Tony Lucas. BSc (Hons), FdSc, MarborA. NPTC Assessor, Lantra +F Trainer, Loler Inspector (Arb).
I am an NPTC Assessor in all aerial chainsaw units and all of the ground units. I am technically evaluated for all the units I train by NPTC and LANTRA. I am also qualified as a LANTRA trainer and can deliver LANTRA courses for Kingswood. I am a forestry plus trainer for Lantra and can deliver the FISA updates.
On the arboricultural side I am a professional member of the Arboricultural Association and a Loler examiner.
I have been involved in forestry and arboriculture for twenty years during which time I have worked for small and large tree surgery companies, starting as a young climber on domestic jobs, and over time moving to main arborist at Harvest Forestry in Brighton. Over the years I have climbed on contracts in Britain and abroad with my NPTC tickets.
I started up my own business in 1999 called Broadleaves which deals with both forestry and arboriculture work for many organisations such as local councils, The Forestry Commission and wildlife trusts. I run this concurrently with training at Kingswood as I believe that it is important to keep up the working industry side of tree work with my training.
During the last ten years I went to university as a mature student where I achieved a Distinction in Forestry and Woodland Management (FDSC level 5) and a BSc (Hons) in Ecology and Biogeography with a 2.1. I have written papers on woodland management and woodland ecology and carried out ecological survey work and woodland management plans.
I have been training and Assessing at Kingswood for over four years and enjoy training at Kingswood as I have found the professional and supportive environment allows me to give the students as much information and knowledge as I can, hopefully bringing out the best in them for their assessments.