About Us

Arbcore has been operating since 2002, run by Tristan Merry-Howe who’s a City and Guilds NPTC chainsaw trainer and assessor with thousands of hours of tree climbing, chainsaw and forestry experience. The business now has three ‘arms’: Tree Surgery, Forest Services and Landscaping.

Tristan Merry-Howe

Tree Surgery jobs usually starts with Tristan making a site visit to meet with you to discuss your needs, objectives and to see the trees. Together you can talk about the available options and how you may like to proceed. Next you will be supplied with a written quotation via email (or in the post if you prefer). If you are happy with the quotation we will then arrange a convenient date for the work to be carried out. On the day of work a team lead by either Tristan or one of the other lead climbers will arrive, the whole team will be introduced to you and they’ll run through the job again to make sure you are entirely happy with the plan. The team leader then completes an on-site risk assessment which he conveys to the team and they sign; work can then begin. Once we are finished you’ll be asked to take a look and ensure you are happy, when you are the team will then clean the area extremely well before packing up and leaving.


Forest Services teams work mainly for NRW and we are the primary contractor for NRW in Mid Wales. Over the years we have also worked with the former Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, numerous private woodland owners and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust. Last year alone we provided environmentally beneficial regenerative tree clearance across around 250Ha of upland.


Landscaping jobs starts in much the same way as a Tree Surgery job, with Tristan visiting the client and discussing the potential work, a rough plan and costings are then drawn up and provided. If the price is in the right ball-park for the client we then produce a tighter costing and that includes more detail and further drawings if needed/desired. When everyone is happy we arrange a convenient time to carry out the works. As with all the work Arbcore carry out, our staff conduct themselves in a polite and courteous manor and carry out the work to the highest of standards.