SHERRILLtree recently spoke with UK arborist Isobel Watson about what she loves about climbing and how she got into this business.
- What drew you to this line of work?
- The outdoors, the adrenaline and the hard work!
- What have you done to grow your business?
- Going to college, working hard to build up a client base and pushing myself to climb bigger trees, while getting over my fear of spiking.
- What are your goals for your business?
- As well as subcontracting, I’d like to buy my own truck, chipper and be able to hire a few others to grow my company. Eventually I’d like to end up assessing trees or as a tree officer when I’m too old to climb.
- What have you learned so far about this business that you can share with our readers?
- Just keep pushing yourself. It’s much better being your own boss, but it’s a lot of work.
- What change, if any, would like to see in this industry?
- It’s getting better all the time, but I’d love to see more acceptance of female arborist.
- What inspires you?
- Arborist who have pride in their work and have very advanced skills.
- Tell me about your favorite day at work?
- A sunny day taking down some big trees with rigging and speedlining. To make it even better, means a day with people I enjoy working with and great customers who keep us well refreshed with food and drinks!
- What is your favorite climbing system and why?
- I love the rope runner for SRT with its midline attachability and the fact that it’s compact enough to pull yourself right into the stem. For DRT climbing I like the ZigZag. Both are smooth devices.
- What is your go to rope for climbing and why?
- I love the Yale Scandere rope for climbing on SRT as it’s not to wiry and not too springy.
- What is your favorite piece of arborist equipment and why?
- The CMI Shembiner XL hook, attached on the harness, is one of my favorite things. Nice and easy to pop your chainsaw on and off when needed!
- Lastly, is there a type of tree you love to climb and one you hate?
- I like to climb Birch trees because they are easy trees to manipulate and the timber isn’t too dense to lift. I don’t like climbing Leyland conifers; they are dirty and scratch the crap out of your arms!
- Thanks, Isobel, for taking the time to talk to us! We love following you @izzy_rascal5 to see what you and other arborists are up to in the UK!
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