Tree Consultancy Group is a chartered arboricultural practice which carries out professional tree surveys for safety and risk management. 

Although we mainly serve clients in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Scottish Borders, we operate nationally and will work elsewhere in Scotland and in the rest of the UK. 

We provide a cost-effective service which gives clients robust protection against litigation (i.e. being sued) in the event of harm arising from tree failure, and also reduces the cost to their trees and finances of excessively cautious management. We aim to identify trees where a risk of harm is reasonably foreseeable and, when the risk is also reasonably preventable, recommend only the minimum works necessary to eliminate the identified risk or reduce it to an acceptable level. 

We do not carry out tree work (tree surgery) or felling ourselves, and are not connected to any firm of contractors. We therefore completely independent and objective with no financial incentive to recommend any unnecessary work to clients’ trees. This means we usually save clients considerably more than our fees have cost.  

We provide:

  • Tree safety surveys and audits.
  • Duty of Care safety surveys to comply with The Occupier’s Liability (Scotland) Act 1960 and The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
  • Tree risk assessment and management, benchmarking risk against the Tolerability of Risk Framework as recommended by HSE.
  • Tree surveys using sub-metre GPS and GIS with CAD plans. 
  • Pre-planning (or purchase) site appraisals and feasibility studies.
  • Tree surveys and reports for insurance and mortgages.
  • Expert Witness representation when required by clients.

Our clients include Local Authorities, Councils, charities, private estates, Housing Associations, solicitors, property owners and managers.

We always try to operate to the highest professional and ethical standards, and adhere to the Institute of Chartered Foresters members’ Code of Conduct at all times.

Please contact us for more information.

Tree Consultancy Group
Scottish Borders
EH45 8NX

Tel: 01721 760268

e: (preferred method)

Principal Consultant:

Kenneth Harvey MICFor. 
Chartered Arboriculturist
Registered Consultant of the Institute of Chartered Foresters

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