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View from the trees offered by York college

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Visitors to York’s Bloom! Festival with a sense of adventure can put their tree climbing skills to the test.

And with feet firmly on the ground, there is an opportunity to check out leaves, bugs and bark from their climb under the microscopes.

Sam Bentley, 17, from Ripley,   tree climbing in the heart of York in the grounds of York St John University.

Sam Bentley, 17, from Ripley, tree climbing in the heart of York in the grounds of York St John University.

The festival from July 5-8 includes trails, demonstrations, exhibitions, open gardens and a flower show. It is supported by York Bid.

The tree climbing will be led and supervised by the college’s Head of Horticulture, Jess Herbert who has represented the UK in the World and European Tree Climbing Championships and is the reigning Welsh Champion.

She explained: “Tree climbing isn’t just something children do for fun, and whilst it’s exciting, it’s a vital part of managing our woodlands and an integral part of our forestry and arboriculture courses.”

As well as tree climbing, at the festival Askham Bryan College will be running workshops on various subjects.