Trees are dynamic structures, constantly growing and changing to adapt to environmental conditions. Therefore it is critical that tree owners and managers take appropriate action to maintain their safety.

Managers and land owners have a ‘Duty of Care’ to take reasonable care under the Occupiers Liability Acts 1957 and 1984 to ensure that trees situated on their land remain in a safe condition as far as it reasonably practicable. Wharton Tree & Ecology Consultants can undertake a variety of survey methods to fulfill this obligation.


Wharton Tree & Ecology Consultants relies on years of practical experience in the formulation and implementation of tree management policies and strategies with owners of sites with public access.  We draw upon our previous experience working within both public and private sectors for this work.

A tree strategy and policy will ensure that resources are correctly allocated both from a risk and budgetary point of view.  This will also ensure that the management of trees on any particular site is fulfilling what is considered to be reasonably practicable.


In order to enable effective management of trees for duty of care, we prioritise survey and arboricultural works to meet budgetary constraints.  We use a range of specialist zoning systems for evaluating levels of risk across sites.


We are able to use our computerised GIS tree management system to manage large numbers of trees, for a range wide of landowners and estate managers.  Our service includes responding to queries about individual trees, providing works schedules and liaising with other authorities.


We are able to provide analysis of all recorded characteristics of a tree population, including species, maturity, trends in tree condition and future budget requirements and planting schemes.


Wharton Tree & Ecology Consultants is a dedicated team of professionals who consistently deliver proven successes through education & a solid foundation of knowledge & experience.


“​Stratford-on-Avon District Council has had a contract with Wharton Tree & Ecology Consultants Ltd since 2014 to inspect, survey and carry out / recommend any remedial works for all of the Council’s trees across the district. They continue to give us an excellent and professional service and provide very good value for money. The team are easy to work with and are flexible to our requirements, offering a bespoke rather than off-the-shelf service. We have also found them to be very responsive to our requests for advice and technical arboricultural support.”

Olly Scholefield, Stratford-on-Avon District Council



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Our experienced team will guide you through the process from estimate to management policy.