Gary Blackburn and family joining a seminar with Prof. Dr. Claus Mattheck in the Lüneburger Heide

It has been a family tradition for very many years to pay a visit to the Lüneburger Heide in the north of Germany and join a seminar lead and inspired by Prof. Dr. Claus Mattheck. Every year we gain new insights into the bio mechanics of trees and so much more.

I had the pleasure getting to know Prof. Mattheck already in the eighties, when we were working on pruning and securing trees in the “Bundeskanzleramt” in Bonn which used to be the residence of the German Chancellor before moving to Berlin after the reunification of Germany.

Professor Mattheck (among many other topics) is well known as the founder of the Visual-Tree-Assessment method which allows the evaluation of trees by observing their physical shape and appearance. My sons Kevin, Alexander and Luke have learned about the body language of trees during their classes and professional training. It was Claus Mattheck who developed this great method.

There is no other scientist with a more profound knowledge in evaluating trees and at the same being able to share his knowledge that even laymen are just fascinated by listening.

The sandy soil of the Lüneburger Heide with a very low level of minerals, lots of rain and high temperatures during summer imposes a lot of stress onto the trees. Therefore the body language shows even clearer symptoms than in other regions.

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Only the experienced eye of a professional tree inspector can tell the difference, if a tree has built up bead wood after compression failure to better withstand heavy storms - or if this is a sign for cancer caused by fungus or bacteria.

At this year’s training my daughter Emily was with us together with her friend Lisa. Both are just doing two weeks of practical training at Baumdienst Siebengebirge and Emily says that after finishing school she would love to become a member of our team.

Prof. Claus Mattheck is able to explain the bio mechanics of trees more lively and fascinating as anyone else. The word wide renowned scientist publishes books in Japan as well in the English and German speaking countries. He understands how to describe the most complex problems in physics and math so that truly everyone can follow – including me, my sons and daughters.

Emily Blackburn (14), Freundin Lisa, Gary Blackburn und  Prof.  Claus  Mattheck

And for Emily and Lisa Claus even took the time to draw his famous bear “Pauli” as a present. To reach young people is equally important to Prof. Mattheck as training the pros.

It was as great experience and we all can’t thank Claus enough for those days!

Emily and friend Lisa, Luke, Kevin and Gary Blackburn

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