Arbor Day Arborcamp - 4th Jun 2011

The 2011 Southern Arbor Day Arborcamp was held on the Uxbridge Reserve, over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (June 4-6).

The Reserve, about 30 minutes from Oamaru into the Waitaki Valley, was long overdue for some love and attention. The Waitiki District Council came in with a 20 tonne tracked mower to ‘calm’ the undergrowth before around 30 people (arborists, friends and their families) moved in to prune, plant and remove trees.

Tents were pitched, hammocks were strung up between trees and ‘tree boats’ were set high. Fires were lit and fun was had.

Thanks to Jerry Lynch, David Glenn and Mark Roberts for organising the event. Thanks to Richard Tregoweth, Dom Eastwood, Drew Bristow and Guy Clark who had made the epic road trip down from Auckland.

As Richard [Tregoweth] from Treetools put it; “…anyone vaguely interested in tree climbing should make an effort to attend one of these arbor camps. Jerry always manages to provide the right mix of work, play and education - as well as the opportunity to spend time with peope who are interested in tree work and tree climbing”

The NZ High Commissioner celebrates with thoughtplanters - 11th Apr 2011

The NZ High Commissioner celebrates with thoughtplanters
The New Zealand High Commissioner, His Excellency Peter Hamilton and the New Zealand Trade Commissioner for Singapore Ms Ziena Jalil (pictured below with Trevor Gardiner at the launch), were in attendance at a party to celebrate the incorporation of thoughtplanters Singapore on the 30th March.
The party was hosted by Trade and Enterprise New Zealand and put on at the New Zealand Residence Singapore. Over 50 local and international dignitaries were invited.

The event serves to further establish our presence and commitment in the region, it was a very positive and successful occasion said Trevor Gardiner, thoughtplanters CEO. We would like to thank New Zealand Trade and Enterprise for their on-going support.

NZ Vice Chair for ISA Test Committee - 2nd Apr 2011

thoughtplanters Director, Richard Wanhill, has been elected into the Vice Chair position of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Test Committee.

The ISA test committee is responsible for writing the ISA certification exam questions for the Certified Tree Worker, Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist and Utility Specialist exams.

Richard was invited on to the test committee in September 2009 by the ISA in an effort to build a team of international exam question writers. The test committee is made with members from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, NZ and Brazil.

2011 ISA Conference, Trade Show and ITCC - 1st Mar 2011

July 23 to 27 (Parramatta) Sydney, Australia – its never been so close

The ISA Conference and Trade Show is the biggest gathering of researchers, educators, and practicing arborists from around the world. In addition to drawing all top speakers to present on the latest research and techniques, the ISA conference provides a forum for the open exchange of ideas, emerging technology, and the latest products and services.

Running in conjunction with the conference is the International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC). The ITCC brings together professional tree climbers from around the world. They showcase the highest level of professional skills and safety, providing a competitive learning environment for those working in the industry.

The ITCC will be held on the July 23 & 24, the ISA Annual Conference and Trade Show runs from July 25 to 27

Conference info:
ITCC info:

Being different pays dividends - 9th Jan 2011

Thoughtplanters is proud to be classed as an innovative exporter and unsung hero

An article by Diana Clement, the New Zealand Herald on Sunday Jan 9, 2011included thoughtplanters as one of the unsung heroes of New Zealand's economy. “The foreign currency they earn helps keep the rest of us in the style we're accustomed to. But some of the more innovative exporters are little-known beyond their own industry”

According to Gareth Chaplin the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) chief economist, our economic future lies with those businesses, that are prepared to differentiate to be competitive. "Our fundamental wealth as a nation rests on the ability of our businesses to get out into the world's markets to chase up and create opportunities to sell their products and services,"

The full article ‘Being different pays dividends’ can be viewed at:

Register online for thoughtplanters workshops - 24th Dec 2010

Register online for thoughtplanters workshops  Now you can register for our workshops on-line.

The first workshop we are running this way is our Effective Tree Climbing Techniques workshop in Hong Kong on January 15th 2011.

If you want to register for this workshop click here.

Effective Tree Climbing Techniques Workshop - 21st Dec 2010

Effective Tree Climbing Techniques Workshop Thoughtplanters, Andy Neverman and Brett Moir are to deliver a two day workshop in Hong Kong called Effective Tree Climbing Techniques on the 15th & 16th January 2011.

Andy and Brett are both successful professional arborists and competitive tree climbers at an international level.

If you want to download the brochure for more details click here and if you wish to register for the workshop on-line please click here.

Speaker line-up set for International conference - 16th Dec 2010

Speaker line-up set for International conference The ISA International Conference - Sydney Australia

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) has announced the speaker line-up and session overview for the 2011 ISA Annual Conference, to be held 23-27 July 2011 in Sydney, Australia. The conference will feature new research, trends and best practices for the arboricultural profession.

We are very pleased to announce that Thoughtplanters has been selected to present at the conference. Andrew Neverman will give a presentation called, Transitional hitches; how to evolve your climbing system.

The conference will also feature the International Tree Climbing Competition and provide great opportunities to network with other professional arborists.

For more information go to:

For registration and housing go to:

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