If you are thinking about studying Forestry and Arboriculture in September, there are a few things you can do to prepare.
On this course, you will be encouraged to see a link between subjects such as tree science, tree ID, legislation, pests and diseases, woodland management and many others; to think synoptically.
While some aspects of Forestry and Arboriculture are definitely all about climbing and chainsaws, there are a range of other subjects that you need to develop an understanding of if you want an interesting and long-term career in the industry.
What can I do before September?
Below are some links to podcasts, websites, books and even films which provide a great way of staying inspired and engaged with the course content:
- Woodland management
- ‘Woodlands’ – Oliver Rackham, 2006
- ‘Woodland Management – A Practical Guide’ – Chris Starr, 2013
- Tree identification
- ‘Tree Climber’s Knotbook’. D Lingens, 2006
- ‘Tree Pests and Diseases: An Arborists Field Guide’. Arboricultural Association – G Watson, 2013
- Field Guide for Visual Tree Assessment – Claus Mattheck, 2007
There are also a wide range of books available covering a number of different topics: tree science, Pest and Diseases, good tree climber’s companion, safe use of chainsaws etc. Focus on something you are interested in and find out more.
Tree ID apps:
Whilst apps are not always 100% perfect, these have been tried and tested by past students:
Magazines and journals
There are some great documentaries which will help develop your general knowledge and understanding and help you see how trees live and react to the changing world.
The following are all available online:
- Planet Earth – Seasonal Forests
- Call of the Forest
- How Trees Grow
- From Where Trees Get Their Mass
- What a Tree can do
- Sustainable Forestry