Meet the Boss
Sam Spiers ND arb, RFS cert arb
“Since an early age, I have been drawn to the mystery and grandeur of those huge living organisms known as trees”
Like most young boys, I would wander off into the local woods and spend the day climbing trees and building dens. Although there was something embedded in me that went that bit further than simply a general interest. Some of my earliest memories are of helping my Dad and Uncle in a woodland on a local farm. Mainly clearing the brambles or trying to light the bonfires, but occasionally under their watchful eye they would let me cut the logs smaller for fire wood. I would think nothing of a chainsaw now, but back then it was a very scary machine, and I loved it. I knew this is what I wanted to do when I was older. This interest stayed with me through to senior school where I did my work experience at a local Horticulture nursery. Potting the plants, watering and even a chance to have a ride on their tractor, I was in my element. I left school as an average achiever with average grades, but a drive and determination to follow my passion for trees all the way.
Following school I decided to undertake the one year First Diploma in Forestry Mechanisation at Plumpton Agricultural College. It was what I needed. A real insight into the world of Forestry and Arboriculture. I made some good like-minded friends on the course and passed with a Distinction. I did feel like that this was just scratching the surface however and needed to advance my knowledge further. Therefore it was only common sense to study the two year National Diploma in Arboriculture. Within these two years I could feed my passion for trees and their environment and even learn Latin along the way. I made more great friends, as well as meeting my now wife Laura, who was also a student on the course also. I left Plumpton College with a huge range of Practical and academic qualifications. It was just the experience I needed now.
I started my first full time job as a climber with a local Tree surgery company. I was thrown straight into the deep end but was grateful for that as I believe this is what accelerated my practical skills. I wasn’t the quickest climber back then, but I always took great pride in what I was doing and most importantly never lost respect for the trees I worked on. My boss soon acknowledged my capabilitys and suggested putting me through a higher level academic course. It was the Royal Forestry Society Certificate in Arboriculture. I passed the course with a much deeper understanding of Arboriculture.
After 7 years as supervisor, I felt that I was ready to take the plunge and start up my own tree surgery company. I have strived since then to put the company heads and shoulders above the competition in terms of quality, care and professionalism. I was even privileged enough to be asked back to college, this time teaching the Arboriculture Foundation degree students one day a week. A chance to share my knowledge and passion with like-minded individuals.
I will forever be a perfectionist when it comes to the care of trees and their environment. I believe this shows in the work that Town And Country Tree Services undertake.
I hope this gives you a brief history of my Tree Surgery and Arboricultural background.
All the best.
Sam Spiers (ND Arb, RFS Cert Arb)