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Forestry and arboriculture students put their tree pruning skills into action

Our countryside students have been busy working out in the community helping Elworth Cricket Club with some of their redevelopments.

With a plan to revitalise their under 18s practice area, the cricket club called upon our countryside department for help in tidying up some overhanging lime trees.

Sixteen second year forestry and arboriculture students worked on the project cutting back and crown lifting the tree branches to make more space for the junior cricket players to train.

Foresty and arboriculture students Will Taylor, Luke Alderdice, Ben Worthington and Ryan Elkin receive their saw pods from Elworth Cricket Club’s Vice Chairman  Peter Lomas

Foresty and arboriculture students Will Taylor, Luke Alderdice, Ben Worthington and Ryan Elkin receive saw pods from Elworth Cricket Club’s Vice Chairman Peter Lomas

 

After doing an excellent job, students were presented with specialist saw pods for the college, as a thank you for all their hard work.

Reaseheath’s Forestry and Arboriculture Course Manager Alan Mottram said: “It was a great opportunity for the students to put their skills developed at college into a real-life situation. They all did and marvellous job and we got some great feedback from the club.”

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Tree climbing triumph for students!

On 29th April, two teams of first and second year Forestry and Arboriculture students became the first Reaseheath College students to enter the annual 3ATC Arborist Tree Challenge held at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

With this being the first time teams from the College have entered the competition, the students did not know exactly what to expect. The competition tested students’ ability and skills learnt on their course in a range of ways in keeping with industry best practice.

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Competitors were required to climb to given targets located on the outer limbs of 60ft trees, and in the process had to demonstrate branch walking and a log toss to a given target area. Students were judged on three main criteria: time, safety and best practice.

At the end of a long day the first year students achieved second place, narrowly missing out on the top spot by just 3 seconds! The second year students finished fourth with only 4 minutes separating them from the top three teams.

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Participants included:

First year students: Ben Worthington, Ben Lacey, James Fogg with Charlie Williams in reserve and acting as ‘motivational shouter.’

Second year students: Leigh Dewey, James Walsh, Sam Watkiss and Christian Roots in reserve and acting as ‘chief photographer’

This is a fantastic result for the students, they were a credit to the College and their course. They all received very positive feedback from the organisers and other colleges involved. Well done to all, we’ll be back next year…!

By Alan Mottram, Forestry and Arboriculture Course Manager