September 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Writtle College recently received a positive addition to its short course equipment store when the department was offered a set of two, two handled chainsaws and one top handled chainsaw. The College and its students will hugely benefit from this permanent loan agreement offered by the chainsaw design and engineering company – STIHL.

Writtle College offers a full range of short courses specifically related to the maintenance of the landscape. From chainsaw courses for the domestic user through to courses specifically aimed at experienced arboriculturists, all of which will use the equipment during practical training sessions.

Alongside the chainsaws Writtle’s store of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has also been replenished by the international brand STIHL. Altogether Writtle has a secured up-to £2,500 worth of PPE equipment, including specialist climbing trousers.

Andy Sparks, Head of Further Education said: “Both STIHL and the College can benefit immensely from this permanent loan agreement. This agreement will give the College and our students access to state-of- the-art tools and equipment required to deliver high quality training and education,

We gratefully appreciate the competitive advantage that STIHL have offered us and look forward to working with them on future projects.”

Kevin Roy from STIHL commented further on the mutual advantage: “STIHL sell chainsaws and garden power tool products in 160 countries worldwide and we recognise the importance of staying in touch with the people who work with our product. Through Writtle College we look forward to offering students the opportunity to train on the most up-to-date STIHL equipment possible.”

Writtle already has an existing working relationship with STIHL, using them as a preferred manufacturer of various power tools for the Bushcutter short course.

Short Courses and training at Writtle College is an ideal route to learning a specialist craft to gain accreditation for technical skills, or simply to indulge a hobby. Just some of the specialist areas taught are: agriculture, animal care, floristry, photography and horticulture. To find out further information please contact: or 01245 424286 / 421782.

Pictured: Andy Sparks – Head of Further Education, Steve Woodley – Writtle’s Chainsaw expert, Roy Stevens – Countryside Management dept, Kevin Roy – Area Manager STIHL