Cutting edge technology which detects decay in trees has been demonstrated on campus to forestry and arboriculture students and to professional arborists.

The masterclass, hosted by Sorbus International, was aimed at current and future users of technically advanced systems including the IML Resi-PD microdrill, the PICUS sonic and electrical resistance tomography, the TreeQinetic tree pulling system and the TreeMotion Sensor system. These systems are intended to save trees by providing vital information about decay and defects which often cannot be seen externally.

Microdrill and tomography systems are widely used by local authorities, consultants and contractors to assess the condition of trees, particularly those which are easily accessible to the public or are located in high risk areas.

Sorbus International is a strong supporter of Reaseheath College and visits annually to demonstrate these systems to arboriculture, forestry and countryside management students and to update them on innovations within the industry. The company is the exclusive distributer of the technology within the UK and also invited its regional customers to join the masterclass.

Sorbus International Director Phil Wade gave a presentation on the latest technology and also covered current topics such as measures to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. Technical Support Manager Mark Vestey demonstrated the practical use of the PD microdrill and sonic tomography on mature trees in our grounds.

Phil Wade said: “Sophisticated technology such as that found in the PiCUS systems can play a big part in extending the life of trees. It can also help to avoid injuries from falling timber by alerting tree professionals to potential problems.  Most mature trees have defects and these systems allow us to take action before they become serious.

“Reaseheath is an excellent venue for us. It has great indoor and outdoor facilities and has a wide variety of trees we can use for assessment purposes and the demonstration of best practice. Reaseheath’s arboriculture students are always keen and well informed, and it is a pleasure to work with them.”