London has more than 7 million trees and the Greater London Region is more than 65% green and open space, yet current predictions suggest that there will only be 38 suitably qualified applicants for every 100 arboricultural jobs available in this area in 2017.
To help address this, Bartlett Tree Experts has donated significant funds to Capel Manor College to enable them to build the United Kingdom’s first dedicated Arboricultural Training Centre.
The new £600k state of the art building incorporates an indoor climbing tree, climbing wall, laboratory and workshop and acts as the flagship for a complex of classrooms and workshops dedicated to supporting Arboricultural and related Environmental education and training.
The new building will be opened by Robert A. Bartlett, Jr. on May 26 in the presence of The Member of Parliament for Enfield North, The Rt Hon Mrs Joan Ryan MP.
Robert A. Bartlett Jr., the current chairman of Bartlett Tree Experts, and great grandson of the founder, continues his family’s commitment to the advancement of the field of Arboriculture through funding The Bartlett Arboricultural Training Centre.
Said Bartlett, “I believe that young people hold the future of our profession in their hands. This facility is for new recruits, apprentices, as well as seasoned professionals to help them advance their individual knowledge and the field of Arboriculture as a whole.”
Lady Salisbury, Governor of Capel Manor College who has co-ordinated the fund raising for the project said, “I cannot thank Robert and Kate Bartlett enough for their interest and support for this project and the College and gardens here at Capel Manor. What is wonderful and typically generous of them is that this facility has been created with their support for the benefit of everyone and not just for Bartlett employees.
“Robert’s belief in young people and the Arboricultural Industry as a whole should be an inspiration to us all. It rises above just promoting the interests of Bartlett Tree Experts by putting the care of the trees of London (that are so threatened) centre stage. It also gives Capel Manor College the capacity to empower Londoners with the skills necessary to maintain and develop the Forest that is London to the benefit of future generations and the quality of life in the City.”