Name: Jamie Pratt
What discipline do you work in?
What is your role at the company?
What position did you start at?
How long have you worked for TG?
Have you always known this is what you wanted to do?No – I started my career as a Tree Surgeon, however being tied-in at the top of a 60ft conifer tree with a chainsaw in hand, in heavy snow, made me think little a harder about other the options I have in the arboriculture industry!
What education / courses / training have you undertaken to get where you are now?
I studied a National Diploma in Arboriculture and Tree Management at college after dropping out of six-form. After a couple of years in tree surgery, I studied a FdSc degree in Arboriculture and Woodland Management at Brighton University, which was my favourite time studying. I then completed a 1 year top-up BSc (Hons) in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry at Myerscough College, near Preston. Training wise, I attend industry courses held by the Arboricultural Association and the Institute of Chartered Foresters. It’s really important to keep you technical knowledge up to date within this dynamic industry.
What do you enjoy most about working for TG?
The company’s mantra in seeing the potential in people and encouraging individuals to development professional and personally.
What advice would you give to people looking to have a career in landscape / ecology / arboriculture?
Love trees, but don’t be a tree hugger! Think long-term about how you can change the environment for the better in the work you are doing at this time. Become knowledgeable in the technical side of arboriculture and enjoy a continuous learning experience during its application in the planning system!