site, kit hire

Kit hire

We provide kit hire as an option so that you can complete a range of courses without investing in some of the initial costs. It also allows you to try before you buy and, in particular with climbing kit, to be aware of the choice available and what might suit you. 

Our responsibility

We aim to provide high quality items that are in good working condition. If there is an issue with any of your hire kit, please let us know as soon as possible and we will endeavor to resolve the issue.

Your responsibility

We expect you to take reasonable care of all kit used during your training and assessment and to return it in the same condition it was provided - this will allow it to be used by future clients.

All kit is to be returned on the last day of your training and on the assessment day, unless otherwise arranged in writing.

We understand that things can happen and that during your training there may be reasonable wear and tear that occurs to the kit.

Examples of reasonable wear and tear

PPE Chainsaw  Climbing kit 

Laces broken

Small tear to the outer fabric  of chainsaw trousers 

Chain damage

Starter recoil spring breaks

Chain brake band fails 

Dirty/ wet through climbing use

Non-functioning karabiners

This list is not exhaustive but is an example of reasonable wear and tear. We can fix all at a reasonable cost.


If kit is damaged beyond reasonable wear and tear or through neglect or mis-use, there will be a charge.

Examples of damage beyond reasonable wear and tear

PPE Chainsaw  Climbing kit 
Trousers torn through to inner lining

Ripped clothing



Cut with another saw 

Part broken off  

Rope cut/spiked/glazed
Lost/ stolen while in your care

Run over

Damaged beyond repair 



Our site

"The layout of the entire area was superb."

"The range of equipment available to use for training is very comprehensive, the training areas are very impressive and highly suitable for training." - Joe

We are pleased to be able to provide tree surgery training and assessments on our 250-acre site near Tunbridge Wells (Kent) with its two fully equipped workshops. The outside practical areas and woodland are ideal for climbing courses and chainsaw training allowing a smooth transition from workshop to the yard to woodland. 

Softwood plantations are predominately used for tree felling courses, with the option to mix in broadleaved and coppice crops if required.

Trees for climbing, aerial cutting and rigging course are plentiful, and spread over the whole site and relate to its unusual history. One area used for tree climbing only training courses are part of the estate that was open to the public as an informal woodland garden, so these areas benefit from a good selection of tree species, sizes and forms. For those interested in developing their tree identification skills much of these areas was given to ornamental planting. 

We have recently build a wooden framed structure, which is our new climbing shelter for when the weather turns. This was a project build with our local Scout and Explorer Group during a camp in the wettest, windiest time - but what an achievement. 

With little hedge management over the last 100 years or so, field boundaries consist of mature oak, ash, hornbeam and sweet chestnut trees with plenty of lateral branches to climb and work on.

We benefit from being five minutes away from a main Stihl and Husqvarna dealer. This allows us to quickly maintain or repair clients' kit or equipment.


Tree surgery courses and other courses can be arranged at your own premises if more convenient and suitable. Full facilities for all attendees would be required. We generally find that people react better to learning when not at work, as there are fewer distractions. 


Assessments are carried out on the training site, giving you confidence with your work area. During your course, you generally select a range of trees that will be felled or climbed during your assessment.