Mike and Ellen Neal, the owners of TCIA member company Arboristry® Associates, Inc., have been committed to giving back to their Central Virginia community through education and service. To celebrate their twentieth anniversary, Arboristry decided the perfect place for the 2013 Arbor Day service project was the local community college.
It so happens that Queen Elizabeth herself planted two Willow Oaks on the Piedmont Virginia Community College campus in 1976, when she toured the US for the Bicentennial. And those Oaks hadn’t gotten much love since.
A tree care crew spent four hours cleaning the crowns of the Willow Oaks and removing dead branches from two nearby Ironwood trees. A group of students from a local alternative day school came by to ask questions about careers in horticulture. They had no idea that a “tree climber” was a job, much less a rewarding career! Arboristry staffers are pretty sure they’re hooked!
Arboristry staff, from left to right, are: Tree Care Foreman Jose Garcia, President Mike Neal, Tree Care Apprentice Sebastian Backstrom, and Tree Care Foreman Xrunn Taylor.
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