Arboriculture and Forestry

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Arboriculture and forestry at London's environmental college

We offer the perfect location for your studies, with over 200 acres of land spread across the capital as well as access to many local woodland sites.

Lessons are practical and include felling, orienteering, and operating machinery, and equipment. Plus, you will help preserve natural heritage at prestigious landmarks, including Sites of Specific Scientific Interest, Hatfield House, and London parks.

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Industry Training

Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Using a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness

Industry Training

Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Mowers (Pedestrian Controlled)

Industry Training

Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Mowers (Ride-on)

Industry Training

Level 3 Certificate of Competence in Felling and Processing Medium Trees (Over 380mm)


Introduction to Chainsaws

Industry Training

Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Felling Small Trees (up to 380mm)

Industry Training

Lantra Professional Tree Inspection


Arboriculture (Tree Management) and Forestry Foundation Diploma (Level 3)

Industry Training

Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of a Manually Fed Wood-Chipper


Introduction to Arboriculture (Tree Surgery) Diploma (Level 1)


Arboriculture (Tree Surgery) and Forestry Intermediate Diploma (Level 2)

Why come to Capel Manor College​

Over the last 50 years, we have helped thousands of school leavers and adults achieve their dream of working with animals, plants and the environment.

  • London's only environmental college​
  • Alternative to sixth form
  • Valued by land-based employers
  • Tackle the world’s environmental challenges
  • Boost your career​
  • Taught by industry experts​

Ivor landed skills that matter

I have always been good at working with my hands, so I knew I wanted to do something practical like learn a skill or trade. I have gained confidence in myself to trust the skills I have learned and put them into practice. Ivor studied arboriculture and forestry during his time at the College.

Career prospects

Tree Surgeon

A tree surgeon is responsible for the care and general treatment of trees to keep them healthy. They also plant new trees or take trees down if they are unsafe.


Foresters manage designated forests or woodland areas and oversee activities such as conservation and recreation.

Tree Surveyor

The role of a tree surveyor is an important one, as they undertake surveys on trees to help property managers or homeowners make informed decisions.

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  • By bus: 157, 358, 410, 249, 432, 322, 417, 3, 363, 202 and 931

    By rail: Served by Crystal Palace Station (from Victoria, London Bridge and Dalston Junction)

  • By car: The Campus is situated just off junction 25 of the M25 and the A10 Southbound

    By rail: Served by Turkey Street Station (from Liverpool Street Station), the College is approximately 20 mins walk from Turkey Street

    By bus: Buses 217 and 317

  • By bus: Jevington Way, Alnwick Road, and Mottingham Way stops are within five minutes' walk of the Campus

    By rail: Mottingham station is a 23 minute walk from the Campus, with regular services to London Charing Cross, London Bridge, Cannon Street and Dartford

    By car: Mottingham Campus is located on Mottingham Lane, just two minutes’ drive from the A20 Sidcup Road/South Circular Road roundabout

  • By tube: The Campus is very well served by tube stations on various lines including Regent’s Park (Bakerloo line), Great Portland Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan lines), Baker Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan and Bakerloo lines) and Camden Town (Northern line)

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