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This subject aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the care and management of trees in urban settings. The content will include tree anatomy and structure, tree growth and function, tree root systems, tree pathology and health, methods of tree assessment and evaluation, tree protection strategies, planning and management issues and case-studies (including surveys, location mapping, inventories and protection strategies) and an introduction to safe arboricultural work practices, including safe tree climbing.
Intended learning outcomes
At the conclusion of the subject students should be able to:
- appreciate the complexities of tree management for urban sites;
- analyse and interrogate literature relating to urban tree management;
- perform a tree risk assessment;
- identify health problems associated with urban trees;
- prepare a management plan for stressed trees;
- understand tree valuation methods;
- understand the strategies of tree protection and management during construction; and
- have a basic knowledge of tree climbing and pruning techniques
This course encompasses particular generic skills. On completion of the course students should:
- be able to evaluate and synthesise professional literature
- solve problems relating to the diagnosis, care and management of urban trees.
Last updated: 11 October 2023