Getting Ready for your Arboriculture Degree Course
The following information aims to ensure that you are well prepared for your ‘FdSc Arboriculture and Tree Management’ or ‘BSc (Hons) Arboriculture and Urban Forestry’ course at University Centre Myerscough when you start in September.
Apart from the more practical things like making sure that you have sorted funding and accommodation there are three main things that you can usefully do.
Both the FdSc and the BSc are science based courses and there will be a certain level of knowledge of plant science assumed when you are doing the more science based modules. It maybe that you have already got this level of science knowledge from your previous courses, but if not it is important that you bring your knowledge up to a suitable level before you start so that you can make the most of what you are being taught. Reading the following 3 booklets over the summer would be a really good way to get yourself up to speed.
The ability to correctly identify trees and to use their scientific names is obviously a key skill in arboriculture and as part of your course you will be introduced to a wide range of tree species and their suitable uses. Whatever your current level of skill in this area it would be of great benefit to you to develop your skills in tree identification over the summer period whilst they are in leaf. We suggest that you buy a good guide book and keep it with you at all times, even if you can only identify some of the more common species by the time you start it will stand you in good stead.
The following link provides access to an external organisations recommended by us, the Woodland Trust. Here you will find links to down load their app. Regular use of such aids out in the field will help develop your tree identification skills.