An arborist, or (less commonly) arboriculturist, is a professional in the practice of arboriculture, which is the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. An informal term is ‘Tree surgeon’. Arborists generally focus on the health and safety of individual plants and trees, rather than managing forests (the domains of Forestry and Silviculture) or harvesting wood. An arborist’s scope of work is therefore distinct from that of either a forester or a logger, though the professions share much in common.
There are also Tree Surgery Courses – get more information here: http://www.kingswoodtraining.co.uk/.
Kingswood Training are market leaders in chainsaw, climbing, tree care and associated machinery training; running courses recognised by Lantra, NPTC (National Proficiency Test Council), CTP (the Career Transition Partnership) and ELCAS (the Enhanced Learning Credit Administration Scheme). All of our tree surgery instructors are Lantra and NPTC qualified in addition to having many years of industry experience in the subject areas they teach.