We are Arbtech,
Nice to Meet You

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 100% success rate at planning, after following our advice.

Since 2005, and now in our ninth 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!

 

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.

Reports in Days, Not Weeks

Speed is vital and our whole business is geared towards getting your reports to you as fast as possible.

 

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/more family time for our consultants, too.

After almost a decade of undertaking arboricultural, ecological and bat survey work of any description, in 2013 we stopped undertaking work that wasn’t singularly planning and development focused. This was a bold decision, turning down high value and prestigious work for local governments and insurance companies to name but two examples. However, we needed to break away from our ‘we’ll do anything as long as your paying us’, jack-of-none competitors. What we do now exclusively is what we have always done best; flatten tree and ecology objections to your scheme. Only now, we play to this strength with a laser-like focus on speed. This is the consulting equivalent of attaching a rocket to a steamroller… You’re welcome.
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. As bold decisions go, that’s a biggie. It meant us putting our employees unequivocally before everything else, but in hindsight, it was definitely the right choice. Completely flexible working hours, an unlimited CPD budget and a flat management structure (no one is anyone’s boss), and letting our employees decide their own bonuses, are the headlines, 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!

In January 2015, Arbtech will be celebrating it’s 10th birthday. Yet despite this, we are probably the most progressive and forward thinking company in our industry. Our software and technology investments, our attitude to fighting your corner while ‘doing the right thing’, and the collective expertise of our people is in our opinion, without parallel.

On that note, we want to share our experiences and expertise with you and anyone else that is interested. We have committed a significant amount of time and means to building the resources section of this web site, and we will continue to do this, adding to the wealth of knowledge that is already accessible to you at the click of a finger. Case studies, learning articles, white papers, company developments, video blogs, product and service overviews, sector reports, opinion pieces from leading thinkers in ours and related industries, kit and equipment reviews, as well as reviews of CPD events, courses and books. Oh and journals of our surveyors – the good and the bad. It’s all there for you to enjoy. Please let us know what you think.

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

CEO

In late 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 …read more

Chris Formaggia

Chris Formaggia

Principal

Chris has spent the last 25 years working in ecology. He is a Royal Chartered Biologist (CBiol), Member of the Society of Biology (MSB), Member of the Chartered Institute for Ecology …read more

Amy Campion

Amy Campion

Graduate Consultant

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

Matthew Middle

Matthew Middle

Senior Consultant

Matt is an arboriculturist and provides customers 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

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

Natalie Evans

Natalie Evans

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

Martin O’Connor

Martin O’Connor

Senior Consultant

Martin joined Arbtech as an ecologist and from there he has proved himself time and again of being able to incorporate new responsibilities into his role: he now manages our …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 many months. Prior to this, he worked at the …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

Jon Hartley

Jon Hartley

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

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 who is trained to undertake …read more

Simon Pidgeon

Simon Pidgeon

Consultant

Simon has has had a very varied career to say the least. He worked for 6 years as supervisor and supply chain consultant for Janssen, an international pharmaceutical conglomerate, then …read more

Alexandra Ashton

Alexandra Ashton

Executive Assistant

Alex splits her time between being both Rob’s assistant and Arbtech’s credit control officer. Her touch is felt by almost every project that comes through the door and though you may …read more

Julia Robinson

Julia Robinson

Client Service Manager

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

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This is what our customers think...

He was a pleasure to meet, prompt, friendly, helpful and clear in his explanations

What we did - BS5837 Tree Survey, Tree Constraints Plan
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5 stars
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This was carried out on a small plot of agricultural land, adjacent to a built up area of the village, and required by local planning ...Read More

Woodland survey in Kent

What we did - Woodland Survey
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5 stars
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David Garrick, Undertook a comprehensive woodland condition survey of 3 woodlands which enabled me to make an informed decision on the purchase of the wood ...Read More

Preliminary Roost Assessment (PRA)

What we did - Bat Surveys
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5 stars
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Simon Pidgeon conducted my bat survey most efficiently and professionally, happily answering any questions I had. I am grateful to him for the specialist scientific ...Read More

arboreal report on basement project

What we did - BS5837 Tree Survey, Tree Constraints Plan
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5 stars
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Matt was incredibly helpful providing a practical report to support a planned basement extension under the garden at our house. He liaised with both us ...Read More