Francois is passionate about trees and quality tree care. He understands and cares about the workings of trees and how they interface with people and the built environment. With over 20 years experience in tree surgery, Francois began his career in the forests of Germany and learnt the specialized art of urban tree care in London.
Since 1991 Krige Tree Services has been providing cutting edge tree care to a loyal customer base in and around Cape Town, and the greater Overberg region. Francois is a consultant to the Planning Department of the City’s Environmental Management Branch.
Al qualified in England (1998) with an N.P.T.C. City and Guilds National Diploma in arboriculture and forestry related operations. Together with his brother, he then went on to run a small arboricultural business in the UK. The scope of work included forestry, urban tree surgery, council work for urban parks as well as planting schemes for both forestry and urban spaces.
Al later gained extensive experience through his work as a contract climber for Fountain Forestry in Ireland, France, Holland and Germany. His work in Southern and Eastern Australia as a consultant for North Power, entailed organizing all aspects of contractor’s work, from health and safety audits, to negotiations of works on private land. Al now runs one of the Krige Tree Services tree teams.
Melissa Krige (ND Horticulture)
Melissa assists with the management of the Platbos Tree Nursery at Platbos Forest Reserve.
The nursery offers the main tree species of this indigenous forest as well as a small collection of the Quercus Family.
The Platbos Tree Nursery supplies trees for the Platbos Reforestation Project as well as specimen trees for Krige Tree Services.