Tom, from Suffolk, travelled for several years after leaving school, working across Europe, SE Asia, Easter Island and New Zealand doing some rock climbing and garden-based/tree-based work while he figured out what he wanted to do long term.

When he came back to the UK he worked with a friend first in aboriculture, then in tree surgery, before signing up for his degree. He says, “As I had moved from aboriculture into a more forest- based route I thought the course seemed exactly what I was looking for.”

His favourite part of the course was “going to California to see the Redwoods. They are just amazing. We spent four months there then I went to Alaska for a further month.” Being based at our Ambleside campus, he also enjoys “going for a walk up Hellvellyn, or to the Atlantic Oak woodlands in Borrowdale. Socially there are some good real ale pubs in Ambleside.”

My favourite part of the course was going to California to see the Redwoods. They are just amazing. We spent four months there then I went to Alaska for a further month.

Tom adds,I’m due to go on placement in September with Forestry Commission Scotland. I will be helping with management and planning of forests, community projects and helping diversify and conserve species habitat. It’s important that we diversify the species in forests to help with pest control, climate change, etc.

His plans for the future include “owning my own woodland ecology centre, offering woodland crafts and activities to educate people. My partner is a herbal medicine practitioner so it would be good to incorporate that too – help people discover what they can get from nature. I’d like to inspire people to see nature how I see it.”

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