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RFS - Lockhart-Garratt Trophy

The ABC Level 6 Diploma is widely considered the toughest qualification for arboriculture. The RFS / Lockhart Garratt award for excellence is made annually to a student demonstrating excellence.

2017: Worcestershire arboriculturist lifts top Award

Chartered Arboriculturist Matthew Reid has won the RFS/Lockhart Garratt Award after excelling in what is widely considered one of the toughest qualifications for arboriculture - the ABC Level 6 Diploma.

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Pictured: Matthew Reid receives the RFS/ Lockhart Garratt award with RFS's Bryan Elliott left and Lockhart Garratt Chairman John Lockhart, right 

Matthew, who works for Worcestershire-based arboricultural consultancy Barton Hyett Associates Ltd, was presented with the award by RFS South West division's Bryan Elliot and Lockhart Garratt's Chairman John Lockhart at the Arboricultural Association's conference.

His arboricultural career to date has included work as a climbing arborist, a local authority tree officer and private consultancy.   He achieved ICF Chartered status in January 2015. 

Chair of Lockhart Garratt, John Lockhart said: “It has been a pleasure for Lockhart Garratt to have been involved with this award for a number of years. I am always delighted to meet the winners and to be able to recognise their exceptional achievements with this excellent trophy.  We wish Matthew all possible success in what I am sure will be a highly successful and fulfilling career.”

Matthew says: " The Level 6 qualification is something that I have aspired to for a long time because, in my opinion, it is the leading professional qualification for UK arboriculturists. 

" I studied through Tree Life AC at Westonbirt Arboretum and although I knew it would be two years of dedicated hard work, I found that the teaching and the company of other arbs really improved the experience. The stringent learning process that I have been through has given me a broader and more considered perspective, which in turn enables me to give balanced and-to-the point expert advice to clients.

"Winning this award gives me a true sense of achievement and is a real honour."

And Dave Dowson from Tree Life said: " Matthew dedicated himself to completing the diploma in the ideal two year period which many do not .

"The Level 6 diploma is the premier professional qualification in arboriculture and recognised as such by the industry. It has a long history dating back 50 years and, still today, in its modern format provides potential consultants and tree officers with the knowledge and skills to manage the UKs wonderful population of trees now and in the future."



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Wayne Isaacson, left, receives the RFS/Lockhart Garrett Trophy from  Nick Bolton 

2016 Award

A tree consultant on the Isle of Wight, Wayne Isaacson, was awarded the trophy after completing the Diploma in the prescribed two-year time scale despite having to make 25 return journeys on a ferry through two winters to get to his centre of study at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire.

Wayne was inspired to work with trees after a friend, who owned a firewood business, introduced him to tree felling. He later worked for a local contractor as a tree surgeon and then set up what is now Wayne Isaacson Tree Consultancy Ltd. Studying in his spare time, Wayne gained the respected RFS Certificate in Arboriculture and the Arboricultural Associations’ Technician’s Certificate.




 2015 Award

A Landscape Architect and Tree Officer with Carlisle City Council, Charles Bennett, has won this year's Royal Forestry Society/Lockhart Garratt Award after excelling in the Dip Arb Level 6 (ABC)

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Charles Bennett, centre, receives his award from John Lockhart and Sophie Churchill OBE

He achieved the award through distance learning with Tree Life. Nominating him, Dave Dowson said: "Charles has produced some exceptional assignments that reflect real work situations and that promote the arboriculture profession."

The award was presented to Charles by RFS President Sophie Churchill OBE who said: "It is always inspiring to meet people like Charles who have pursued their professional development alongside their working lives. The Royal Forestry Society is a learned and also learning society and we are pleased to recognise leaders amongst the many people equipping themselves better to protect, manage and improve our trees and woodlands."