A Typical Work Day For An Arborist
Right now you’re probably thinking: what is an arborist?
I’m glad you asked!
Arborists are tamers of trees, workers of wood, lovers of lumber, guardians of the grove, faithful protectors of forestry – essentially they are tree surgeons.
The role of an arborist is to maintain the health of trees, largely within an urban setting. In order to keep trees healthy, they have to sway between pruning back a tree and giving a tree space and time to grow and develop.
The part that you will see the most is the tree lobbing, since tree growth isn’t exactly the most entertaining thing to behold. And bear in mind these are full-grown trees we’re talking about, so they go at it with a chainsaw; hence the title of tree surgeon.
There are several reasons arborists get to have fun with a chainsaw: for the safety of human residents; to enhance and encourage the growth of trees in an appropriately urban fashion through trimming; and because it’s pretty rad!
Here is one such arborist of the state of Penang:
Of course that’s not all arborists do.
Apart from hacking and slashing, arborists have to assess and document the health of trees under their guardianship.
Arborists are also involved in the transplanting of trees that need to undergo a change of address.
Also, they have to clean up the scraps and make sure there aren’t tree parts lying around willy-nilly.
Arborists employ a wide range of tools and equipment apart from the trusty chainsaw. Due to the nature of trees being – well, a big part of nature, they require certain heavy duty machinery to help arborists access and excise unnecessary foliage and unwanted parts of the tree (or other organisms living on it).
The cool arborist moustache salute
Here are some of the key arborists in Penang that keep the heritage trees alive and well:
On the left is Mr. Nizam, and Mr. Izahar on the right.
These are the people who coordinate the conservation and cultivation of the remnants from our colonial past – the trees planted by the British.
Footage of Arborists in Action
Our video guy mourning the passage of some tree limbs