Cardiff council arborists attract youngsters into tree climbing at RHS Cardiff Flower Show

RHS Cardiff Flower Show hosted an Cardiff City Council arboriculture team demonstration that attracted tree climbers aged six to 80 years old.

Arborist Matt Wride said to give visitors the chance to experience arboriculture first hand was unusual at consumer shows.

He added: "We've done this since the show started six years ago. We get 30 or 40 people a day up in the trees. It's not common at shows but it gives people ideas about what we do and gets people interested in something they are otherwise not interested in and in joining the industry. It is mostly kids — they've got no fear — but we had an 80-year-old this weekend."

Cardiff council looks after 12,000 street trees, 3,500 cemetery trees, 6,000 trees at schools and 12,000 on housing estates. Cardiff also has 236 ha of woodland. The council plants 2,000 trees annually, including 300 street trees. Bute Park, where the show is held, has 50 champion trees, with 16 more in other Cardiff parks.


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