd Chapter. The New Zealand Arboricultural Association is proud to foster the mission of the ISA; through research, technology and education, promote the professional practice of arboriculture and foster a greater public awareness of the benefits of trees. For more information on NZ Arb visit www.nzarb.org.nz.

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