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3-Day Tree Anatomy Workshop

Three-day Tree Anatomy Workshop

Presented by Mark Hartley

Book early* to avoid disappointment!

-      Back by popular demand

-      Delivered over Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April 2017

-      Packed full of valuable information

-      Places limited to 20 delegates

-      Register online now!

*Preference is given to delegates attending the entire conference


Workshop capped at 20 delegates – includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

The Three-day Tree Anatomy Scientific Workshop will be run by Arboriculture Australia™ again this year. The workshop will commence on Friday 28th April, continue on to Saturday 29th April and conclude on Sunday 30th April 2017. This workshop almost always sells out early so book quickly to avoid disappointment.

Your facilitator for this exciting three-day workshop will be Mark Hartley.

Many other courses investigate individual or groups of trees ‘from a distance’. This workshop flips that thinking on its head - it will show you the inner majesty, complexity and beauty of trees, ‘from the inside’. Mark and his team will then explain how these microscopic tree parts determine how we care for, prune, and manage trees and how other organisms interact with trees. Mark delivers this subject with a passion and enthusiasm that leads to students coming back more than once.

The Tree Anatomy workshop is based on the program used by Dr Alex Shigo, designed to educate and inspire many of our current leaders in arboriculture. The workshop includes a Shigo DVD valued at more than $250.00.

Tree anatomy is about studying and understanding the various types of cells and structures that make up trees. As we understand the different types of cells and how they interact to form the various structures of a tree, we get a clearer understanding of how trees function.

Participants will:

  • Develop a clearer insight into the differences between woody and absorbing roots, and start to gain an understanding of how this knowledge can be used diagnostically

  • Gain an understanding of the anisotropic nature of wood and how examining the structure of woody parts from the three different planes aids in the process of identification and diagnosis

  • Discover and identify many of the common cells found in the stem by preparing cross-sections as well as using pre-prepared slides and images as aids

  • Obtain a better understanding of how large woody monocots grow, and see how trees apply an identical process thousands (and even millions) of times, but on a much smaller scale, to apical meristems

  • Observe that the cambium, bark cambium and xylem usually start as strips, not rings

  • Observe the differences between woody stems above ground and woody roots below ground at a cellular level

  • Develop a better understanding of how the differences between roots and stem allow optimum efficiency in the environment, and how we can take advantage of this knowledge to better care for trees

  • Observe how vessels interact around the branch collar and discover why good and bad pruning cuts result in different shaped responses; and why, in comparison to pruning cuts, stem injuries form very regular shaped wounds

  • Observe some of a tree’s structural responses to wounding and better understand how wounds occlude and impact on the health and function of a tree. Whether you assess trees, diagnose tree problems, evaluate the impact of development on trees or prune trees, understanding their inner workings helps us to make better decisions as arborists.

About Mark Hartley

Mark Hartley is a second-generation arborist whose career spans four decades that have resulted in him receiving numerous awards for his knowledge, expertise and contribution to Arboriculture. His reputation and expertise has taken him to 9 countries in 3 different continents. His expertise with palms resulted in him providing consultancy services to the Royal Family in the UAE.

Mark’s knowledge and passion for Tree Anatomy has him ranked as one of the foremost arborists in this area.  As a consequence, Mark has delivered this program numerous times both nationally and internationally. In the process, Mark has amassed an incredible collection of books, unique specimens, and microscopic slides that are truly fascinating.


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