Warwickshire College students win tree climbing championships

Four Warwickshire College arboriculture students, aged 17 and 18, have achieved wins at the UK and Ireland Student Tree Climbing Championships. 

The students came first and third as individuals, and then won the overall event as a four-man team. The championships took place last month at Easton College and the Royal Norfolk Show.

The team – made up of Graham Bird, Will Moore, Jack Dallow and Ed Lanfear – entered five separate events as individuals. This included an aerial rescue, a work climb that simulated working in a tree, a foot-lock climb up a 50ft rope, a throwing rope and lines event, and a speed climb to the top of a tree.

Each of the five events attracted points and when these were averaged out at the end of the day the Warwickshire College team of came out on top.

On the second day, the four individuals with the highest scores from the previous five events were entered into the ‘Masters’ at the Royal Norfolk Show. Starting at ground level, contestants had 40 minutes to risk assess the safety of a tree, decide what activity to undertake and complete the activity. The clock stopped once the last piece of equipment was out of the tree.

Individuals were judged on their accuracy, technique, style and safety. Graham Bird came first and Will Moore came third.

The students’ tutor Andrew Panter said: "I am absolutely chuffed. What these lads did was amazing, and especially so given that they have only been climbing for six or seven months. They are all worthy winners and we shall certainly be entering again next year."

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