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A CUT ABOVE THE REST These courses are designed for anyone with an interest in the production and management of trees and woodland.

At Newton Rigg College we offer courses which specialise in Forestry, there are fantastic practical facilities available for our students. The forestry and arboriculture industries are closely related to the leisure and amenity sectors. Health and safety is therefore crucial to protect the public from the potential hazards associated with trees, because of this every local authority has dedicated tree officers and arboriculturists. Within forestry there are also excellent opportunities to work abroad or set up your own business once you have gained the necessary experience.


To support learning we have extensive facilities including a fantastic tree collection and access to woodland gardens and native woodlands full of different specimens of plants and trees for practical sessions. We also have forestry workshops and specialist range of commercial equipment. There are numerous opportunities to work off-site with partner organisations allowing on-the-job training and development of interpersonal as well as vocational skills.

Off-site work provides broader opportunities and experiences which enhance learner development in the real world. You will be working with chainsaws from Stihl and Husqvarna allowing practice and awareness with differing configurations, application and purpose. A range of larger machinery is used for timber processing, stump management and forestry extraction, hire machinery allows access to up-to-date equipment.


By studying in this department you will learn the relevant skills to work in the following roles:

• Self-employment or own business
• Assistant Forester
• Harvesting Contractor
• Establishment Contractor
• Fencing Contractor
• Countryside Ranger
• Forest Machine Operator
• Forest Craftsperson
• Tree Planter
• Local authority consultant
• Contract management
• Botanic gardens or arboretum curator
• Working for botanical gardens such as with the National Trust, English Heritage or the Royal Horticultural Society
• International opportunities especially in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand


Our tutors have excellent industry links with organisations such as AW Jenkinsons, The National Trust, The Lake District National Park, Forestry Commission (England and Scotland), Komatsu Forest Machinery, along with many other smaller companies across the UK.

On-the-job learning is a key part of our students’ learning as this allows students to exercise their skills in real-life situations. We have wide industry links with a number of key organisations for work experience, demonstrations and recruitment. Partner organisations provide access to their facilities including Komatsu Forest Machinery and AW Jenkinsons.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400