Ladies Can Climb Trees Too

East Durham College has successfully trained their first lady tree climber on the NPTC short course qualification in over 5 years.

Jolanta Maciaszek, a Volunteer Officer at the Durham Wildlife Trust, successfully completed the seven day course in March.

Mrs Maciaszek, originally from Poland but who now lives in Durham, said: “I had done the Chainsaw Maintenance course with the College and I thought the extra tree climbing unit would be very interesting. I will certainly get opportunity to put these new skills in to practice as part of my job with the Wildlife Trust.”

The City & Guilds NPTC (National Proficiency Tests Council) aims to promote competence and professionalism in the workforce of the land based and related industries by the encouragement of continuous learning and the recognition of skills.

Campbell Sinclair, an Arboriculture Lecturer at the College’s Houghall Campus, added: “The basic tree climbing course, which includes aerial tree rescue and the more demanding pole rescue, is a very physically demand course and Jolanta took it in her stride.”

Durham Wildlife Trust's purpose is to protect wildlife and promote nature conservation in County Durham, the City of Sunderland and the Boroughs of Gateshead, South Tyneside and Darlington. They are one of the most active environmental organisations in the region, managing 25 Nature Reserves, a variety of species and habitat recovery projects and four Visitor Centres.

For more details on this or many other land based short course at East Durham College please call Julie Carmichael on 0191 375 4716.