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Climbing to great heights

Russell Plumb overcame a fear of heights to become a championship tree climber and arborist. Photo by Elyse Sadtler

KENT — Russell Plumb is afraid of heights. One would never guess this, however, while watching him perched high up in a tree, moving nimbly from limb to limb. 

Russell, an arborist and this year’s winner of the New England Tree Climbing Championship, has been climbing to great heights for the past 22 years.

Originally hailing from the town of Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire, England, Russell stumbled into the tree business quite serendipitously.   

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