Local profile – Russell Shepherd

It’s a beautiful time of year with all the trees changing colour and leaves all around us in this part of Melbourne. We have a property full of trees like many people in Banyule and surrounding municipalities and have needed the advice and service of arborists in the decade that we’ve lived in north-eastern Melbourne. It’s been timely to have met Russell’s partner Bianca through our local primary school and to discover Assured Tree Care who we will be calling on for further advice for our property – as you can see it’s definitely handy to know someone who knows all about trees, and isn’t afraid to climb them! Read on for more about Russell Shepherd and qualify for a discount if you’re interested in his services.

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Name: Russell Shepherd Occupation: Owner/Arborist – Assured Tree Care Pty Ltd

Lives/works: Yallambie

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How long have you lived/worked here? I’ve lived in Greensborough most of my life. I moved to Yallambie 15 years ago where I now live with my wife Bianca and daughters Ella and Maya. I have worked locally across Melbourne for my entire career.

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Describe yourself/what you do: I have been an arborist for 20 years. I previously worked for a couple of different companies before returning to studies to undertake a Diploma in Arboriculture and Vocational Education and Training. While there I also had the opportunity to teach at NMIT (now Melbourne Polytechnic) for 2.5 years. A colleague was selling his existing business so we purchased Assured Tree Care and reinvented to what it is today. We have now been running our business for nearly 10 years. I love being in the industry and being able to work outdoors. We do a variety of work from tree removals to pruning and have also helped build new habitats for endangered species. We have established a relationship with regular clients including Schools and Universities, Defence Housing Australia and a long list of wonderful existing and new clients.

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In my down time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, gardening, and travelling. I am also a keen 4WD enthusiast and try to get away for trips when I can. I have always enjoyed working with my hands and tinkering with projects. There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done and I think sometimes we need to take a step back and examine what is most important to us!

Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne’s north-east: The greenery! Despite the pressure from development we have locally some great flora and fauna that makes Banyule special.

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