In the interest of protecting the well-being of local tree life, Chapala’s Ecology Department conducted a practical course on proper tree trimming practices for employees of garden service outfits, independent tree care specialists and employees of the municipality’s Parks and Gardens services.
The hands-on workshop was held Thursday, July 9, on the grounds of La Cristiania Park. At the end of the event, the 47 participants received diplomas as government-certified tree trimmers. The trained specialists are also versed in procedures to obtain government permits required for major pruning work and the total removal of trees for justified reasons.
With years of experience in the field, Ecology Director José Jaime Ibañez knows the ropes of the art and science of tree care. He has promoted the certification process to encourage appropriate tree care on private properties and the community’s common areas. He notes that the spread of diseases and blights that endanger trees are often caused or aggravated by poorly executed pruning.
A listing of certified tree trimmers with their respective contact information is on file for consultation at the Ecology office, located upstairs at Calle Niños Héroes 69, a block and a half from Chapala City Hall.