Veteran Tree Management West Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire.

Veteran Tree Management in Horsham, West Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire.


You may not be aware that the United Kingdom contains Europe’s most extensive collection of veteran trees. In addition to adding great aesthetic value today, these ancient trees can provide us with an insight into the landscapes of the past. Over the years, complex relationships develop between trees, plants, animals and other organisms. We have a solid dedication to preserving and maintaining these trees of historical value, employing proven veteran tree management techniques to help ensure they remain with us for years to come.

So what is a veteran tree? A veteran tree usually will have a number of the following characteristics, most of which help support the biodiversity of its surroundings:

  • Hollow trunks
  • Crown retrenchment
  • Deadwood in a large quantity
  • Crevices in the bark and water pools

As previously mentioned, a helping hand is often needed to ensure the longevity of these vital trees. We advise a specially structured management regime following a veteran tree survey. A survey usually involves recording the tree’s location, categorising them in terms of their structural condition/ vitality and identifying the previous method of management.

Following the completion of the survey, we evaluate the data and devise a suitable plan of action. We will provide tailored management plans for trees on an individual basis, as the condition of veteran trees can vary even if they populate the same area. The plans will consist of various veteran tree management techniques, including pruning to mimic natural fractures e.g. coronet cuts and the management of surrounding vegetation.

Our goal is to do the least amount of tree surgery possible while ensuring the longevity of the tree. We want to avoid having a detrimental impact on any habitat and encourage biodiversity.

Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd can offer a complete range of veteran tree management solutions, from the initial location mapping to the production of management plans and finally, plan implementation.

We provide our veteran tree management services in Crawley, HorshamChichester, West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and across the South-East.

Contact us today to discuss your veteran tree management requirements.

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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

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