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Personal First Aid Kits for climbing arborists are a vital piece of PPE list for any of our aerial courses. The HSE now advises that personal first aid kits should now contain one or more haemostatic dressings and a tourniquet, rather than as previously advised a large wound dressing, for situations where control of significant haemorrhage is required.

The Guidance states:

First aid kit

You should carry a personal first aid kit on you while at work. Make sure you have received suitable training on using its contents. It should contain at least one or more haemostatic dressings, a tourniquet, a pair of plastic gloves and a Resusciade (or similar device). Keep a worksite first aid kit at a central location.

Working with Native Arb, we are pleased to be able to recommend and sell their personal first aid kits

What’s included?

  • 1 x  C.A.T tourniquet
  • 1 x 1 metre long Haemostatic Gauze
  • 1 x Military Field Dressing 10 x 19cm
  • 1 x Resuscitation-Aid
  • 1 x Gloves (Pair)

Our instructors love these kits because the waterproof bag is easy to access with one hand and roomy enough to get to the contents.


Have you been looking to either get started or develop your skills within the Forestry Industry but can’t access the training needed? A new Forestry Training Fund is available now to cover training costs for short, practical forestry courses. Funding is available for people considering a change of career or seeking to build and diversify their skills in forestry and who want to undertake a forestry-related training course.

Approved training courses have been selected to support the training requirements needed in these areas and here at VMT we can guide you through the best routes to develop your skill set and get where you need to be. Navigating your way through the application may feel daunting, but we can give you all the information that you might need to complete the form, either online or on paper. As Lantra approved providers you can be assured of an industry recognised and accredited qualification along with our established reputation for looking after our clients.

So what are you waiting for?

To find out more just contact us at or call us on 03330 151152 or visit

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We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer training and qualification for the Level 4 Award in Thorough Examination of Arboricultural Lifting Equipment through our very own in house instructor, Phill Escritt. With three days of training and 1 day accredited assessment at either our own Islip training Centre or, subject to numbers, the client’s own location, Phill is well equipped to develop your knowledge and understanding of the standards needed to be classed as a competent person to carry out LOLER assessments. Small groups (max 4)  give you plenty of time to work through the syllabus in order to understand the requirements of the qualification.

Aimed at those with a comprehensive knowledge of modern arboricultural practice, particularly relating to tree climbing and rigging techniques and the associated equipment used in such operations.  Typically you will come from an arboricultural contracting background, but this also includes  associated roles, providing you have the relevant knowledge and experience of arboricultural equipment and the circumstances in which it is commonly used.

What you can expect to cover:

  • HSE legislation and safety guidelines
  • Inspection intervals
  • Record keeping, traceability, and reporting
  • Identification
  • Types of damage and defects
  • Inspection techniques
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Lifespan and disposal of equipment
  • Glossary of terms & abbreviations

At the end of your course you will be assessed on your ability to

  • Show understanding of and compliance with legislation pertaining to the examination of arboricultural lifting equipment.
  • Produce a report of thorough examination.
  • Show understanding of equipment inspection and fault diagnosis.
  • Use and understand terminology for the thorough examination of lifting equipment.
  • Show understanding of lifting equipment configurations.

For more information, please visit the course section of the website, email on or call us on 03330151152.
 are pleased to offer the new BALI ROLO Supervisor courses. Two courses; one for new Supervisors and the other, a shorter refresher, for existing Supervisors.

A blended learning, three-day (1 day self-taught online and 2 days face to face) course that is equivalent to the CITB SSSTS and fully endorsed by Build UK and the CITB. This course is designed specifically for the Landscaping, Arboriculture, Amenity Maintenance and Ecology based industry sectors.

Covering areas including Health and Safety Legislation, Safe Systems of Work, Environmental Legislation, Environmental Impact, Managing Waste and the Role of the Manager; the course builds the knowledge and skills needed to effectively Supervise a team on site.

There are a  variety of teaching and learning methods including groupwork, paired task completion and individual tasks, guiding you through legislation to application onto a worksite. Real life examples of Risk Assessments and Safe Systems of work will be analysed and used to form the basis of your own documents; designing and delivering your own toolbox talks develops the skills needed to effectively communicate the safe systems of work on your own worksites.

Our instructors are not just academically qualified but have years of working within the Landscaping and Arboriculture industries so really understand the work of our trainees and the issues that they face on site and you will be actively encouraged to share both your own knowledge and experience and learn from others in your group.

Assessment is through a 40 question online test and tutor assessment of your input into the group, paired and individual activities. Using a range of assessment ensures that the you are able to effectively work individually and as part of a team in order to supervise the site of work.

Feedback from our courses have been incredibly positive with candidates really appreciating the relevance to their actual role within the landscaping and vegetation management industries.

Interested? Check out our website or contact the office, we have now added early 2023 dates!!!