Arboriculture student Craig Cousins

Arb Team Proves It Has A Head For Heights

A group of East Durham College arboriculture students have impressed with their pole climbing skills at a number of recent county shows, picking up awards across the country.

Students from the tree care course, based at the college’s Houghall campus in Durham, have competed at a two major shows this year; Woodfest in Wales and the prestigious Highland Show in Scotland.


At Woodfest, student Rob Kay picked up a first place in the Tree Surgery class, with female students Lois Millburn, Liese Unger and Poppy Bowyer taking the top three places respectively, in the Ladies Climbing competition.


The Highland Show; saw the group pick up a host of awards. Luke Towler took two first places in the Experts category and the Utility Climb.


The Tree Surgery competition saw Zach Glendining take first place, Craig Cousins come in third and Phil Weightman finished fourth.


East Durham College arboriculture lecturer, Peter Boulton, praised the students for their brilliant performances at the competitions this year.


Peter said: “The teams that travelled to Woodfest and The Highland Show this year were fantastic.


“They all have brilliant ability at these events and to go out there and perform against some of the best from around the UK and get top results is really impressive.


“It’s been another brilliant year for arboriculture at East Durham College, and these results are a great way to top the year off.”


For more information on courses in arboriculture at East Durham College’s Houghall campus, please contact our student services team on 0191 375 4710.