<span>Arborist Spotlight</span> Isobel Watson

Arborist Spotlight Isobel Watson Sherrilltree Team May 23rd 2019

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!