I'm happy. Very. He knows what he's doing and trust me, it's more difficult than it looks. Kris prunes with the long term in mind. That's the art of great work - thinking ahead all the time. Years ahead. Not many guys are good at it. I'm happy to report Kris is. Use him with confidence.
You've probably heard me wax lyrical about local tree consultant Rob Bodenstaff on this blog.
Well, he's getting harder to find than a one-legged man at an arse-kicking contest these days so I was pleased to bump into someone else today who gives me the same good vibe.
His name is Kris Savy. I'm getting him to do some work on a large tree at my place on Monday so I'll report back after that. I'm pretty confident he's going to be the real deal though.
Check him out if you need some specialised tree work done. As he said to me "if you want your tree taken to ground, call one of the big contractors - they'll be cheaper. But if you want your tree finessed, that's me."
If you're in Parks and Gardens here in Perth - and more particularly, tree management - you really must get to Melbourne City Council and look at how they manage their urban forest. It's quite staggering how far ahead of us they are. There's too much to try and detail here - just make the effort and go. I emailed them this morning and suggested they run courses for local governments who want to get it right. They would sell out each year I'm sure. Could be a nice little earner for them, a great learning experience for the rest of us and the salvation of many trees around Australia.
It's called the road network. And it already goes door to door. That's the problem of course with rail and bus: you have to get to a station / bus stop so you often drive there!
But where are the actual public transport vehicles on this door to door road network, you ask? They're coming. They're called autonomous cars. They are going to be so sophisticated and so safe that many of us will abandon private car ownership completely. A fleet of autonomous cars - either government or privately owned - will constantly circulate the road network, available on demand to go wherever we want. Door to door. Traffic congestion will ease considerably because fewer of us will own cars. Look at all the private cars that currently spend the majority of their lives parked up somewhere. Not any more. If a car exists, it will be moving. There's nothing new in this. It's how air transport operates already. Planes basically never stop except for servicing and repairs.
Don't build Metronet yet, state government. It could become a massive white elephant. We should wait and watch. Things are changing fast...
After reading my post below a councillor from Cottesloe contacted me.
Councillor:"With the trees so close to the awnings, won't we have 'half' Plane trees as the part of the canopy close to the awnings will need to be pruned off to prevent damage to the awnings and the buildings?"
Me: "Yes. And that's exactly what will be done in Claremont: "fan-shaped, half trees" over the road. However, once they're covering the road you're not aware of the half shape because your "inside the dome" so to speak. You need to stop thinking of them as trees and see them as green infrastructure, manipulated to serve a very specific purpose: put canopy over the road. If you're not prepared to do this you have small, half-assed trees again and the street will remain hot and exposed." Important note: for this to work, you have to plant at close spacings so the trees form a continuum. If you don't, you will always be able to see the individual half-shape trees and the effect will be lost. Again, check out Bayview Tce in Claremont. At present the trees look too closely spaced but patience, Grasshopper, patience. When it finally comes together and forms a "green pergola" over the street, all will become clear ;)