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From left Bryan Elliot, Matthew Reid & John Lockhart

Chartered Arboriculturist Matthew Reid has won the RFS/Lockhart Garratt Award after excelling in what is widely considered one of the toughest qualifications for arboriculture – the ABC Level 6 Diploma.

Matthew, who works for Worcestershire-based arboricultural consultancy Barton Hyett Associates Ltd, was presented with the award by RFS South West division’s Bryan Elliot and Lockhart Garratt’s Chairman John Lockhart at the Arboricultural Association’s conference

His arboricultural career to date has included work as a climbing arborist, a local authority tree officer and private consultancy.   He achieved ICF Chartered status in January 2015.


Chair of Lockhart Garratt, John Lockhart said:

It has been a pleasure for Lockhart Garratt to have been involved with this award for a number of years. I am always delighted to meet the winners and to be able to recognise their exceptional achievements with this excellent trophy.  We wish Matthew all possible success in what I am sure will be a highly successful and fulfilling career.


Matthew says:

The Level 6 qualification is something that I have aspired to for a long time because, in my opinion, it is the leading professional qualification for UK arboriculturists.


I studied through Tree Life AC at Westonbirt Arboretum and although I knew it would be two years of dedicated hard work, I found that the teaching and the company of other arbs really improved the experience. The stringent learning process that I have been through has given me a broader and more considered perspective, which in turn enables me to give balanced and-to-the point expert advice to clients.


Winning this award gives me a true sense of achievement and is a real honour.


And Dave Dowson from Tree Life said:

Matthew dedicated himself to completing the diploma in the ideal two year period which many do not .

The Level 6 diploma is the premier professional qualification in arboriculture and recognised as such by the industry. It has a long history dating back 50 years and, still today, in its modern format provides potential consultants and tree officers with the knowledge and skills to manage the UKs wonderful population of trees now and in the future.


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