Introduction to Arboriculture


This 6-module course provides a comprehensive introduction to arboriculture, tree health, and woodland management. It is an ideal foundation for further study as well as a useful guide for keen amateur gardeners who would like to know more about this specialist area.

Study topics covered include: soil formation, structure and physical characteristics; soil water; the history of woodland/forestry cover in Great Britain from 1600 A.D.; ecology and woodland ecosystems; tree structure and physiology, causes of ill health and treatment; propagation, selection, planting and aftercare of woody plants; health and safety issues; equipment maintenance; trees and the law.

Students have up to 12 months to complete this course, allowing them to work through the modules at their own pace. On average, however, it takes students around 10 months to complete the course, based on 3 - 4 hours study time per week. Students can also purchase an extra 12 months of tutor support for just £20 if required.

When you become a student you're assigned an expert personal tutor who you can contact at any time by email and who will work with you throughout your course. A member of our team is also available by instant chat between 9 am and 9 pm, 7 days a week, to answer any questions you might have at time to suit you.

I'm a gardener by trade and wanted to know more caring for trees. This course was perfect - I especially enjoyed the sections about woodland history and the ecology of woodlands. Fascinating stuff! 

Dave Mason 
Arboriculture Student

Accredited Qualification

  • Edinburgh Garden School Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture

Book Now - Online Course £165

The first batch of course material will be delivered within 2 hours* and you can then begin working through the material, print it off or save it to your computer. (*7 days a week, between the hours of 5am and 9pm uk time only; at other times we'll send through your material as soon as we get back to our desks!)

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Pay by 6 instalments - 6 x £27.50 (Total £165)

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Your course material is delivered in a .pdf format directly to your inbox. You can then save the modules to your computer, so you can study when offline. You can also print your course material off if you wish.

If you prefer, you can order a printed copy of the course notes from EGS. These are despatched in large, A4 binders and delivered by courier. The cost is £60 including courier fees.

You will be offered the option to purchase a printed copy of the course notes after enrolment, but you can order them at any time during your course. This offer is only available to students currently enrolled on the course.