Email: philthomas@ptarb.co.uk

Phil Thomas Arboriculture

Arborist and Tree Consultant


01548 856072

What exactly is Arboriculture?


Well, it is the cultivation, study, management, maintenance and care of our trees. Like all living things, every tree has its day and so it is important they are cared for and monitored from a young sapling right through to a mature monument.


This is where myself, as an Arborist, plays a key role.


Our services include:

  • Tree surveys and reports (visual and aerial). QTRA registed user.
  • Development Site reports. Such as Arboricultural Impact Assessments: bs5837's
  • Tree assessments for safety and/or TPO planning applications.
  • Tree planting and plans.
  • After-care and formative pruning.
  • Tree surgery and remedial work.
  • Pruning, maintenance schedules and tree management plans.
  • Woodland management, including fencing.
  • Specialist freelance climbing for existing tree companies
  • Mobile chainsaw milling service


  • £5,000,000 Public liability insurance.
  • Proffessional Indemnity insurance
  • Employers Liability insurance.
  • NPTC, City and Guilds qualified.
  • Lvl 4 dip. arb (ABC)
  • Lantra Professional Tree Inspections


'We are happy to say that the service we received was efficient, timely, extremely helpful and the report was very detailed.

Thank you for helping us'

Sarah McCarthy,

The Wolf Rock Boat Company



Phil's Background

Growing up in the South Hams the outdoor life was firmly embedded. Phil started working for his father's (Andy Thomas) gardening and landscaping business at a young age, soon becoming a frequent employee in school holidays. After obtaining A levels this became the start of his career, continuing to 'prune, trim and plant' in the local area, the majority of which was in Salcombe.

After acquiring his A levels, Phil started to work as a trainee Tree Surgeon part-time for Pittman Trees (pittmantrees.co.uk) alongside attending Bicton College and obtaining his relevant Tree Surgery and climbing qualifications. His working relationship with Pittman Trees is still thriving today. 

Four years later an opportunity arose for Phil to take his skillset international by travelling to Australia to live and work for 6 months, further broadening his experience and knowledge. Whilst he was there he continued his work as an arborist (Tree surgeon) for Evergreen Trees and Gardens in the 'inner city' Syndey and then one of the most prestiguous tree care companies in Northern Sydney: Arbor Pride pty Ltd. (http://arborpride.com.au/).

On returning from Australia, he decided to progress and further his knowledge by attending the specialist Arboricultural College of Merrist Wood, Guildford, Surrey. Here he obtained his ABC Awards level 4 Certificate and followed on another year to obtain his Level 4 Diploma in Arboriculture. Furthermore he also obtained the 'Lantra Proffessional Tree Inspections' qualification. As well as furthering his knowledge, Phil continues to broaden his skill as a tree climber by continued and specialist training over the years, learning and perfecting the newest, safest and most efficient methods and techniques. This is reflected throughout the team.

Today, Phil provides an expert service with a strong working relationship with a number of successful tree companies, both local and spanning across the South Hams and Dartmoor. As well as contacts in the garden maintenance, landscaping, building, architecture, design and landscape companies (including the family business still!). Phil hopes this clientel portfolio will continue to grow with the intention of working with other companies as well as home and property owners.

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