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Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd: Insured Tree Surgeons, West Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire


Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd are a team of highly qualified tree surgeons operating throughout Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex, including Midhurst,  Chichester, Worthing, Crawley & Horsham and all local 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 surgery services, 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 Ltd, 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 the environment. Before any work is started, we suggest a free consultation to identify your goals, discuss options and answer any questions or concerns. We always check the status of your trees before any work commences and can even submit applications on your behalf if your trees are protected by TPOs (Tree Preservation Orders) or if you’re located in a conservation area.

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 seventy 5-star reviews on Google My Business and a 5-star rating on Rated People. For examples of our work, plus all the latest Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd news and projects, you can visit our Instagram and Facebook.

Furthermore, we’ve been vetted and approved by CHAS, plus we are now Alcumus SafeContractor, and ISO9001 & ISO14001 accredited contractors

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 southeast, Contact Us today to discuss your requirements.

If you require an emergency tree surgeon or need to get a job done ASAP, call 01403 333142, and we’ll do our best to assist you in any way we can.

Please use the links provided for more information regarding our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Precautions and Health & Safety Policy.

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Tree Felling & Removal

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 & Crown Reductions

Tree Pruning & Crown Reductions

Tree pruning is an essential maintenance task that must be carried out in order to preserve the aesthetics and longevity of your trees.

Tree Pollarding

Tree Pollarding

Pollarding is the most extreme pruning technique and should only be performed by trained professionals. A poorly pollarded tree can become dangerous, diseased or may die altogether.

Emergency Tree Surgeon

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.

Stump Removal & Stump Grinding

Stump Grinding & Removal

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 Trimming & Garden Maintenance

Hedge Trimming & Garden Maintenance

No tranquil garden is complete without a beautiful array of hedges and shrubs, but keeping them in pristine condition requires expert maintenance.

Shrub, Hedge & Tree Planting

Shrub, Hedge & Tree Planting

Our knowledgeable 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.

Site & Garden Clearance

Garden & Site Clearance

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.

Log, Firewood & Woodchip Delivery

Tree Reports, Tree Inspections & Tree Surveys

We offer comprehensive tree reports, tree inspections and tree surveys in West Sussex, Surrey and the South East. Our professional tree consultancy services are fully insured and performed by qualified experts.

Tree Cable Bracing & Cobra Bracing

Tree Cable Bracing / Cobra 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

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

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

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

Climber, Creeper & Ivy Removal or Pruning

Creeper, Climber and Ivy Pruning or Removal can preserve the aesthetics of your property and prevent costly damage further down the line.

Vegetation Management Services

Vegetation Management Services

We specialise in land clearance, scrub removal and vegetation management services in West Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire including Guildford, Horsham, Crawley, Chichester, Billingshurst & Dorking.

Tree Preservation Orders & Conservation Areas

Tree Preservation Orders (TPO’s) & Conservation Areas

Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd have a wealth of experience in the application & completion of work on trees with TPO’s in Horsham, West Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire.

Fully Insured

Fully Insured

You will be pleased to know we are fully insured. View our insurance documents here…

CHAS Accredited Contractor

CHAS Approved Contractor

We are pleased to announce that Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd are now CHAS accredited contractors. This means we have demonstrated compliance with the CHAS standards, in line with SSIP Core Criteria & UK H&S Legislation.

ISO9001:2015 & ISO14001 Accredited Contractors

ISO9001 & ISO14001 Accredited Contractors

We are pleased to announce that on Tuesday 15th June 2021 Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd became ISO9001 & ISO14001 accredited contractors awarded by QMS International.

SafeContractor Accredited

SafeContractor Accredited

We are now Alcumus SafeContractor Accredited. This means we meet all their requirements regarding health & safety, diversity, equal opportunities & environmental management practices.

SafePQQ Approved

SafePQQ Approved

We are now Alcumus SafePQQ Accredited, meaning we fulfil all their requirements covering topics such as Finance, Environment, Quality Management, Equality, Modern Slavery, Anti-Bribery, GDPR, Right To Work, References & Building Information Modelling.


Safe & Efficient

Our experienced teams of highly qualified climbers and ground staff all work to strict health and safety guidelines. We conduct site-specific risk assessments before any work begins and utilise the latest industry-approved working methods to complete the work both safely and efficiently.


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 the 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 Ltd 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.

Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd cover all local areas within and surrounding West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire including HorshamCrawleyChichesterPetworth, Dorking, Reigate, Cranleigh and Haslemere. More generally speaking, we are happy to operate throughout the southeast 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.

As Horsham-based, compassionate tree surgeons, we can empathise with 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 for CALL US IMMEDIATELY ON 01403 333142, and we’ll do everything in our power to get the situation safe and back under control.

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 knowledgeable 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.

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.

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 within your rights to 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 your current tree situation, our Sussex tree surgeons are here to assist.

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 Ltd 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. For more information on TPO’s feel free to visit our Tree Preservation Order and Conservation Area webpage.

At Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd, 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 the site legally; we then tip the waste at locally authorised disposal sites where it gets taken away for use as biomass.

At Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd, 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.

Provided the tree is 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.

The process is easy. Contact a member of the Foremans Tree Specialist Ltd team today either call CALL US IMMEDIATELY ON 01403 333142 or use the contact form here.

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.



Oliver Foreman was excellent. He arrived on time every day, was polite and responsive to questions and requests for extra work while on site. He and the men who worked for him cleared away completely before leaving each day. Most importantly, the quality of the tree felling, hedge cutting,  general shrub and stump removal was first class. I cannot recommend Foremans Tree Specialists more highly.

Review from Katherine, GU27

Oliver and his team turned up on time worked hard all day in a small garden taking two 30ft conifers down. Clean tidy and very efficient highly recommend them.

Review from Robin, GU47

Excellent prompt response to my enquiry. Arrived to assess work at the exactly promised time, submitted quote within 24 hours. Work done on mutually agreed date and to our complete satisfaction. Would certainly use Oliver’s services again and can fully recommend them.

Review from Marilyn, GU24

Oliver and his colleague did an outstanding job on the silver birch in my back garden, it now has a good shape to it and now lets a lot more sunlight onto my lawn, which is just what I needed. They also removed the ivy which was slowly choking the tree.

Review from Richard, GU9

Did a fantastic job on my damson tree. Left it with a beautiful round shape and cut back some larger branches in a way that will ensure it will grow back into a lovely shape. Left garden clean and tidy. Nice guys. Will be using again.

Review from Donna, GU14

Super friendly and competent tree surgeon. I Will definitely use him again in future…he even left the garden tidier than when he arrived!

Review from David GU2

We got 3 quotes which were all very similar. We are very pleased with our choice. Most impressed with the work ethic, it was a big job with some very large trees to remove which took 3 days to complete. They were completely undeterred by the torrential rain on the second day, managed to Keep working and the job was finished on time. We will be using them again.

Review from Martin, GU47

Oliver and his team did an excellent job of felling a large leylandii tree from my garden. His price was very competitive, he was quick to answer questions by email, and turned up to do the job promptly. The tree was taken down in sections over two days, all the waste material was removed and the guys did a thorough job of cleaning the site afterwards. Highly recommended.

Review from Robert, TW12, Your Content Goes Here

Really nice guy, would definitely recommend and use again.

Review from Charlie, GU7

Oliver made an excellent job of cutting our tree. He was very knowledgeable and I was very confident he knew what he was doing. I cannot wait to see how the tree responds to this trim in the spring! There were a lot of cuttings to dispose of and he even “hoovered” the lawn afterwards! A very tidy job well priced, and would definitely use him again.

Review from Alison, GU2

Excellent job, very knowledgeable, skilful and helpful. Was prepared to wait for the right season to work, according to the trees we were dealing with. Punctual, tidy & efficient. Would have no hesitation in asking them back for further work and have already recommended to neighbours! Thanks :)

Review from Lesley TW14

All you need, quotes an acceptable price, turns up on time, does a great job and clears up both my garden and my neighbours. Many thanks for a job well done. Will certainly retain your number.

Review from Alex, GU15



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. Some examples of our qualifications are available here and individual specific 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, CHAS, Alcumus SafeContractor or the Arboricultural Association. Companies will be vetted and have their details checked by such associations, and references will also be required. Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd are CHAS and Alcumus SafeContractor approved contractors
  • 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 businessYell 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 at 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 knowledgeable 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 dispose 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 also avoids any confusion with regard to the job specification. Foremans Tree Specialist Ltd is 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.


If you’re searching ‘tree surgeon West Sussex‘ and thinking to yourself ‘what does a tree surgeon do?’, then this next part will undoubtedly be 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 Ltd see themselves as passionate arborists, taking every opportunity to care for our natural environment and retaining beautiful trees for years to come.

Our knowledgeable 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 Ltd have the experience and training to get your job done.

A reputable UK 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.


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 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.

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