Photo by Christina McDonald
Aspiring arborist Martin Bell, of the United Kingdom, was
among those who attended a demonstration day in the Queenstown
Gardens last week.
The day was organised by Thoughtplanters, a private training
organisation which offered a fees-free Foundation Certificate
in Arboriculture course.
The course began yesterday and Thoughtplanters South Island
trainer Brendon Heslop said there was an international
shortage of skilled arborists.
''Our aim is to get new people into the industry to help the
industry as a whole.''
Later this month the resort will host the New Zealand
Arboricultural Association's national conference.
Leading up to the conference will be regional tree climbing
competitions, the winners of which will compete at the