Find out why Arbtech is the UK’s number one ecological consultancy

"We are a close knit team of talented and passionate experts that work hard to deliver quality and honesty."

Rob Oates, Director

Last year, over two thousand people in almost every county of England and Wales relied upon our friendly, straight-talking specialists to deliver their arboricultural and ecological surveys. Each one of these clients, people just like you, enjoyed a 98% success rate at planning, after following our advice.

Since 2005, and now in our tenth year of trading, we've worked incredibly hard to shape a company that we think you'd actually like to do business with. We know that the important things to you are competitive and transparent costs, reliability and above all, speed, because those are exactly the same things that are important to us!

We are headquartered in Chester and have office locations in Birmingham and London, however the overwhelming majority of our surveys are undertaken by our ever-growing team of 'Arbtechers'; home-based, full-time and permanent employees geographically spread throughout most of England and Wales.

It's this office and home-based model that allows us to cover the majority of the UK for a fixed, published price, while building valuable relationships with clients and local authorities alike. It also means less travel and more family time for our consultants, too.

Our Principles

Transparent Pricing

We know simple, transparent and low pricing is vital.

Brilliant Customer Service

We have worked hard to create a company you would actually like to do business with.

Straight Talking

We all prefer simple, straight talking advice. You won’t find any confusing jargon in our reports.

Fast Reports

Speed is vital and our whole business is geared towards getting your reports to you quickly.

Our Culture

We realised a long time ago that setting ourselves the goal of being the number one career destination of choice for arboriculturists and ecologists was the path we needed to tread. It meant us putting our employees unequivocally before everything else, and in hindsight, it was definitely the right choice.

Completely flexible working hours, an unlimited continuing professional development budget and a flat management structure (no one is anyone's boss), regular outings and away days and letting our employees decide their own bonuses are just a few of the perks of working here, but really they're only part of a much wider and deeper culture.

Why do we do all of this? We do it for you. Because happy employees, truly happy ones, will move heaven and earth for you, our client, week in and week out, without the faintest grumble. Nothing is too much trouble for them. That's how we offer weekend survey appointments, next working day reports and on occasion, same day surveys and reports!

Unlimited Holidays

We want staff to have the work / life balance that's right for them so we don't limit holidays.

Regular Social Events

Whether it's a spa day or a few days away in Prague, there's plenty of fun to be had.

Training & Development

We provide in-house training and development individually tailored to your needs.

Interested in Joining the Team?

Meet Our Amazing Team

We are the nerds of nature, the grassland geeks, ecology evangelists, and the deans of dendrology... and we'd love to hear from you.

Robert Oates

Robert Oates

Director

In January 2005, I set up a company, providing forestry and ecological consultancy, having spent my years prior to this working as a tree surgeon. Then as now, we focus on providing …read more

Chris Formaggia

Chris Formaggia

Principal

Chris has spent the last 28 years working in ecology. He is a Royal Chartered Biologist (CBiol), Member of the Society of Biology (MSB), Member of the Chartered Institute for …read more

Julia Robinson

Julia Robinson

Business Manager

Julia is Arbtech’s Business Manager. Every project that we assist clients with (in excess of 2,000-odd a year) requires an enormous amount of ‘back-office’ admin to keep the Arbtech machine firing …read more

Amy Stanley

Amy Stanley

Sales Manager

Amy ‘efficiency’ Stanley is part of the HQ team at Arbtech. Having studied geography at Chester University, Amy wanted to progress her career in a discipline related to environmental science …read more

Matthew Middle

Matthew Middle

Senior Consultant

Matt is an arboriculturist and provides clients like you with high level planning advice relating to trees, for example with Arboricultural Impact Assessments, Method Statements and Tree Protection Plans. He …read more

Craig Williams

Craig Williams

Senior Consultant

Craig originally joined Arbtech’s in house ecology team as a graduate trainee, having worked for us previously as a sub-contractor for over a year. Prior to this, he worked at …read more

Jon Hartley

Jon Hartley

Senior Consultant

Jon is an arboriculturist and joined Arbtech as our first hire of 2014. Arriving back to live in Kent from Australia, Jon only worked for Arbtech as a freelancer undertaking …read more

Jo Gregory

Jo Gregory

Senior Consultant

Jo joined us in 2012, as a licenced ecologist, having been a sub-contractor for almost 2 years previous. Jo is a highly accomplished bat surveyor and acts as our specialist …read more

Natalie Evans

Natalie Evans

Senior Consultant

Natalie is an ecologist, masters graduate and Natural England licenced bat worker. Natalie worked at Arbtech for over a year as a sub-contractor and for a short while before that, …read more

Charlotte Hammond

Charlotte Hammond

Senior Consultant

Charlotte brings a great deal of enthusiasm, experience and knowledge to the team. She is a fully qualified BREEAM assessor, an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and …read more

Alan Thompson

Alan Thompson

Consultant

Alan is an arboriculturist, having spent many years as a tree surgeon, before deciding to progress his career in professional arboriculture by joining Arbtech. Operating from Arbtech’s Chester office, he …read more

David Garrick

David Garrick

Consultant

David joined the team at Arbtech as an arboriculturist, working predominantly from his home-office base in Rochester, Kent. His specialisation is BS5837 tree surveys, though he is equally at home on …read more

Aran Nearn

Aran Nearn

Consultant

Aran moved into arboriculture from a career as a rock climbing and watersports instructor. Starting in the industry as a tree climber, he spent 4 years contracting around the south …read more

Joe Slade

Joe Slade

Consultant

Joe is one of our ecologists based on the south coast of England. He undertakes a variety of ecological surveys including bat, reptile and great crested newt surveys, as well …read more

Alexandra Ashton

Alexandra Ashton

Executive Assistant

Alex splits her time between being both Rob’s assistant and Arbtech’s credit controller. She is in some way involved in almost every project that comes through the door and though you …read more

Emma Gray

Emma Gray

Project Coordinator

Emma joined us as an administrator. Since then, her role has developed into project coordinator, which allows her manage the back-office admin on some of our larger scale / multi-discipline …read more

What Our Customers Say

Now you know more about us, but what do our customers say? Well, we've collected hundreds of reviews over the years and here is just 1 example of the nice things our customers say.

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