A college has hosted a conference for students wanting to get into arboriculture.

Capel Manor College hosted the event on Friday, October 11 at its Enfield Campus, giving young, aspiring professionals the opportunity to learn more and develop their industry skills.

Free to all student members of The Arboriculture Association and any students studying arboriculture, the conference delivered a jam-packed day full of exhibitors, guest speakers, climbing updates and equipment demonstrations.

Students learned more about key technological updates within the industry and received expert advice and careers guidance, with the conference co-sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts and Honey Brothers.

Stephen Hodsman, marketing and communications manager at The Arboriculture Association said: “There was an excellent atmosphere throughout the day thanks to our exhibitors and enthusiastic student delegates. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors Bartlett Tree Experts and Honey Brothers for enabling us to make these events free for all.

“This year’s event is a great platform for us to build on and continue to develop opportunities to support future arborists, and equip them with the advice and knowledge to help them take their first steps into this growing and rewarding industry.”

The trees and timber industry contributes £286m to the UK economy, with Capel Manor College providing students with the essential skills and qualifications valued by employers to start a career in arboriculture.