our team

About Us

We are a tree specialist company based in the South West, between Newton Abbot and Totnes. Established in 1978, we are a family firm with a wealth of experience.

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Managing Director

Andy Burton is our Managing Director and set up the company soon after leaving college in 1978.

Senior Arboricultural Consultant

Jonathan has worked in arboriculture since 1993 and joined us in the summer of 2013.  He is a very experienced arboriculturalist, incorporating 10 years as a local authority tree officer and 8 years as a tree surgeon.  Jonathan provides a comprehensive client focused service which includes planning and development, woodland management, ecology, tree strategy, subsidence and tree planting.  He is a Professional Member of the Arboricultural Association.

Health and Safety Manager - Climbing Arborist - Team leader

Darren joined us in 2005. As well as being a very competent climbing arborist, Darren is also our Health & Safety manager. His management and record keeping helps us maintain our high standards of safety.

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Climbing Arborist - Team leader

Our longest-serving climbing Arborist and team leader, Chris has been with the company since 1999. A highly experienced member of the team, he is also the staff representative.

Climbing Arborist - Team leader

Paul has been with us since 2005 and is highly respected as a strong climber.

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Climbing Arborist - Team leader

Another top climber, Tom is regularly mentioned in in our customers’ feedback for his helpful and polite manner.

Arborist and Stump Grinding Operative

Mike has been with the company now for over fifteen years and carries out the majority of our stump grinding and Airspade excavation works. He also helps us maintain our vast array of machinery; a fantastic all-rounder.

Climbing Arborist - Team Leader

Dave, who joined us in 2008 is currently seconded as a Tree Officer to Exeter City Council and also manages a team dedicated to tree works in the city. Dave’s work ethic is a credit to the company.


Josh chose us as his work placement whilst at school and has joined us permanently after gaining his National Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture from Bicton College. He joined us in the summer of 2011 and has since shown a strong desire to learn and develop his skills.

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Chris is our fleet manager and mechanic. He joined us in 2008. Based at our Ipplepen depot, Chris keeps our fleet of trucks, hoists, chippers and vans on the move. Thankfully he is also a dab hand with a chainsaw, helping out the arborist teams as required.

Trainee Arborist

Although Sam is learning the ropes, he shows great potential and is a great asset to the teams.

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Trainee Arborist

Chris has just joined us after a career change. His eagerness to learn and good work ethic makes him a valued member of the team.

Landscaping Manager

Dan currently manages our Grounds Maintenance and Landscaping division. Dan originally joined us in 2008 as part of our tree works division and is a truly multi-skilled member of our team.

Accounts Manager

Vanessa, who joined us in 2007, manages all of our accounting and financial data as well as handling client’s calls, preparing quotes and general administration.

Administration and HR Manager

Gill has been with us for over 15 years and deals with contract administration and tendering, as well as managing our human resource requirements.