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National Tree Week: An arboriculture study programme gives firm career foundations

Wednesday 29 Nov 2023

It’s National Tree Week, the UK’s largest annual tree celebration.


Each year, the country’s conservation sector, volunteer groups and tree-lovers come together to plant thousands of trees to mark the start of the tree planting season.

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There has never been a better or more important time to consider a career in arboriculture and the forestry sector.

At Myerscough College and University Centre, there are a range of study programmes available at further and higher education level. Myerscough College is regarded by many people to be the leading UK centre for further and higher education in Arboriculture. We introduced the UK's first Foundation Degree, and the first Honours Degree in the subject and also went on to develop the first online degrees and, most recently, the Masters Degree in Arboriculture. Our tutors and students continue to set the international standard for education in arboriculture and many of our students progress to make significant contributions to the industry.

We have a highly experienced team of staff who are well regarded in the industry and regularly deliver training and seminars to those working and researching the subject. The College boasts fantastic arboriculture facilities and is home to the purpose-built National Centre for Arboriculture, a state-of-the-art teaching facility for the subject.

There are not enough people who know that this is such a great career. People at school are not aware that working outside is a really great living. It's highly skilled, highly technical and uses a great range of personal attributes. And it's such fun!

As an arborist, one day you can be in the inner city on a social housing development, the next on somebody's grand private estate, the next surveying trees by the side of the road. It's so varied.

It's not just school leavers. At any stage you can choose a career in arboriculture. People are needed to plant millions of trees, to design the woodlands, to care for the trees, whether you work perhaps for the local council, or in private practice. There's never been a better time to work in the sector.

To see the full range of arboriculture study programmes available at Myerscough College and University Centre, CLICK HERE