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If you’re looking for a qualified tree surgeon in Surrey, you’ve come to the right place. Guildford Tree Surgeons are an experienced team of reliable, professional and fully insured arborists with a proven track record providing outstanding tree surgeon services to businesses and residents in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and across the South-East.

Over our many years of trading, Guildford Tree Surgeons have established an impressive and ever-increasing loyal client base throughout the local region. From Tree Removal in Guildford to Stump Grinding in Woking, Tree Pruning in Godalming to Hedge Trimming in Farnham, we’ve completed a vast and varied range of tree surgery projects with hundreds of satisfied customers.

We’re are proud of the reputation we’ve worked so hard to build, and total customer satisfaction is always a top priority. If you’d like to see some of the valued customer feedback Guildford Tree Surgeons has received, along with examples of our work, we encourage you to check out our Google Business, Yell, Facebook and Instagram profiles.

Our friendly, NPTC or Lantra climbers and ground staff use the latest tools and techniques to ensure we complete your project safely and efficiently with minimum impact to your day. We’re firm believers in preservation, so always try to balance your wants and needs with the tree’s long-term health and the conservation of the environment as a whole.

So whether you’re looking for ongoing maintenance, such as hedge cutting and dead wooding or tree felling and stump removal, we’ll work with you to create a tailored plan to complete your project safely, on time and within budget. With our comprehensive tree surgery specific £10 million public and £10 million employers liability cover, we cater to both private and public sectors including residential homeowners, commercial property management companies and councils to name just a few.

For a free, no-obligation consultation and quotation from a CHASAlcumus SafeContractor and ISO9001 & ISO14001 accredited tree surgeon, contact Guildford Tree Surgeons today, and a member of our team will gladly help with your enquiry.





Tree Felling & Removal

Tree Felling & Removal

Tree felling/removal is the process of removing an entire tree or group of trees. Although often seen as a last resort, it’s a great way to open up space for both your garden and other plant life below.

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Tree Pruning & Crown Reductions

Tree Pruning & Crown Reductions

Improve the health and aesthetic appearance of your tree/s by allowing us to tackle overgrown canopies, problem branches and localised diseases.

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Tree Pollarding

Tree Pollarding

Keep your trees and shrubs under control by removing the top and upper branches to restrict overall height. Ongoing pollarding will help to maintain a fixed height for the life of your tree.

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Emergency Tree Surgeon

Emergency Tree Work

Whether down to stormy weather, neglected maintenance or an unforeseen mishap, we can help you to overcome any immediate safety issues or inconvenient branches through our emergency tree work service.

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Stump Removal & Stump Grinding

Stump Grinding & Stump Removal

Remove unsightly tree stumps professionally with stump grinding. Ground down any remaining stumps following a tree removal to ensure that old trees no longer take up unnecessary space whilst keeping your garden open and safe.

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Hedge Trimming & Garden Maintenance

Hedge Trimming & Garden Maintenance

Our services extend far beyond tree shaping, felling and reduction. Our experienced hedge and garden maintenance staff can help you to create a beautiful space for you to enjoy all year round.

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Shrub, Hedge & Tree Planting

Shrub, Hedge & Tree Planting

From bedding in small shrubs to full tree relocations, our trusted planting contractors can assist with the planting of both new and existing trees.

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Site & Garden Clearance

Garden & Site Clearance

Remove garden waste from your property with our site clearance service. We’ll always ensure that your garden is kept in tip top order before, during and after each project whilst also being on hand to remove any additional garden debris.

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Estate Management Services

Estate Management Services

We provide a comprehensive range Estate Management Services across West Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire including Guildford, Horsham, Crawley Billingshurst & Dorking.

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Log, Firewood & Woodchip Delivery

Woodchip, Firewood & Log Delivery In Surrey

Together with Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd we deliver superior quality, locally sourced firewood, logs & wood chip throughout Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire & West Sussex including Guildford, Godalming, Woking, Horsham, Crawley, Chichester & surrounding towns & villages.

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Additional Services

Additional Services

Our knowledgeable staff can provide assistance with a variety of tree-related / arboreal tasks including applying for work on trees with TPOs (Tree Preservation Orders), the creation of Tree Reports / Tree Surveys and general Tree Consultancy.

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Fully Insured

Fully Insured

With £10 Million Public & £10 Million Employers’ Liability insurance cover, you can rest assured that Guildford Tree Surgeons are fully insured for the tasks we undertake.

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What are your terms and conditions?2022-03-28T13:33:18+00:00
Is an arborist the same as a tree surgeon?2022-03-28T13:53:17+00:00

When you decide to hire a professional to remove, prune or cut back trees on your property or for a commercial site, the first questions you’ll probably ask is “What is a tree surgeon?” and “Is a tree surgeon the same as an arborist?”

Technically speaking, there is no difference between a tree surgeon and an arborist and the words are interchangeable, although others may beg to differ. In our opinion, the difference between an experienced, knowledgeable and well-qualified tree surgeon and an arborist is slight.

Guildford Tree Surgeons and many others involved in the tree industry see the difference as a mear mindset and attitude towards tree work and working practices. For example, as a “tree surgeon” you would only be required to hold qualifications related to tree work, but this does not make you an arborist. Unfortunately, there are now many rogue tree surgeons who may be qualified but are willing to carry out work to an inferior standard which may jeopardise the health of the tree.

At Guildford Tree Surgeons, we frown upon this behaviour, as it gives everyone in the industry a bad reputation, and we carry out work using BS3998: 2010 Recommendations for Tree Work. Many reputable tree surgeons have now started to term themselves, arborists, in an attempt to distance themselves from such cowboys. It is our view that an arborist is a highly qualified tree surgeon with years of experience, a deep knowledge of tree physiology and an understanding of the environmental impact any tree work may have.

Others may argue that an arborist must have a Level 4 Award in Arboriculture. This arboricultural degree/diploma teaches plant pathology, tree assessments and appropriate management techniques to reduce risks and treat disease. Still, we feel the term “arboricultural consultant” better suits an individual holding this qualification.

With that in mind, we can safely say that all our tree surgeons are passionate arborists. Guildford Tree Surgeons have a love for trees, nature and the environment, and we are dedicated to preserving them. If you require a professional tree inspection or a tree report, we have a network of trusted arboricultural consultants who offer such services.

What qualifications do you need to be a tree surgeon in the UK?2022-03-28T13:58:54+00:00

As previously mentioned, it is of vital importance that your chosen tree surgeon is qualified and competent to carry out the task required. There are two recognised awarding bodies, NPTC ( and LANTRA ( Both organisations provide qualifications for a vast number of land-based activities, and you must make sure your tree surgeon holds the correct awards. The staff at Guildford Tree Surgeons have many NPTC, and LANTRA awards, too many to list individually, so are available upon request. Rest assured all our operatives hold the relevant qualifications for the tasks they carry out.

What insurance should a tree surgeon have?2022-03-28T14:19:47+00:00

Tree surgery, by nature, is a hazardous and high-risk profession, and it is for that reason that you ensure your tree surgeon has adequate cover. As a minimum, the tree contractor should have public and also employers liability insurance. At Guildford Tree Surgeons, we have £10 million Public Liability and Employers Liability cover, which protects us, you and the public should anything ever happen.

How do I find a good tree surgeon?2022-03-28T14:35:17+00:00

In addition to checking your tree surgeon has the right qualifications and insurance cover, you should always take the time to get some references from previous clients. In the past, this task could be tricky as you would have to ask the contractor for references, and they could provide you with biased or fraudulent referees. Luckily, times have changed, and you can view reviews of previous work at the click of a button. Guildford Tree Surgeons take real pride in our work and hold total customer satisfaction at the core of our business. You can view some of the great feedback we have received via Google ReviewsWhich? Trusted Traders, Yell and Buy With Confidence, as well as on our social media accounts such as Facebook.

Do you provide free site visits and no-obligation written quotations?2022-03-28T14:40:28+00:00

Yes, we always suggest a free site visit so we can come to assess your project and discuss your requirements. Once you have decided on what you require, we can then provide you with a written quotation. Contact us today to arrange a site visit and a free quote.

Can you provide a quotation from videos, photographs and a description?2022-03-28T19:43:20+00:00

Due to the large number of variables to consider when assessing a tree surgery project, without conducting a site visit, we are only able to provide ESTIMATES using videos, photos and descriptions.

I would just like some advice about my tree, is that something you can offer?2022-03-28T14:48:43+00:00

Yes, of course, please feel free to contact us, and we’ll do our best to help or put you in touch with someone who can. We have an extensive network of arboricultural and horticultural contacts.

How much do tree surgeons cost in the UK?2022-03-28T14:54:12+00:00

Monetary cost is ultimately one of the most important factors for customers when choosing a tree surgeon and the question of “how much do tree surgeons charge per hour?” gets asked time and time again. The answer to this question is very complicated, as each job must be priced individually due to the number of variables involved. For example here are just a few considerations we would need to make before calculating the cost of the job:

The size of the tree – more material will result in more material to transport and dispose of.

The location of the tree and its surroundings – if the tree is in an awkward place or overhangs buildings/property limbs may need to be lowered, and this will increase the time required.

The distance to travel from tree to truck and chipper – the further the distance the longer time it will take to transport.

The health of the tree – if the tree is unhealthy this will increase the risks involved and if it’s too dangerous to climb we may need to price in the cost of a MEWP (Cherry Picker) or Crane.

Does the location of the tree pose a risk to the public? – if the tree is close to a path or road, we may need to apply and price for closure or traffic management.

As you can see, there are far too many things to consider to determine an average price per job or hourly rate for a tree surgeon. The best course of action is to utilise our free site visit and quotation service by contacting us today.

Do you dispose of all the tree waste?2022-03-28T15:00:30+00:00

Most of our clients request us to remove all the arisings from the site; however, if you would like to keep the woodchip or timber that’s entirely up to you. Woodchip has numerous applications around the garden, and there is an increasing demand for timber as firewood. If you require the cordwood cutting to a specific length “ready to burn” please make us aware at the time of quoting.

Do you dispose of stump grindings/chippings/arisings?2022-03-28T15:04:48+00:00

Our chosen method to remove stumps is called stump grinding. We have a high powered machine called a stump grinder which uses teeth on a flywheel to chip the stump into small pieces. The process turns the stump into grindings that mix into the soil and break down naturally over time. At first, you will be left with a small mound but as the chippings break down the mound will level off. WE DO NOT REMOVE GRINDINGS UNLESS SPECIFIED OTHERWISE; this is industry standard practice for stump grinding.

Are my trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or in a Conservation Area?2022-03-28T16:22:47+00:00

Many trees and hedges come under the protection of a TPO or because they are located in a conservation area. It is illegal to carry out work on trees and hedges of this nature without permission, and both you and the tree contractor may face fines and criminal prosecution. The local planning authority must grant consent BEFORE you commence any work whatsoever.

Can you check to see if permission is required and submit an application for tree work on my behalf?2022-03-28T16:26:21+00:00

Guildford Tree Surgeons are happy to provide our customers with a complete service; we can check to see if you require permission and submit a TPO application free of charge providing you choose us to complete the tree work. We have submitted many successful applications over the years and have built a strong relationship with many local councils. We can also offer an application to the local authority as a chargeable standalone service if you wish to select another contractor.

It will take a minimum of 6 weeks to grant permission for work in a conservation area and from 8 weeks for work on trees with TPOs.

Alternatively, you can always apply yourself; more information is available on the government website here.

What if we’ve already had an application for work refused by the council?2022-03-28T16:30:29+00:00

If you’ve already had tree work refused, we can take a look at the reasons for refusal and analyse your application. We then use our knowledge of the process to negotiate an agreement or compromise with the planning authority.

My neighbours trees/hedges are causing me problems, what can I do?2022-03-28T16:37:42+00:00

The first thing you should do is have a conversation with your neighbour to see if you can agree on a schedule of work for the tree or hedge. If you are unable to agree, then you usually have the legal right to prune back anything encroaching over the boundary of your property. Please bear in mind; you must still check for Conservation Areas and TPOs.

Unfortunately, if the height is the issue, you have no legal right to reduce them. You may be able to get the tree removed if it poses a risk to you or your property, but we must still apply for immediate permission from the council under an exemption for dead or dangerous trees.

Should I inform my neighbours that I’m having tree work carried out?2022-03-28T16:41:49+00:00

We always advise letting your neighbours know when you plan to get tree surgery done. Communication with your neighbours is crucial if your tree borders their garden as we may require access to their property to clear debris. It also allows them to raise any concerns and is just common courtesy. We understand neighbours sometimes don’t get on so if you feel uncomfortable speaking to them, please let us know in advance, and we can speak to them on your behalf. We find people can be more reasonable when in conversation with an impartial third party.

I would like you to carry out the work at the weekend, is a service you can offer?2022-03-28T16:50:53+00:00

Generally speaking, we don’t advise carrying out work over the weekend unless absolutely necessary. In our experience carrying out tree work on a Saturday or Sunday tends to cause conflict with neighbours due to the noisy nature of our machinery. That said, we are happy to discuss your situation, and if there is no other option, we will certainly consider your request.

The only exception to this rule is if you have a tree surgery emergency, where a tree poses risk to property or life. In which case, please call us immediately, and our team of emergency tree surgeons will get to you as soon as possible to make the tree safe and get the situation under control.

Emergency tree work, I have a dangerous or fallen tree I need dealing with asap, how quickly can you get to me?2022-03-28T19:42:18+00:00

We have a team of arborists and tree surgeons on call to provide 24-hour emergency tree surgeon services 365 days a year. Call us now on 01483 910361, and we will do our very best to get to you when you need us most.

Why do I need to employ an arborist or tree surgeon?2022-03-28T17:00:34+00:00

If performed incorrectly, tree surgery can be highly hazardous to both life and property. We always recommend using a trained, qualified and experienced tree surgeon to help minimise risk and ensure the longevity of your trees. Poorly pruned trees not only look bad but may lead to problems in the future which can result in additional expense. Guildford tree surgeons professional arborists take great pride in providing safe, affordable tree work to the highest standard, safeguarding the aesthetics and health of your trees for years to come.

I’ve decided to use Guildford Tree Surgeons tree services, is there anything I need to do before you arrive?2022-03-28T17:08:16+00:00

As previously mentioned, it’s always a good idea to inform your neighbours, especially if we are going to require access to their property. If we are using your driveway, we ask that you make sure it’s clear, along with any side access we may require.

We also ask, if possible, that you clear any items from below or around the tree. Our friendly staff are happy to help on the day, but if there is a lot to move, this can slow us down considerably, and we may need to adjust the price to allow for the added time.

As a note to DOG & CAT OWNERS, please remove all dog or cat mess from our working area. Having to work around dog and cat mess is far from pleasant and is not something we expect our staff to do. Besides being very unpleasant, it’s also a health and safety risk so our team would be with their right to refuse to work.

Who are Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd and what is their relationship to Guildford Tree Surgeons?2022-03-29T17:15:10+00:00

On March 25th 2022 Guildford Tree Surgeons merged with Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd, ownership and management was transferred from Mr Mark Seabrook to Mr Oliver Foreman meaning Guildford Tree Surgeons became a trading name of Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd. Mark and Oliver had worked together for many years before the transfer and they both have the same exemplary work ethic and passion for upholding professional standards.



Our friendly, qualified and experienced staff are always happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Contact us today and we’ll happily offer our professional advice to help guide you through your next project.

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At Guildford Tree Surgeons, we’re incredibly proud of the reputation we’ve built for ourselves, but you don’t just have to take our word for it; please feel free to visit any of the platforms below to find out what our clients think about our services.

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

Tree Surgeons in Surrey – Areas Covered By Guildford Tree Surgeons

Based in Surrey, the heart of the southeast, Guildford Tree Surgeons have provided expert tree surgery Surrey wide, from Woking to Farnham and beyond.

As our name would suggest, we have a solid client base in Guildford and the surrounding towns and villages, including Woking, Godalming, Milford, Bramley, Shamley Green, Chilworth, Albury, Shere, West Clandon, Send, Sutton Green, Mayford, Jacobs Wells, Worplesdon, Fairlands, Normandy, Wanborough, Seale, Farnham, Compton and Milford to name just a few. So if you live in, around or near Guildford and you’re looking to hire local tree surgeons for a local tree service, then we’re most certainly the ones to call.

It’s true we primarily operate in Surrey, but our operating area doesn’t stop there; we also provide our arborist and tree surgeon services in Hampshire, Berkshire, West Sussex and across the South East.

We have also completed large contracts for companies up and down the UK, so wherever you may be, get in touch, and we’ll gladly discuss your requirements.

Tree Surgery In Surrey 

As I’m sure you’re aware, there are a large number of tree surgeons in Surrey, and with that in mind, you must take time to ensure the Surrey tree surgeon you hire has the correct credentials and insurance. Guildford Tree Surgeons are reputable, insured and qualified tree surgeons with a proven track record. If you search tree surgeon Guildford, you can see just a glimpse of the great feedback we have received.

Tree Felling & Tree Removal Surrey

Do you need a tree felled in Surrey? Our highly skilled surrey tree surgeons can fell any tree in any location. There are two methods of felling trees, straight felling and sectional felling. Straight felling requires enough space to fell the tree as a whole, whereas sectional felling involves dismantling the tree in pieces. We use ropes and rigging techniques to safely lower the limbs and stem to the ground.

Crown Reductions & Tree Pruning Surrey

Do you require tree pruning in Surrey? It’s a bad idea to prune trees without consulting a qualified tree surgeon. If you prune a tree incorrectly or at the wrong time of year, it can have a disastrous effect on its future health. Why not let our approved tree surgeons take care of your trees? We’ll have them looking beautiful and healthy for years to come.

Tree Pollarding Surrey

Pollarding is the most severe kind of pruning, and you should only prune certain tree species, such as willow, ash or poplar, in this manner. Your Guildford Tree Surgeon can assess each tree by its species and offer professional advice on what pruning method is best.

Tree Stump Grinding &  Stump Removal Surrey

Need a troublesome tree stump grinding in Surrey? Our arborists and tree surgeons have a range of powerful stump grinders to remove stumps of any size in any location. You may be able to hire a stump grinder from your local tool hire shop but operating these machines without adequate training is dangerous and time-consuming. Save yourself the risk and sweat by letting us do it for you.

Emergency Tree Surgeon Surrey

Do you have a fallen tree or need an emergency tree surgeon in Surrey? Strong winds and stormy weather can cause lots of damage to trees and sometimes cause them to fall. Our Surrey based tree surgeons can respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you have a dangerous or fallen tree in need of our emergency tree services, contact us on 01483 910361, we’ll come to you asap, inspect the damage and provide you with a quote.

Hedge Trimming Surrey

Do you want your hedges trimmed in Surrey? Guildford Tree Surgeons are well-renowned hedge trimming specialists; we can trim pretty much any hedge, from cutting small hedgerows to topping large conifers. We have in-depth discussions with all our clients to ensure you get the desired look and required result.

Ivy Removal Surrey

Ivy, vines and creepers can endanger your property’s structure if you fail to maintain it or if it is left to grow without monitoring it closely. If you would like to keep your ivy, our arborists can prune and shape it to your unique specifications. Alternatively, we can sever it at the base and remove it altogether.

Garden, Land And Site Clearance Surrey

At Guildford Tree Surgeons we have the knowledge, equipment and experience to clear sites of any size from small domestic garden projects, right through to large scale commercial land and site clearances. We complete onsite risk assessments before every job and can provide more detailed risk assessments, method statements and any other necessary paperwork upon request. 

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