Tree Maintenance 101 Programme

This Tree Maintenance 101 Programme is a 4-day workshop available for booking by international groups. Through the workshop, participants will gain practical knowledge and skill require for tree selection, tree planting, tree inspection and tree care in an urban environment.

Target Audience

  • Park managers and supervisors
  • Gardeners
  • Interested parties who have direct work in tree management and maintenance.

Recommended Class Size

15 pax

Mode of Training (in English)

  • Classroom sharing
  • Group discussion
  • Hands-on
  • Field trip

Day 1 – AM/PM

Tree Selection for Highly Urbanised and Densely Populated Environments

  • Types and Characteristics of Trees and Plants Available for Planting. E.g., Height, Size of Crown, Life Span, Hardiness, Spread of Roots, Resistant to Parasite and Diseases
  • Suitable Trees, Palms and Small Plants for Planting in Industrial Estates and their Physiological Environments
  • Importance of Understanding Site Characteristics
  • Selecting Trees To Match Sites
  • Suitable Trees for Planting in Industrial Estates and Their Physiological Requirements
  • Suitable Palms for Planting in Industrial Estates & their Physiological Requirements
  • General Knowledge of the Tree Planting and Maintenance in the Different Types of Industrial Estates due to the different Site Conditions, i.e., Common Areas at Precasting/RMC site, within the redevelopment complex, general industrial estates (Light Industrial Developments; Food Developments; Moto Workshop Developments etc.

Day 2 – AM

Urban Tree Care – Tree Pruning

  • Tree Architecture and Strength
  • Understanding Branch Union Morphology and Function
  • Understanding the Types of Trees Crown Management (E.g., Pruning, Reduction of Crown and Pollarding)
  • Correct “Tree Pruning Methods”
  • Importance of Formative and Structural Pruning
  • Recognising Unacceptable Tree Pruning, Crown Reduction and Pollarding Methods

Day 2 -PM

Urban Tree Care – Tree Planting

  • Correct Tree Planting Process
  • Transplanting Small to Medium Size Trees for Planting
  • Methods for Supporting Trees and the Wrong Practices
  • Ensuring Quality Control of Tree Saplings/Tree at Site
  • Importance of Planting and Soil Media on Tree Health
  • Soil Related Issues that impact Tree Growth – Perched Water Table, Soil Compaction, Soil pH
  • Post Planting Care- Staking and Guying, Weeding, Forking, Composting, Mulching & Watering

Day 3 –AM/PM

Tree Inspection

  • Benefits of Trees
  • Tree Anatomy and Biology
  • Reasons for Tree Inspection
  • Biomechanics
  • VTA (Visual Tree Assessment)
  • Tree Condition
  • Crown Condition
  • Trunk Condition
  • Root Condition
  • Assessing Site Condition
  • Common Failure Modes
  • Suggested Mitigations
  • Record Keeping and Documentation
  • Tools and Equipment (Advanced technologies used)

Hands-On/Outdoor Field Session

Sample Templates for Various Types of Arborist Reports

  • Field Tree Inspection Exercise at Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG)
  • Completing Tree Inspection Forms
  • Customisation of Tree Inspection Forms to suit Client Site, if necessary

Day 4 –AM/PM

Urban Tree Care – Tree Health and Arboriculture Works Standards

  • Recognising and Managing Common Pests and Diseases
  • Recognising and Managing Common Aging, Rotting of Trees, Formation of Holes etc
  • Sharing on Methods of Checking Trees and Reporting of Tree Conditions (Periodic Check and Accident Case)
  • Sharing on the Causes of Fallen Trees and The Possible Liabilities of the Owner and Contractor Under the Law
  • Arboriculture or Works Safety
  • Introduction to technologies adopted in trees

For more information, please contact Ms Constance at CHAN_Yoke_Cheng@nparks.gov.sg.