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Women in Arboriculture

Women in Arboriculture Group

Changing the face of arboriculture

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Arboriculture or Urban Forestry is relatively young industry. Traditionally many people started their careers working on the tools, then progressing into local authority work as a Tree Officer or by going into private consultancy. As the industry has grown and the importance of trees has become more widely known, so has the variety of roles available.

As there is no set path into the industry, the route you take is completely up to you. Qualifications and training ranges from apprenticeships, short courses, seminars, workshops, further education courses, and undergraduate to masters degrees, there’s an option for everyone. One thing is for certain, you will never stop learning!

By having a healthy working life that involves getting out into nature, whilst being able to have a positive impact on our towns and city’s green infrastructure, it’s no wonder that more people are looking to arboriculture as viable career change option.

Arboriculture is like many other industries in terms of a lack of female representation. The Women in Arboriculture group was set up with the aims of promoting the industry at entry level, supporting women already in the industry by helping them to grow and develop their skills and supporting a culture change regarding diversity.

But it’s not just about being female, we want to encourage a diverse and inclusive working environment for all.


Yes you can!

There are so many routes into the industry, whether you’re looking for a career change or just starting out on your journey, there’s an option for you!

Here’s a list of some of the roles in arboriculture:

  • Consultant
  • Tree Officer/ Urban Forester
  • Groundworker
  • Climbing Arborist
  • Researcher
  • Nursery Worker
  • Lecturer/ Tutor
  • Contracts Manager
  • Business Support
  • Charity Worker

For more information please visit our careers page.


What the Women in Arboriculture Working Group can do for you…

  • Support network
  • Careers advice
  • Receive mentor guidance
  • Working to improve some of the daily challenges we face such as kit fit issues
  • Promoting diversity within the industry

What you can do for the Women in Arboriculture Working Group…

  • Promote the industry
  • Visiting schools and colleges
  • Develop the mentor programme
  • Support those with less experience
  • Share knowledge
  • Stand up for those who are being subjected to discrimination

This is what two of our members have to say about why they chose arboriculture, and what they love about their job.

Jess Denney

Jess Denney,
Trainee Arboricultural Consultant

“Inspiration is needed to get us where we want to be. Without this inspiration I may never have found this job sector and would not be where I am today. The first thing that I can remember sparking a proper interest in trees was when I was about 8 years old. I was on a family outing to a local arboretum and we came across the Wollemi pine species. I remember finding it amazing how a species which dated back to the Jurassic period and was almost extinct could make a fight for survival and a dramatic comeback. This interest made me do a school project on this particular tree, and it certainly changed the way I looked at trees and nature as a whole. I became intrigued by how trees were designed and how they have such an important place in nature. I would say that learning more about trees and their remarkable design truly inspired me to want to work with them.”

Follow this link to read Jess’s Young Arborists Blog.

Emma Schaffert

Emma Schaffert,
Research Technician

“As an arboricultural researcher, you’d probably expect that I work in a laboratory with microscopes and a lab coat. But I also get to work outdoors a lot of the time which I love! I’ve worked in some royal gardens, attended conferences, been to events such as the RHS flower shows, marched through London with a tree in my backpack for the Lord Mayors parade, and volunteered on projects such as war memorial tree plantings. I’ve also been incredibly fortunate to travel internationally with work, venturing to places like the USA, the Netherlands, Italy, Ireland and France. I started working in this job after studying horticulture and once I’d spent some time as a summer student in the industry I never looked back! I love my job and this is a great industry to be part of, especially with a greater appreciation of the environment in recent times.”

Follow this link to read Emma’s 12 Faces of Arboriculture news article.

If you are interested in contributing to the Women in Arboriculture Working Group or being part of the network, please contact:

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The Women In Arboriculture Working Group inaugural meeting