Fred Burkitt gained his experience with a couple of tree surgery businesses. With Gristwood and Toms, Fred worked with a wide range of London-based organisations including Westminster Council, The Royal Parks and English Heritage. During his time in London he worked at Kew Gardens and was also part of the 2012 Olympic effort, helping LOCOG by providing emergency response in St James’ Park.
It was here he honed his practical skills and was able to complete the training necessary to become a fully-qualified Arborist.
Following this, Fred returned to his roots in North Hertfordshire, where he set about establishing The Blue Tree Company.
Fred’s first venture into tree surgery, however, was in 2003, when he worked for Hertfordshire based Ashwell Trees before heading to the University of Sheffield. Fred strongly believes that a good foundation in Sociology is the natural precursor to a successful career in Arboriculture!
He studied at the National Diploma in Arboriculture and Forestry at Capel Manor College, where he achieved a Triple Distinction and received the Husqvarna Best Arborist Award. Fred is a believer in continuous professional development and has since achieved a TechArborA from The Arboricultural Association.