Qualifications & Experience | Arbor Care

Arbor Care's Journey

Having returned from Canada in 2005, after working as a tree consulting arborist for three years, Michael Garry decided it was time to establish his own company. His experience working with one of Toronto's mos prominent Tree Care company's led Michael to establishing Arbor-Care Professional Consulting Tree Service, covering all aspects of tree preservation. 

Just three short years later, Arbor Care went on to win the Best New Business Award from the Limerick Enterprise Board in 2008. 

Michael Garry is also a past board member of Crann, an NGO organization set up to raise awareness of the environmental importance of trees, hedgerows and woodland.

University of Aberdeen Logo2000-2002 University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Qualification Obtained: Bachelor Degree in Arboriculture and Amenity Forestry.

The degree incorporated all aspects of tree care management in both an urban and rural context. Subjects studied include pathology and entomology, forest planning, soil science, community ecology and silviculture.

University College Cork LogoEducation 2010-2011 University College Cork

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science (Ecological Assessment)
This Postgraduate Diploma programme will facilitate students to acquire key practical skills in the ecological assessment of terrestrial and freshwater habitats and ecosystems in order to meet a growing demand for personnel skilled in methods of ecological assessment and to ensure that this process is underpinned by a sound, scientific, theoretical framework. The subjects undertaken include the following:

  • Ecological Site Assessment Habitat Classification and Survey
  • Plant Identification Quantitative Ecological Surveying
  • Legislation and the Natural Environment Applications of Geographical Information Systems
  • Aquatic invertebrates Grasses: Identification and Sampling
  • Grasses: Identification and Sampling
  • Bryophytes: Identification and Sampling
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

Lantra Awards Logo2008 Lantra Awards- Professional Tree Inspection
This course was undertaken in the UK provided a specific tree inspection training programme
at an advanced professional level for competent arboriculturists to enable them to reach a
                            level of competence acceptable as having received adequate training.

International Society of Arboriculture Logo
2003-2004 International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

Qualification Obtained: ISA Certified Arborist

Myerscough College Logo1996-1999 Myerscough College, Preston, Lancashire, England.
ation Obtained: National Diploma in Arboriculture.
The three-year diploma covered all aspects of tree care from climbing through to the identification of pests and diseases. The course had an extensive practical focus and the entire second year involved a co-op placement in a tree care consultancy firm in Italy.