Sascha Reisch has no fear of heights. Which is good because the Baumbua (English: tree boys) generally work high up in Munich’s treetops. For the nature lover, tree care is not simply work but a true passion. The professional and gentle care of the trees and nature is an integral part of his company philosophy. “We maintain that which maintains us. This means: the trees keep us alive. And we try to keep the trees for as long as possible.” The dual rope climbing technique also contributes to this. The two ropes reduce the weight and also the physical strain during the day’s work. “Communication and teamwork are immensely important while climbing because a good climber is only as good as the man on the ground – and the reverse”, explains Sascha. A further advantage: “A good climber cuts less off the tree because he can climb far up into the branches.”
The native of Munich discovered his love of tree climbing using the largely unknown rope climbing technique during his apprenticeship as a landscape gardener. After completing his apprenticeship, he joined a company specialising in tree care. He continued his training in the various rope climbing techniques and in tree management. “I realised that this was exactly my thing and stayed with it.” In 2004, he took the next step and became an independent contractor. In addition to the professional and safe work on the tree, Baumbua tree care is also about communicating a better understanding of trees and nature. “As an independent contractor, you are constantly facing new challenges – both interpersonal and financial – and, above all, what to do and what not to do. This gives rise to one’s own philosophy.”
Sascha sees his work as the link between people and nature. He often has to be the voice of reason. Some customers simply want to chop down perfectly healthy trees. The others want to keep trees which are a danger to their environment, no matter the cost. No easy job. What makes a good tree carer? “That you cannot see that the tree has been cut back.” During their daily work, the Baumbua employees always try to engage people in conversation and explain to them what they are doing and why. “My goal is to raise people’s awareness of trees. Especially in urban areas because it is especially important to maintain the trees there for as long as possible.”
The tree can live without people. But people cannot live without the tree.
The vehicle fleet from Baumbua consists of Citan, X-Class and the Sprinter as a twin cab with a flatbed. “As an urban tree care company, we need compact vehicles and all-wheel drive for felling in winter.” The Citan serves as transport to local appointments in order to visually inspect the trees. “The Citan is a small, compact vehicle which enables us to easily reach the sites and also handle the city traffic, especially when it comes to finding a place to park.” The Baumbua team uses the X-Class to tow heavy machines such as shredders. In addition, the all-wheel drive helps keep the arborists mobile during winter and off-road. “The Sprinter is the classic tradesman’s vehicle. We use it to transport personnel and tools to the work site. Thanks to its flatbed, we can transport branches, wood chippings and machines.” A sustainable cycle is also an important issue for the sustainability-oriented company. Cut branches are shredded on location. The wood chips are then transported to a biomass plant where they are used to provide district heating or generate electricity.