Pictured, one of the East Durham College Arboriculture students gets into the swing of things at The Arboricultural Association’s Arborist Tree Challenge

Students Prove To Have Head For Heights

Pictured, one of the East Durham College Arboriculture students gets into the swing of things at The Arboricultural Association’s Arborist Tree Challenge at Northumberland College.

Students from East Durham College’s Arboriculture team have been enjoying some great success in a couple of unusual sports.

The students proved they all had a great head for heights by taking part in two different arboriculture-related events, with climbing being the aim of the game in both.

The team’s first success came when the College came first in The Arboricultural Association’s Arborist Tree Challenge at Kirkley Hall College in Northumberland.

The team of three; Josh Dixon, 17, Murton, Jack Murray, 16, Sunderland and James Blades, 20, Shildon, came out on top against other teams from all across the country to claim the national title.

Each of the students faced the challenge of a tree set up with four different stations, with each station featuring a different challenge. And the Houghall team completed the challenge in an impressive 12 minutes 36 seconds, which was a full five minutes ahead of second place.

The students then travelled to Scotland last weekend to take part in the prestigious Royal Highland Show, competing in the novice category of the Pole Climbing competition.

The competitor had to race up a 100 ft. pole and the East Durham College team netted some fantastic results, taking seven of the top 10 places including first, second and third.

Ben Richmond, 19, Bishop Auckland, took first place in 13.95 seconds, John Burton, 16, Sunderland, come in second with a time of 14.27 seconds and Josh Dixon third in 14.43 seconds.

And not to be out done by the lads, Lois Milburn, 30, Darlington also added to the team’s prize haul by winning the ladies category.

Lecturer in Arboriculture at East Durham College praised the fantastic performance by his students at both events.

Peter said: “It was great to just be a part of these events but to perform so well in them makes me really proud of the team.

“They prepared really well and gave everything on the days and it’s just brilliant to come back from these well respected competitions with the amazing results the team picked up.”

For information on courses in Arboriculture at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus contact our student services team on 0191 375 4710.