With a tree-climbing event planned from 9:30am to 11:30am today in Taipei's Long-an borough, two graduate students of the National Taiwan University's (NTU) Entomology Department were discussing how to remove a hive from a big Indian rubber tree of about 60 years old to ensure that the event can proceed safely.
\nThis activity features recreational tree-climbing as instructed by Su Jyun-lang (蘇俊郎), a certified tree-climber, who earned his tree-climbing certification in Atlanta, Georgia in the US.
\n"Recreational tree-climbing is not competitive; rather, it is reflective and personal," Su said.
\n"We do not climb trees freehand but with gear like ropes, helmets, harnesses, gloves and carabiners," he said.
\nSu emphasized that safety is a top priority and said tree-climbing is a good pastime for kids.
\n"By ascending to different heights in trees, children can experience a different viewpoint and closely interact with the tree through touch, which is a very good education for life" Su said.
\nDubbed "Love Ching-tien, salvage old trees," the event also includes a tour guide to the oldest tree in the borough and a signature drive aimed at saving old trees at No. 9, Alley 7, Ching-tien Street (青田街), where five old trees have been cut down recently by a resident surnamed Liao, the owner of the Howard Plaza Hotel.
\nLiao was fined NT$50,000 on July 17 by the Taipei City Government's Cultural Affairs Bureau according to the Taipei City Tree Protection Bylaw (
PHOTO: GEORGE TSORNG, TAIPEI TIMES
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