Hello, im at present being medically discharged from the Royal Marines and im due to start a ten week tree surgery for craftsmen course at Merrist Wood college in November. I have absolutely no background knowledge of arborism but im dead keen to give it a go.
I was wondering if anybody on this forum could give me a list of books or magazines that will help give me some background knowledge on arborism before i start the course.
I live in Plymouth, Devon and if anybody knows of somebody within the industry down here and could put me in contact with them, it would be greatly appreciated.Even if its suppliers of relevant equipment, as im struggling to find shops near me that sell chain saw protective clothing. As i'd rather buy from a local shop so i can ask there advice for example on what makes a good pair of boots and what makes a bad pair.
Thanks in advance
Don't do it! Become an OB-GYN
If you become a member of The Arboricultural Association ( http://www.trees.org.uk also has useful links) they will send you a journal (don't worry about that for now)a newsletter and Essential Arb produced by Forestry and British Timber. These publications will give you current and up to date information about what is happening in the industry. I do not know of anyone in Devon but as you will be at Merrist Wood you could seek advice from A&F Warehouse (Surrey) about equipment. They also have a online store (Google under afwarehouse) and bear in mind that as a specialist equipment supplier these types of business are few and far between, predominating in the South East.
If you want to buy a couple of books The Tree Climbers Companion by Jeff Jepson is a good start, also Arborists Equipment by Donald F Blair published by the ISA is informative and interesting. These books can be found through Treesource a company specialising in books connected to trees, you should be able to find them on the web. Boots you get what you pay for look to spend over £100. There was a well known (possibly infamous with some people) ex-marine practical instructor at Merrist Wood a few years back who is no longer with us but if he was anything to go by Marines can become good tree surgeons. I don't know what an OB-GYN is but my wife who worked in the NHS says it is short for obstetrician-gynaecologist who mainly looks at womens parts, sounds interesting but probably not all its cracked up to be. Join the world of hard graft, low wages, getting rained on, moments of fear and long periods of boredom it will be a job for a job.
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