The company employed 12 staff and handled all aspects of arboriculture for domestic and commercial clients around Essex. But turnover fell 60 per cent in the last year. Former employee Chris Brett said: "The credit crunch and lack of domestic work caused the damage. We didn't have massive debts, but couldn't continue losing cash."
Brett said he had formed a new company, Arbor Care Tree Services, with another former employee based in Ongar.