"Growing up in rural South Gippsland I developed an early appreciation of the role of trees in the landscape and most of my early impressions of life revolved around trees; either climbing them, playing in the last remnants of bushland or cutting them up for firewood. My father’s generation and before laboured massively to clear the giant forests of our local area for farming and my father, inspired by the English parkland aesthetic, laboured almost as hard to plant and nurture trees on the farm."
The love of trees that he fostered in me remains and whether it’s the tall Ash forests of the Dandenong Ranges, the open Red Gum parkland trees to the north and west of Melbourne, the massive Elms of Bacchus Marsh or the English landscape of the Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens, trees are integral to my sense of place and wellbeing.
After a disastrous schooling experience and a period of wandering in the wilderness, I joined my brother, Tom Greenwood, in The Tree Works in 1985 as a climbing arborist and spent the next 10 years cutting and climbing with The Tree Works around Melbourne.
Enrolling in the Advanced Certificate in Arboriculture in 1995 proved to be a life-changing experience and I graduated with the award of Victorian TAFE Student of the year. Encouraged by this success and a truly excellent articulation program I studied for my Diploma and then Bachelors Degree in Applied Science (Horticulture) and graduated in 1999.
I hope to commence the Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture later in 2020.
These educational experiences opened the way to a whole new career in consultancy and R. Greenwood Consulting P/L was incorporated in 2000. I traded trucks, chippers and chainsaws for an ever-changing array of computing devices and technical challenges.
Computing is a significant area of interest to me and the opportunities for improved data capture, manipulation and presentation provides an endlessly varied arena within which to operate. Being an early adopter of GPS and Global Information Systems (GIS) in the arboricultural industry as well as a keen student of other computer-based tools for the capture, processing and presentation of information I have found the field of arboricultural consultancy to be richly challenging and rewarding.
Since incorporating Greenwood Consulting P/L I have developed a strong skillset in computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Access and Excel, AutoCAD and GIS applications such as ESRI ArcMap and ArcPad. Computing is a significant area of interest to me and the opportunities for improved data capture, manipulation and presentation provides an endlessly varied arena within which to operate.
In my career as a consulting arborist, I have had the opportunity to be a part of the wider arboricultural community and the privilege of working with some fabulous trees and people across the Greater Melbourne area and beyond.
From my first tree risk data capture project for Cardinia Shire Council, I have been involved in a broad range of arboricultural consultancy activities and projects including:
Significant tree registers for the City of Whittlesea, City of Melbourne and Moorland City Council.
Arboricultural construction impact assessments for a broad range of private, corporate and government bodies.
Tree inventory data collection and inventory management for local councils, schools and public gardens including.
Cardinia Shire Council.
Hume City Council.
Banyule City Council.
City of Ballarat.
Glen Eira City Council.
Maroondah City Council.
Bendigo Botanical Gardens.
City of Whittlesea.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticulture)
Diploma of Applied Science (Horticulture)
Advanced Certificate of Arboriculture
QTRA Practitioners Guide to Visual Tree Assessment
Working with Children check
Construction Induction (Red card)
Track Safety Awareness (Level 1)
Rail Safety Worker
First Aid Level 2
Arboriculture Australia member