Arboriculture and Forestry

Arboriculture (tree surgery) involves the planting, care and maintenance of individual trees in woodlands, rural and urban areas. It is closely linked to forestry, which is the science and practice of managing forests and woodlands.

We offer the perfect location for your studies with over 35 acres spread across the capital as well as many local woodland sites maintained by college students. You will gain invaluable subject knowledge, along with hands-on skills learning how to operate, maintain and use modern industry machinery and equipment. 

Our full, part-time and apprenticeship courses open up numerous educational and career opportunities; many of our students’ progress to higher education to further their studies or enter careers within the industry.

Did you know?

There are nearly as many trees as people in London - an impressive 8.4 million - and these trees help remove over 2,000 tonnes of pollution each year.

The trees and timber industry contributes £268 million to the UK economy.

You can work overseas, especially where there is extensive timber production in countries such as New Zealand and Canada.

Careers

Our courses provide numerous career opportunities including roles such as:
  • Chainsaw operative
  • Forester
  • Arborist (tree surgeon)
  • Tree surveyor
  • Forestry manager
  • Tree officer
  • Forestry machine operator

Facilities

We offer inspiring training facilities amongst our own 30-acres of gardens and woodland at our Enfield Campus. From here you can practice everything from tree climbing to tree felling, experiencing first-hand what a career working outdoors is really like.

Additionally, our connections with many of London’s parks, including Crystal Palace Park and Gunnersbury Park, means that our students are often given opportunities to volunteer, further enhancing their skills. Our Mottingham Campus features a Site of Interest for Nature Conservation and comprises woodland and the River Quaggy, providing fantastic opportunities for hands-on learning.

Ivor's story

I really enjoyed my course. The teaching style benefitted me greatly as it was very hands-on and interactive. Ivor studied arboriculture and forestry during his time at the College