Barrell Tree Consultancy

AWARD WON: Arboriculture Consultant of the Year

Location: Fordingbridge, Hants

Managing director: Jeremy Barrell

Tell me about your key goals/priorities as a business for 2019.

Brexit has made business very hard for the high end of arboriculture, which is always ultra competitive. So next we we will focus on carving out more efficiencies, creating a more customer-oriented service, improving technological processes and being more innovative. Survival is hard but we are confident.

What do you feel will be the biggest challenge for you as a business (or for your sector) in 2019 – and why?

Biggest by far is being able to offer the same quality of service, but in a much more competitive environment where there are plenty of people willing to undercut you. It's not all doom and gloom, but it is pretty tough and there's not an awful lot of work at the high end of arboriculture.

What do you regard as the biggest opportunity for you as a business (or for your sector) in 2019 – and why?

After years of trying to get central government to understand the value and importance of trees we now have the 25-year Environment Plan. Whereas the National Planning Policy Framework is a disaster for trees, the Environment Plan show vision and strategic leadership on areas such as natural capital accounting, so there could be big opportunities for us.

What was the best thing about winning a Horticulture Week Business Award for you as a business?

Horticulture Week is the highest profile media outlet for arboriculture, but it goes out to all sectors, so it provides us with a platform to access to a wider group of people within horticulture. The event had an air of quality and prestige and was the first award for arboriculture consultancies. It was badly needed.


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