You may not expect to get great career advice whilst staying at a hostel but that’s exactly what happened with Andrew Fox. After being inspired by his roommate, an Arborist climbing trees in Adelaide, he decided to leave a business studies route for a career with trees.
Andrew began by studying a Certificate III in Arboriculture, with the intention of climbing trees. Not long into the Cert III he was employed by a large contractor to a local government, where he delivered the full scope of tree maintenance services to the Council tree population. Andrew then began studying a Diploma in Arboriculture. Opportunities in the consulting field proved too tempting and midway through the Diploma in Arboriculture, Andrew began working at Treelogic. That was two years ago. Pleased that he has found a career that is not only immensely satisfying but is one that he can follow for many years – a rare thing these days. The added bonus is that he is still able to spend plenty of time outdoors among nature, something he enjoyed doing as a child, growing up in Wicklow, Ireland.
Andrew appreciates the benefits that trees offer, be it shading, providing aesthetic/habitat values or simply just providing oxygen for all the other creatures on the planet to breathe.
And while trees provide many important benefits he doesn’t think it is appropriate to single out one as being the ‘most important’.
“I have recently became interested in the idea that trees provide a medium to link generations of people. For example a River Red Gum can exist in the landscape for hundreds of years and see several human generations come and go. That tree can provide an important link, be it from memories or otherwise, from one generation of people to the next.”