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Merrist Wood College

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  1. Do you need to update your First Aid training? We're offering an 'Emergency First Aid at Work' course on Monday 1 July in Guildford, Surrey. This course is designed for land-based professionals, meets HSE requirements and is valid for three years. It also includes additional topics for arborists, as recommended by the Forestry Commission. Apply online today! - https://www.merristwood.ac.uk/…/Arboriculture%20&%20Forestry
  2. Do you need to update your First Aid training? Our Emergency First Aid at Work short course includes additional topics recommended by the Forestry Commission, including severe bleeding, crush injury, hypothermia and Lyme disease. One day short course - multiple dates available. Only £80! For more information and to book, please visit our website - https://www.merristwood.ac.uk/CourseInformation/ShortCourseDetails.aspx/727000234066894/Arboriculture & Forestry
  3. Course: Tree Surgery for Craftsmen Start date: Monday 7 January 2019 Duration: 9 weeks (part-time) Cost: £3895 (plus registration fee and advisory costs) Ideal for those looking to develop a wide range of tree surgery knowledge and skills, to launch or further develop their career. Accommodation is available onsite - if required. Course modules: General (e.g. tree work teams, job appraisal, trees and the law etc.) Tree work operations Tree removal Pruning Preventative and remedial work Ground work Tree biology Soils Pests, disease and other tree problems Tree knowledge Tree work machinery Chainsaws Specialised tree machinery First Aid at Work (including First Aid for Forestry) Practical work is carried out in woodlands, on the adjoining golf course, and the ornamental grounds of the College's 400-acre estate. You will also carry out work on outside worksites, giving a good range of realistic working situations. Several renowned gardens and arboreta, such as Kew, Wisley and Winkworth are within easy reach of the College. You will be taught by skills and experience tutors who make full use of the well-equipped workshops, laboratories and machinery during the course. The diverse range of tree and shrub species in the woodlands, ornamental grounds and plant nurseries provide a resource for developing plant knowledge. For more information, and to apply, please visit: https://www.merristwood.ac.uk/CourseInformation/ShortCourseDetails.aspx/727000234066644/Arboriculture & Forestry Alternatively, please contact us for more information - Tel: 01483 88 40 40 or Email: [email protected]
  4. Merrist Wood College still has places available on it's Tree Surgery for Craftsmen course! This 9 week courses, starting on Monday 17 September, consists of two theory days and three practical days per week. Topics include: Tree work operations Tree removal Pruning Preventative and remedial work Ground work Tree biology Soils Pests and diseases Tree knowledge Tree work machinery Chainsaws Specialised tree machinery First Aid at Work (including First Aid for Forestry) And more! For more information (including fees) or to apply, please visit: https://www.merristwood.ac.uk/CourseInformation/ShortCourseDetails.aspx/727000234066644/Arboriculture & Forestry Merrist Wood College in Worplesdon, Surrey (near Guildford) is celebrating 50 years of teaching Arboriculture!
  5. Thanks for your interest! As we are a college based in the South East, I don't think this is something we would be able to consider in the near future. However, I will pass your interest on to our arboriculture team as it might be something which Jack Kenyon would consider in the future.
  6. 'Fungi and the Management of Trees of All Ages' - delivered by industry expert Jack Kenyon. Two day short course on Thursday 19 April and Friday 20 April, from 9am - 5pm Course fee - £225 (includes a buffet lunch) For more information and to apply, visit - www.merristwood.ac.uk Day 1 - Thursday 19 April A tree is a colony of organisms - some may be hostile, but others are friendly and essential for health, energy reserves and survival. It is estimated there are at least 5 million species of fungi, but only about 100,000 so far are described. You will look at: How some fungi can colonise the wood and compromise the structural integrity of the tree, whilst others can form symbiotic fungal associations with the tree which are essential for the survival of both organisms. How trees use biological defence mechanisms to resist colonisation by micro-organisms, and use processes to limit decay. How the seasonal phenological cycle can cause implications for tree management in terms of what is done, when work is carried out and how much work is appropriate. How trees have extraordinary capabilities of performing complex information processing. Traditionally trees and plants have been thought to be passive, however there is clear evidence of trees being able to identify animals and insects, and distinguish friendly associates from hostile herbivores. How trees use biogenic volatile organic compound chemicals (VOCs) to attract predators of hostile insects, and communicate with each other. Day 2 - Friday 20 April A tree’s life span can be extremely long with some thought to be more than 130,000 years old. The purpose of visual tree assessment is to recognise features which may indicate compromised structural integrity. You will look at: The assessment of decay and reaction wood growth responses, in terms of hazard and risk management, and remedial and preventative maintenance. The evaluation of methods used for internal investigation of trees, sound equipment, micro drills and other approaches such as winch pull tests. Risk management in respect of quantifying risk by probability or foreseeability. The morphology of veteran and ancient trees, considering the process of reiteration in older trees such as new adaptive or traumatic growths which become copies of the parent tree.


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