Laurence Hawkins ND.Fo.Arb. (Triple dist.) ISA
From the time I could first walk, my parents tell me I was always climbing trees and I loved it so much my Father built a tree house for me in the canopy of an oak in the garden. I spent a lot of time up there and my braver friends joined me (with the help of a rope ladder).
Looking back, perhaps I was always destined to be a tree surgeon. I'm sure some of my old teachers will remember my passion for climbing and their worries for my safety! I have always lived in Hailsham and attended Hailsham Community College where I gained a wide range of GCSEs and the top Student prizes for DT, Geography and Science in my final year. Following this, I knew I didn't want to stay on and study for A levels, but instead I continued my education at Plumpton Agricultural College. I really enjoyed my two years there on the National Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture. The course was a good mixture of theory and practical work and I especially enjoyed my work placement with a tree surgeon based in Eastbourne.