Posted on 03 April 2019
First year Arboriculture students from Merrist Wood College recently won the Arboricultural Association Arborist Tree Challenge (3ATC) Southern College Climbing Competition, held at Sparsholt College.
The event welcomed first and second year Arboriculture students from colleges across the south of England. This year Merrist Wood College entered a team of first year students to compete for the top prize of a well-stocked goody bag for each climber. Prizes included books, tools and equipment donated by Arbortec Forestwear and Sorbus International.
Each student faced a time-based climbing challenge, and were issued time penalties and bonuses based on their performance. Andrew Pickett, Luke Bentley and Lewis Smith achieved the fastest collective time of the day, winning first place for the College.
Arboriculture Tutor, Tom Peacock, said: “Our students should be really proud of their win, having never taken part in anything like this before. This is yet another great achievement for the College’s Arboriculture department.”
Merrist Wood College has been teaching Arboriculture for over 50 years and is one of the country’s leading providers of training and education, preparing student with the necessary skills for work in the industry. For more information regarding our courses, please visit our Subject Area page.
The winning climbers also receive a free place on the 3ATC UK Open climbing competition taking place at Westonbirt Arboretum during ARB Show 2019.