Government workers will get more training and resources to better equip them with the skills and knowledge to manage the city's trees, the Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing said yesterday. The training for Leisure and Cultural Services Department's staff would include tree climbing, inspection, pruning and the operation of machinery like chainsaws. The department was also planning to invite more local and overseas experts to conduct workshops and it would continue to arrange for staff to gain overseas diplomas in arboriculture. Civic Party legislator Tanya Chan asked about the department's tree care and Mr Tsang said the body was reviewing its manpower and training needs. The department is responsible for the care of about 760,000 trees and has 43 certified arborists with internationally recognised qualifications. Seven of them had received overseas training and obtained other certificates in arboriculture. The department came under fire after a woman was crushed to death by a falling coral tree in Stanley last August. The inquest findings prompted the government to form a taskforce, headed by the Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, to be responsible for a tree management policy review. Covering the institutional and legislative framework on tree protection, the taskforce will also look at tree management issues on private sites and the complaints-handling mechanism. The taskforce will consult district councils and professional organisations before it finalises its recommendation in June. Yesterday, Mr Tang met tree experts to collect their views on the review. Specialist Ken So Kwok-yin of the Conservancy Association said Mr Tang was open-minded to their suggestions but tight-lipped on what measures were being considered. Mr So said the experts had raised a broad range of issues, including manpower and training.