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Arborist Spotlights | Isobel Watson
Published at May 20, 2019

Arborist Spotlight: Isobel

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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