This high-flying initiative launched recently with the removal of a Horse Chestnut tree in Lympstone which was over 100 years old. The tree was coming to the end of its life, shedding several large limbs over the summer and harbouring much decay.
‘In an expansion of the highly successful Arboriculture courses running at the College, students are now able to demonstrate our good practices in the public arena where the local community can experience the benefit’, said course tutor, Luke Blaber.
He added, ‘It is vital that students not only learn the practical skills to enable them to get jobs, but also develop a strong sense of commercial enterprise and customer focus’. He was keen to stress that this service is complementary to commercial services operating in the area, with focus on tree work that would not be viable without College support.
Kevin Frediani, Academy Head at Bicton College, praised tutors and students for their enterprise. He said, ‘Our students are working at the absolute forefront of the industry and this initiative will benefit the general public and students alike.’ He continued, ‘A recent approach from Sidmouth Arboretum Trust provides an additional opportunity for students to learn about tree management in both a civic and domestic setting.’
Bicton College Tree Services are based in East Budleigh, working with clients in the surrounding local areas. For more information please call 01395 562398.
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