There is something in that tree

Never get pictures of when I actually do the tree work. But our nice trainee, Anja, said she captured some. Those above is from today. I’m to the left, pruning a dying birch. Trying making it last a bit longer and not drop deadwood on the house or the road.

The first day I worked with Anja we were at this cemetery. The maple was down for weight reduction and bracing. It was fun because she had a great interest in trees and asked about everything from climbing techniques to tree biology.


It’s a she

As I did a weight reduction and lift of this old maple some kids in daycare started playing close by. I heard the preschool teacher talking about that “he was climbing high” and “no he won’t fall, he has a rope” and so on. After an houer or so I realise that she doesn’t mean my colleague (who was in the next tree) but me. Then I was quite close to the ground so I said

– This ain’t a he, it’s a she!

– What did you say, she asked me.

– This is a she! Not a he.

– What? oh sorry…

– No worries, it’s an easy mistake to make, I said with a big smile.

I mean, I’m not so picky with gender, but when guys get creed even when is’s a woman doing the thing, then it passed some line of decency.


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Big weight reduction of beech tree with ingrown bark and split stems.


Well, later that day the fog cleared up and I realised that we worked in a small bay, not by the open see as I first presumed. Presuming often lead to mistakes.

ARBORISTA! Arbcamp for women

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Last weekend I went to Denmark to meet arborist from Sweden, Denmark, Germany and England. I had my workshop on single/stationary rope work climb – safety and rescue.It went well but my battery went out so I didn’t get so many pictures.

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This picture above is supposed to show a pickup rescue (using only your own rope). Casualty to the left is attached to a pulley that sits above the climbers system. (remember to lanyard in and pull slack out above your system to do this set up). This way it’s also a bit easier to lift the casualty. We found out that it is much heavier to lift someone that climbs on stationary rope.

I got so much great help and advices for this workshop of Boel Hammarstrand how also had a workshop the day before on the stationary rope climbing technique. FullSizeRender (50)

Louise Grønbæk was arranging the whole event and also organised our first climb together, guest books were put up in the tree, and we climbed out to them to write greetings.

Iben Thomsen, scientist and writer, did an interesting speech about the trees cambium. She explained why a tree with strangled cambium can look well for 20 years and then suddenly die

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Every year the cambium grows a new year ring, but every year one year ring in the sap wood closes off and become heartwood. When the cambium is dead, year ring after year ring is closed off, until none is left and the tree suddenly dies. Some trees have maybe 20 active year rings in the sap wood, other only one (like elm for example).

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So instead, if you want to attach something to a tree, it’s way better to drill trough it. Then the tree is able to close off around the new object and the wood around it grows every year, making the attachment more stable.

Well to sum this up, it was a great weekend and I hope to meet all those arbgirls soon again, to learn more from each other. Thanks to everyone, and especially to Boel, Veronika, Joe, Spike, Roti and Daniel how helped me with the trip and the workshop. And to Louise off cause who made an unbelievable great work arranging this, thanks!

(If you want to go to next women’s arbcamp, check out the group women in trees at Facebook.)