BTC Forestry and Arboriculture Students Explore Industry Innovations at Sorbus International Ltd - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC) Forestry and Arboriculture students enjoyed a day of technical workshops conducted by Sorbus International which explored the latest industry innovations.

Alongside this, students had the opportunity to try all-new next generation specialist equipment and PPE that is bound to take the trade by storm.

Workshops included talks on tree decay detection, climbing methodology, lifeline rope splicing, career talks, and the latest digital software being used by leading industry professionals.

As a bonus, students were entered into a competition to win exclusive gear to support their future studies and career progression.

Mike Cullen, Course Leader, said,

Our relationship with the team at Sorbus International Ltd started around the mid-1990s. For nearly 30 years, they’ve provided us with relentless, ongoing support which we value massively. It was a fantastic day, and I’m confident each student left with an enhanced understanding of the future of the industry.

Howard ‘H’ Hall, a BTC arboriculture student, said,

Before starting college, I knew I wanted to work with trees and in woodlands. I certainly chose the right place to study! As well as traditional classroom sessions – which in themselves are great – we also spend time completing practical activities such as tree climbing, pruning and trips such as this visit to Sorbus. We now have the necessary PPE to operate chainsaws; not just on the ground, but also in the upper canopy of trees.

It’s challenging, enjoyable and fun, and I know I’ll find full-time employment when I’ve finished. I didn’t realise that by coming to study arboriculture at BTC, I’d taken my first step into an exciting adventure to develop new skills, learn so much about trees and begin forging my new career!

For more information about our Forestry and Arboriculture course offerings and facilities, please visit, call Information & Guidance on 01278 441234, or come to one of our events.

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