My View of Utility Arb – James Dadd
October 25, 2021
Coming into the industry 15 years ago the Utility Arb sector seemed to be frowned upon, however since then it has gained momentum where the quality and standard has increased massively into a professional recognised industry. Utility Arb comes with a whole variety of careers and paths from being a Groundsman, Climber, Ecologist or even leadership roles.

There’s a whole skill set required to becoming a Utility Arborist including tree identification, diseases & fungus identification, health & safety, kit maintenance, communication skills with colleagues & the general public. Utility surveyors are also highly trained to come up with work specifications for the best management of trees around the lines but also for what better suits the customer.

Over the years the general public has become aware of the importance of maintaining vegetation around the lines to maintain continuity of supply to their homes and others around them.

A benefit that may not be so obvious is that the rotational cutting and clearing of vegetation around the lines encourages a diverse habitat for wildlife. This is especially true where lines run through woodlands, we often find the rotational management encourages insects, butterflies, dormice, and flight paths for bats. Western Power Distribution encourage tree planting on our Resilience contract, these works are undertaken during the planting season.

It can be hard to entice people into the arb utility industry but there is a great variety of work & a lot of things to learn, it’s also a great way to visit different places & meet new people. I would recommend giving it a try to anyone.

If you have any queries or would like some more advise surrounding careers in the utility arb sector, please do not hesitate to contact James via email –