About Foremans Tree Specialists
Foremans Tree Specialists are a team of highly qualified tree surgeons operating throughout Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex, including Crawley & Horsham and all surrounding areas. For more information on the locations in which we operate please visit our areas covered page.
We provide a vast range of commercial and residential tree services ranging from tree felling and removal, to hedge trimming and stump grinding. Every team member takes pride in their profession, and we guarantee the highest level of quality by following BS3998:2010 British Standard guidelines for tree work. We also hold £10 million public and £10 million employee liability insurance, so you can rest assured we're covered for every eventuality.
At Foremans Tree Specialists, customer satisfaction is paramount, but we always strive to strike a balance between your needs and what's best for the health of the trees and environment. Before any work is started, we suggest a free consultation to identify your goals, discuss options and answer any questions or concerns.
Our friendly staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the arboricultural industry, and we've built an excellent reputation for being approachable, trustworthy and completely transparent. But don't take our word for it, we have over 200 glowing reviews on Checkatrade, plus boast a 5-star rating on Rated People and Google My Business.
Furthermore, we're approved and vetted by Surrey Trading Standards.
So if you're searching for un-rivalled tree surgery services in Surrey, Hampshire or West Sussex including Horsham, Crawley, Dorking or anywhere across the south-east Contact Us today to discuss your requirements.
If you have an emergency or need to get a job done ASAP call 01403 333142 and we'll do the very best we can to assist.
Tree Felling & Removal
Whether you’re looking to fell and remove a tree due to safety, practicality or simply for aesthetic reasons, Foreman’s Tree Specialists can help.
Tree pruning is an essential maintenance task that must be carried out in order to preserve the aesthetics and longevity of your trees.
Pollarding is one of our most requested services and is used to keep trees smaller than they would naturally grow.
Emergency Tree Work
Even for those who regularly maintain their trees and garden, it’s impossible to prepare for emergencies that seemingly crop up when you least expect them.
Trying to remove a stump without adequate equipment is a thankless task at the best of times. These stubborn stumps are often rooted deep underground making them almost impossible to get rid of without the correct tools and training.
Hedge & Garden Maintenance
No tranquil garden is complete without a beautiful array of hedges and shrubs, but keeping them in pristine condition requires expert maintenance.
Our knowledgable team can not only advise you on what will look great based on their years of experience, but can ensure that each tree is planted safely, securely, and with its long term health at heart.
Whether you’re looking to remove an existing garden space and start again with a blank canvas or simply need to clear an area ready for a new construction project, Foreman’s Tree Specialists have the tools and experience to expedite the process.
You will be pleased to know we are fully insured. View our insurance documents here…
Logs, Firewood & Woodchip Delivery In Surrey, Hampshire & West Sussex
We now deliver high quality, locally sourced split logs, firewood & woodchip throughout Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex, including Guildford, Horsham, Crawley & Dorking.
Tree Cable Bracing
Tree cable bracing is the best way to provide structural support; it helps to avoid structural damage and ensure the longevity of the tree.
Veteran Tree Management
We provide a complete range of veteran tree management solutions, including tree location mapping, management plans production and plan implementation.
Cat Rescue & Drone Recovery
We have safely and successfully rescued many cats and recovered drones across West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. Contact us today and we’ll return your feline friend or drone back to you as soon as we can.
Estate Management Services
We provide a comprehensive range Estate Management Services across West Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire including Guildford, Horsham, Crawley Billingshurst & Dorking.
Climber, Creeper & Ivy Removal or Pruning
Creeper, Climber and Ivy Pruning or Removal can preserve aesthetics of your property and prevent costly damage further down the line.
Some More Helpful Information
Things you must remember to ask when hiring an arborist or tree surgeon in West Sussex, Horsham, Crawley, Billingshurst or other local areas.
There are a few things you should check or ask for if you're seeking a professional, safe and quality service. We have touched upon these things previously but have outlined them in bullet points below:
- Ask the tree surgeon if they have insurance. Tree surgeons should have as a minimum public and employers liability insurance to the value of £5 million. They should also be happy to provide proof of this. You can find copies of our insurance documents here.
- Ask the tree surgeon about their qualifications. As a minimum, they should have certificates for chainsaw use from either NPTC or LANTRA. Still, we recommend you require proof of more extensive qualifications, for example, felling if felling is wanted and use of a chainsaw from rope and harness if they intend to climb any trees. Copies of our qualifications are available on request.
- Ask them if they are members of any professional associations or hold any accreditations. Commonly, tree surgeons will be members of accrediting bodies such as Checkatrade, Which? Trusted Traders or the Arboricultural Association. Companies will be vetted and have their details checked by such associations, and references will also be required. We are proud members of Checkatrade you can view our profile here.
- Do your background checks online. Nowadays, recommendations and reviews are easy to find. Read reviews posted online by using search engines such as Google. For example, search "Foremans Tree Specialists", and you'll see reviews left by our previous customers on Google business, Checkatrade, Yell and Rated People to name just a few.
- Ask who will be carrying out the work and their level of experience with the arboricultural industry. It's one thing having the certificates, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are skilled enough for the task in hand. It takes years of practice to become a competent tree surgeon so you should always take time to ask about the experience level of the operators, especially if the job is a technical one. Our knowledgable arborists have been in the industry for many years and have the experience to tackle any arboreal task.
- Ask if they will be carrying out the work to BS3998: 2010 'Tree Work – Recommendations'. BS3998: 2010 is the British standard guidelines for tree work that any reputable tree surgeon should follow to help assure the longevity and health of trees and hedges. Foremans Tree Specialist always work to British standards.
- Ask how and where they will disposing of any arisings (green waste) generated as a result of the work. We have a waste carrier license and always dispose of waste responsibly, we despise fly-tippers, and rogue traders give our industry a bad name.
Ask for a detailed, written quotation. A written quotation not only safeguards you and the contractor, but it also avoids any confusion with regards to the job specification. Foremans Tree Specialist are happy to provide free no-obligation site visits and written quotations, so contact us today.
These questions are crucial to ask if you are looking for a safe, trouble-free and quality service.
It's also important to mention that if the tree surgeon advises you that your trees are in excellent condition and require no attention, then this is an indication of their honesty. Sometimes the trees are best left to their own devices for both health and aesthetic reasons.
What does a 'tree surgeon' actually do?
If you're searching 'tree surgeon West Sussex' and thinking to yourself 'what does a tree surgeon do?', then this next part will undoubtedly for you.
Primarily, we concentrate on the maintenance and care of trees and hedges which have their very own ecosystem and are also an essential component of the environment. Tree surgeons are also commonly referred to as arborists; many see there is no real difference, yet, we feel an arborist takes into account the consequences of their actions to help ensure the longevity of the tree and its environment. With that in mind, Foremans Tree Specialists see themselves as passionate arborists, taking every opportunity to care for our natural environment and retaining beautiful trees for years to come.
Our knowledgable team of arborists have a considerable array of tree surgery skills and techniques to help you achieve your wants and needs while protecting the health of your tree. From formative tree pruning to veteran tree management and everything in-between, Foremans Tree Specialists have the experience and training to get your job done.
A reputable tree surgeon should always start each project with a consultation to identify your needs and answer any questions you may have. The consultation is a crucial stage as it allows both you and your tree professional to discuss not only the options you may have but also the process of the chosen works.
We offer a free site visit and consultation as part of our quotation process so contact us today, and we'll be more than happy to discuss your next project.
The most important reasons for hiring a tree surgeon
Possibly the most significant reason for choosing to hire a qualified tree surgeon in West Sussex, or any location, is that they will have undergone the necessary training to complete the task safely.
Tree surgery is a risky business even for the professionals, so if attempted by the public or untrained individuals, you're inviting the chance of severe damage, injury or even death.
The best tree surgeons invest heavily in specialist equipment so will have access to the right tools not only to help ensure their safety but also to make the job considerably more manageable.
When you trim, prune or remove trees, shrubs and vegetation, you will inevitably be left with waste and debris. Generally speaking, any upstanding tree surgeon will have a truck, chipper and a waste carrier license to process, transport and dispose of any arisings responsibly.
FAQS Regarding Our Tree Surgery in Horsham, West Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire
I've heard some people refer to tree surgeons as "arborists" – what is an arborist and is there a difference?
Generally speaking, an "arborist" is just another term for a "tree surgeon". However, there has been some debate within the industry that we should only credit the phrase "arborist" to those who hold higher level qualifications in arboriculture. Many of us see the term "arborist" as a way of describing a tree surgeon who takes into consideration the long term impact the work they are carrying out may have on the tree, its surroundings and environment as a whole. Whatever your view, anyone claiming to be an arborist or professional tree surgeon is someone who should have all the qualifications, experience, knowledge and most importantly insurance to carry out whatever tree surgery service they are undertaking. It's of vital importance you do your due diligence and check for evidence of any claims the contractor may make. Foremans Tree Specialists are Arborists and professional tree surgeons through and through; you can see proof of our insurance here, and certificates for our qualifications are available upon request.
What areas do Foremans Tree Specialists provide their tree surgery services?
Foremans Tree Specialists cover all local areas within and surrounding West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire including Horsham, Crawley, Petworth, Dorking, Reigate, Cranleigh and Haslemere. More generally speaking, we are happy to operate throughout the south-east and will consider bigger projects even further afield. If you are unsure if we service your area, you can contact a member of the team today and we'll do our best to assist you in any way we can.
I have 'tree emergency' – can you send an emergency tree surgeon out asap?
As Horsham based, compassionate tree surgeons, we can empathise how badly unexpected tree emergencies can impact your life and daily routine. We will do everything we can to reach you as quickly as possible to make the situation safe and prevent any further damage. Although we have several emergency tree surgeons on call and ready to assist, we are not able to specify a 'fixed response time" as each situation will be different, and there are too many variables to consider. Needless to say, if you have a fallen or dangerous tree, you're concerned about CALL US IMMEDIATELY ON 01403 333142, and we'll do everything in our power to get to the situation safe and back under control.
How often should I schedule maintenance for my trees?
The regularity of maintenance for your Horsham trees depends on numerous factors that must be assessed on an individual basis. Aspects such as the species, age and current health of the tree must all be considered along with its location surrounding species and environment. What we'd suggest is arranging a free site visit with one of our knowledgable arborists, who'll inspect your trees and advise on the best course of action to take. We can schedule routine maintenance visits or complete work on an ad-hoc basis.
I want some tree work completing - How much does tree surgery cost?
As with the previous question of "how often should I maintain my trees?", the cost of tree surgery is heavily dependent on varying factors. The only way to give you an accurate price is through a free consultation and site visit with one of our experienced arborists. In situations where a site visit isn't suitable, we can provide rough estimates based on videos, photos and descriptions. However, we would always suggest a site visit to enable a fixed quotation.
What tree surgery services do you offer and what if I require help with something not listed on your website?
Foremans Tree Specialists are competent, qualified and insured to carry out a vast range of arboreal tasks. Some of which we have listed below:
If you need help with anything tree related or maybe something else you feel we may be able to assist you with, don't hesitate to contact us today so we can discuss your requirements.
My neighbour's tree is becoming a problem. What should I do?
The first step should be to have a friendly discussion with your neighbour; at this point, you can hopefully agree on a suitable plan of action that will satisfy both parties wants and needs. Once you have identified your individual requirements, you can always call us in, and we may be able to offer up other options to please both parties. From a legal standpoint, if your neighbour's tree is causing a problem due to direct encroachment, then you are withing your rights prune any branches that may be hovering directly over your property. Please bear in mind; if your pruning results in the trees death or its destabilisation, you may be liable for replacing the tree or for the damage it may have caused. It's also important to remember that TPO's (Tree Preservation Orders) protect individual trees from pruning and tree work; this is regardless of the space they span over. We would strongly recommend you check the tree's status before carrying out any work. If you require any help or advice with you current tree situation, our Sussex tree surgeons are here to assist.
Can you tell me what a TPO or Tree Preservation Order is?
A Tree Preservation Order or TPO is a sanctioned order usually issued by the local planning authority in an attempt to preserve specific trees, species or woodland areas from intentional damage or destruction. If the tree you intend to remove, prune, or modify has a TPO, then you must file the correct paperwork and obtain permission before any work can commence. Foremans Tree Specialists have extensive knowledge and experience in the application process for work on preserved tree and can apply for the approval of work on your behalf.
Where do you dispose of all the green waste and arisings?
At Foremans Tree Specialists, we do everything we can to help preserve and protect our natural environment. We always try to recycle as much waste as possible, cordwood and timber are processed into firewood whereas wood chip is utilised in many different ways; from creating pathways for people to bedding for chickens. On occasion, we will have more waste than we can process or distribute ourselves, but we still dispose of it responsibly. We hold an Environment Agency issued waste carriers license enabling us to remove the tree waste from site legally; we then tip the waste at locally authorised disposal sites where it gets taken away for use as biomass.
Can you do any work over weekends?
At Foremans Tree Specialists, we understand it may be difficult or unsuitable to have work carried out at your property during the week. With that in mind, we are happy to provide our services at the weekend, provided you make us aware well in advance. We would also recommend you make your neighbours aware when you intend on having the work done as it may cause disruption to their day or be inconvenient for them.
**Please also note there may be location-specific rules that restrict our ability to work on the weekend, and you must research into those before booking us in for work.
I've got a saw, can I prune or remove the trees myself?
Provided the tree yours and a TPO doesn't protect it, there is no legal reason you can't prune or fell the tree yourself. But a word of warning, if performed incorrectly, tree surgery has the potential to be extremely hazardous to the tree, yourself, and other people or property.
Our tree surgeons have undergone in-depth training, have years of experience and most importantly, are covered by the necessary insurance should anything go wrong. Where tree surgery is concerned, we would always suggest leaving it to the professionals. We have the tree surgeon tools and skillset to streamline the work, saving you time, money and stress.
I want to arrange a free consultation and quotation, where do I start the process?
First, we'll arrange a site visit that's convenient for you. Second, we'll discuss your requirements, goals and the suitable options available. Finally, we'll provide you with a formal, written, no-obligation quotation which will be valid for 30 days.