Tree consultant in the south east

If you’re looking for a tree consultant in the south east, you’ve just landed on the right
Perhaps a professional third party has told you that you need our unique type of
expertise; a specialist tree report or survey, for a specific reason. Maybe you’re an
architect, planning consultant or property developer seeking an authoritative
assessment on behalf of a client. Perhaps you’re a private residential client seeking
a report for insurance, legal reasons, or a mortgage application.
We can help.
Arbor Cultural has over 20 years’ experience and knowledge. For all kinds of
purposes, whatever you require – trees are very much our thing.

Background and Qualifications
Arbor Cultural was founded by Tom Thompson, who manages and runs the business on a day-to-day basis. Tom has a Masters degree in Forestry, and a BSc in Arboriculture.
He has studied and worked in urban forestry, enabling people, trees and property to co-exist in the best way possible. Tom has also worked in woodland creation and organic waste recycling, as well as for the public sector as a tree officer in
arboriculture (urban forestry) for two local authorities.
The Arbor Cultural team has a wealth of industry accreditations and trade
memberships, including:

  • Arboriculture Association Professional Member
  • Consulting Arborist Society (CAS) Member
  • Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) Associated Member
  • International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist

For you, this means qualities and credentials of the highest order; an authority in a
vocation that will make a real difference to the outcome you deserve.

Tree Consultant in the South East
Our Mission and Values

We inspect and assess trees with a commitment always to preserve and keep them within our built environment.
Trees are life. Not only are they simply beautiful, they also bring us health, well-being and happiness. Trees quite literally add value to our existence and experience as human beings. They give us cleaner air, protection and shade. Plus, they can even reduce the impact of flash flooding in extreme weather.
Arbor Cultural is passionate about promoting the benefits of trees. 


Digital Developments for Nature

To deliver the skills you need, we make the most of contemporary technology, and keep up to speed with industry and environmental developments. Indeed, we lead the Digital Arboriculture Practice (DAP) working group. This body aims to highlight the importance of trees in urban environments and how best to achieve this – technical know-how that benefits arboricultural impact assessments in particular. 


Specialist Tree Consultant in the South East

We cover all areas in the south east, including Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, London and all the home counties. Contact us for more information.

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FAQs about tree consultancy

At Arbor Cultural, we’re often asked the similar questions when people ask about our services – and they’re all entirely practical. So, to make your life easier, we’ve
compiled this list of FAQs about tree consultancy However, don’t sit and wonder if you’re unsure about anything. You may have specific queries that a telephone call or email could solve in a jiffy, so do get in touch

A good question. The answer is No.
We’re tree consultants – or arboricultural consultants; “tree consultant” is slightly
less of a tongue twister.
In our experience, although aboriculturalists’ work often echoes what we do, it’s easy
to confuse or associate the role with that of a tree surgeon – something that we
most definitely do NOT do. Also, we refer to ourselves as tree consultants because
we have a laser focus on preserving trees. Removing a tree is a matter of absolute
last resort, and is to be avoided whenever and wherever possible.

Arbor Cultural works with amenity trees – those in public parks, private gardens,
open spaces, urban woodlands, schools, golf courses, alongside roads, railway lines,
and housing estates – there are many examples where there is a need for tree
surveys and reports. And, given that trees help to make our communities healthier
and happier, preserved and sustained.
We work with the private residential sector, the public sector (for urban planning) and professionals such as planning consultants, architects and property developers.

We focus on regular professional development to keep our knowledge up to speed.
The courses we have undertaken include:

  • The Arboricultural Association for Professional Tree Inspection qualification
  • Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA)
  • Tree Hazard Risk Evaluation and Treatment System (THREATS)
  • Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)
  • VALID tree risk assessment and management

Arbor Cultural covers the whole of the south east: East and West Sussex, Surrey,
Kent, Hampshire, all of London and throughout the home counties. For specialist
work, we may be able to travel further. Get in touch to find out more.

BS stands for British Standard.
The British Standard “Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition, and Construction –
Recommendations (BS 5837) (2012) is used by the local planning authorities to
assess the impact on trees during the construction phase of a development. That is,
there are certain criteria that must be met with regard to the trees for the application to be approved.

Similar to a property survey as part of your process of buying a house, some lenders
will ask for a tree survey. The need for this may arise further to the building survey
itself, perhaps due to damage nearby trees have caused or the possibility of this
Trees and buildings co-exist happily, but occasionally, a tree’s root systems can
cause structural damage or subsidence. Equally, there may be issues with drains or
distortion to hard surfaces, such as paving or driveways. A tree survey from Arbor
Cultural will inform both the lender and the purchaser of the likely costs of putting
things right – enabling them to make good decisions from a practical and financial
point of view.

We provide expert witness reports for legal issues, high hedge assessments, tree
valuation reports, tree management policies, tree heritage assessments, and related
subsidence assessments and reports.

Trees are an enormous part of our heritage and history, and we promote their
intrinsic value at every opportunity. Our world is waking up to the undeniable fact
that trees are actually good for us. They provide an incredible range of social,
environmental and economic benefits to society, in effect doing several amazing
things at once. Trees:

  • Clean the air
  • Reduce temperatures
  • Break up soil and hold water there
  • Offer protection from the sun
  • Capture carbon
  • “Soften” the built environment by enhancing views
  • Provide physical and mental well-being

We feel good when we’re around trees. Modern life is affecting their life and health.
So, our focus is on sustainability and protection – and always will be.

Yes. You can have complete peace of mind when you engage us . Arbor Cultural is
covered with £2 million of professional indemnity to include mortgage and insurance reports, and £10 million for public liability insurance.