Subject Information

Our Arboriculture courses are highly respected throughout the industry, combining theoretical and practical training with work placements, residential visits and additional qualifications in chainsaw use.

Students are impressed by the wide range of skills and experience they acquire and frequently comment on how interesting and useful the courses are at developing practical skills and knowledge.

If you enjoy working outdoors and are looking for a career in a demanding and well skilled industry, then a career in arboriculture may be for you. The skills you will need are taught using the College's excellent practical facilities including a wide range of industry standard machinery including chippers, chainsaws, a mobile work platform and stump grinders. With our excellent links to other forestry sites, you will never be short of a practical project or tree climbing practice!

We currently have excellent links with Westonbirt National Arboretum, where students have the opportunity to work amongst the 600 acres of rolling countryside and 18,500 catalogued trees and shrubs.

More about our Facilities

Follow the links below to find more information on our excellent facilities and what it is like to study a land-based subject at Bridgwater & Taunton College.



What our students say

Arboriculture Student Ross Burland

Ross Burland

My time at College so far has been brilliant. With help from my teachers I have passed my NPTC tree climbing and aerial rescue qualifications which are vital to work in the industry. They have helped me to reach my full potential, whilst teaching me life skills and helping me to prepare for when I go out into the industry and start working in the real world.”

Former pupil of The King Alfred School in Burnham-on-Sea, is planning to travel the world working on trees in different countries on completion of his course.

Arboriculture Student Joe Chorley

Joe Chorley

I’ve gained so many specialist skills such as climbing and aerial rescue and get a real sense of personal pride and achievement when I get my technique correct. There is no better place to be than the top of a tall tree, the view is incredible, the feeling makes you buzz, and the sense of achievement fills me with confidence.”

Former pupil of Heathfield Community School in Taunton, Joe is going to become a self-employed Tree Surgeon.