Nelmac Arborists were easy to spot in Nelson this week; hanging high above Piki Mai/ Church Hill preparing some of Nelson’s most glorious eucalypts ahead of the 2015 Husquvarna New Zealand Arboricultural Association’s Annual Tree Climbing Championships on October 2nd.
Nelson City Council spokeswoman Nellie Tuck said dead wood on the trees was being removed prior to the national contest which will see tree climbers from across the country ascending trunks and branches on Church Hill.
The annual competition provides a opportunity for arborists to learn and compete in the latest climbing techniques and equipment and winners from the national event go on to international competition. Simulating the work of arborists in the field, each event tests a competitor’s ability to professionally and safely manoeuvre in a tree while doing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner.
Competition kicks off from 4.30pm on Friday with the Footlock event and continues throughout the day on Saturday.
The final championship round begins at approximately 2:30 pm on Saturday.