The Arborists, Zakiya Mckenzie

There are only three tree-climbers in Forestry England. They scale the tallest of trees, grooming and look after them. The tree-climbers know all the trees at Westonbirt Arbouretum personally. Fascinating!

The Arborists

Heights of great men, reached and kept, were not attained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were climbing upwards, upwards, upwards…

towering giant
aerial king
crown grazer
air thin
beyond cloud
blessed blue
sky above
grey sky too
wavering wind
dainty spread
limbs to tread
leaping logs
timber tightrope
pivoting blocks
still floats
sky walker
majestic muse
skilled worker
skill of use
skilful arbour
graceful climber
trim the fat
treetop gymnast
none like thee
balancing beams
felling trees


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Silhouette of forest at pink sunset
In the Dean, to have had your first amourous experience in the forest was to get your ‘fern ticket’
Close up of blackberry flower
She checked to see what time it was. Looking up at the sun, she smiled because the rainclouds that had splashed the morning seemed to have moved on.
Eerie trees in the forest
A cobalt sky blanketed the morning and pockets of hazy sunshine beamed through morphing openings in the canopy high.