The Landscape Agency is launching a sister business, the Tree and Woodland Company, in the new year as part of a drive to win more work in the arboriculture sector.
Although the firm already has three staff working on arboriculture contracts from its office at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, it plans to set up a separate firm dealing solely with the work.
The agency's current arboriculture director, Andrew Bowman-Shaw, will become director of the new company.
The firm is now recruiting for an associate director and has plans to take on an arboricultural surveyor, taking the team to five members.
Bowman-Shaw told HW most of the work the section carries out at the moment is on private estates but had included a contract with the former Bedfordshire County Council, now Central Bedfordshire Council.
He added that arboriculture work comprised around 20% of the agency's turnover this year.
"By setting up a sister company we think we'll have more exposure to the arboriculture work available," he explained.
"Because we are associated more with landscape architecture, we don't always get considered for arboriculture work, so this is something of a marketing tool."
Subscribe to Horticulture Week for more news, more in-depth features and more technical and market info.