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01 Feb 2019

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Joe Porter

Kind words shared from Joe Porter about our ARB L2 Award in Trees and Timber Apprenticeship

Joe Porter started with us a couple of years ago, on the L2 Award in Trees and Timber Apprenticeship. He was based with Glendale in Bristol, and from the start, showed great practical ability, and a strong desire to learn about all things tree. He finished his course in just over a year due to his hard work and drive. His professional approach to everything he applied himself to, good humour, and dedication to the course, have clearly impressed others as much as he impressed us, and he is now moving on to take up a prestigious post at The National Arboretum at Westonbirt.

The Arb Academy wishes Joe all the best for the future, and we couldn’t want for a better example of an Arb Academy Alumnus, to go out into the wider arboricultural community.


“I started my arb career in September 2016 after taking a few years out post school deciding what it was I wanted to do. The main thing that drew me towards wanting to work in arboriculture was the idea of working outside everyday and working and learning hands on. I’d say big influence on my choice of career was also down to my love for nature and wanting to impact it positively.

My life in arb began with a one year apprenticeship with Glendale whilst studying at The Arb Academy, and it was in doing this that I became enthused with the life of trees, their biology and how to work on them to the best standards and practices. I spent my year of apprenticing and studying, as well as my subsequent year as a fully qualified arborist listening and learning from those more experienced than me, assuming that what I knew was the least of it, and in doing this feel I have been able to advance in my career. I think if there is one thing I truly learnt, it’s that you never really stop apprenticing, you just lose the title, and as long as you keep that mindset, you can find yourself continually growing and achieving goal after goal.

I now find myself moving on to a new stage of my career to a job at the Westonbirt Arboretum, and with it new challenges, the chance for me to learn more about conservation and the biology of trees. It is the kind job I couldn’t have even imagined getting when I first started, and is a role where the prospects excite me and is something I can’t wait to get stuck into.”

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