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John Booth
Director & Principal Consultant
242 Highfields Park
Derby DE22 1JY
GBR
phone: 01332-556307
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Mark WilliamsJohn Booth, the Principal Consultant and Practice Director of Sylvanus Arboricultural Consultants Ltd., is a Chartered Aboricuturalist and Chartered Environmentalist and one of the UK’s most widely qualified Arboricultural Consultants. He has over 25 years experience in both the private and public sectors and has written numerous articles and papers for respected publications including the International Journal of Urban Forestry for which he is also a referee.

Mr. Booth and Sylvanus Ltd. are regularly instructed by both developers and Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) who are keen to ensure a satisfactory outcome from the planning process, (i.e. an appropriate balance between tree retention and realizing a site's development potential). All such work is carried out in accordance with the guiding principles of British Standard 5837 ‘Trees in Relation to Construction – Recommendations.’

Mr. Booth is a Bond Solon/Cardiff University trained Expert Witness and a member of the Expert Witness Institute. He has many years experience in both courtroom and planning enquiries.

Services Include:

  • Tree Inspection & Survey - Single Tree, Large Population, Mortgage Lending, Safety and Subsidence Issues
  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's) and Conservation Areas - Detailed Specifications for Tree Work Applications for Trees with Statutory Protection
  • Trees and Development - Tree Surveys for Submission with Planning Applications
    Tree Constraints Plans (TCP’s)
    Tree Protection Plans (TPP’s)
    Arboricultural Impact Assessments (AIA)
    Arboricultural Method Statements (AMS)

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    Julian Forbes-Laird
    Principal Consultant
    Dendron House
    Barford Road
    Blunham Bedford MK44 3ND
    GBR
    phone: 44-1767-641648
    fax: 44-1767-641648
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    Julian Forbes-Laird is a Chartered Arboriculturist, Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant, experienced Expert Witness and Principal Consultant of Forbes-Laird Arboricultural Consultancy Ltd. Mr. Forbes-Laird has a professional practice working throughout the UK and overseas. He covers all aspects of arboriculture, specializing in planning, tree safety and litigation related matters.

    Mr. Forbes-Laird is supported by a team of regionally based consultants, giving him national and international reach. He sets the standard for client service, works throughout the UK and abroad, provides commercially realistic strategic advice, prepares sensitive yet practical management plans, works within project design teams to evolve arboriculturally defensible layouts, wins planning appeals, and handles an enormous amount of work under pressing deadlines helping clients' achieve the best outcome.

    Mr. Forbes-Laird is widely recognised as an authority on legal issues pertaining to trees and is an experienced Expert Witness. His expert services include Pre-Action Case Evaluation, TPO Prosecutions, Forensic Accident Investigation and Tree Root Damage to Buildings.

    Other Services Include:
  • Planning for Developers and Local Authorities
  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's)
  • Safety Inspections
  • Subsidence
  • Expert Witness
  • Landscape Design
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    David D. Hunter
    Certified Arborist
    3406 NW Thatcher Road
    PO Box 324
    Forest Grove OR 97116-0324
    USA
    phone: 503-319-0380
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    David D. Hunter is a Certified Arborist with over 40 years of experience in the fields of Forestry and Arboriculture. Mr. Hunter has consulted and been brought in as an Expert Witness for Arboricultural and Forestry issues in Oregon and other parts of the United States. He has worked with historical sites and trees, and has taught climbing and safety techniques to tree care professionals.

    Mr. Hunter's background includes managing all aspects of the tree-service company from worker safety and customer satisfaction. He has specialized knowledge of the use of Resistograph and Air Spade for tree health and safety inspections. Mr. Hunter has been called upon to testify in court and help clients reach resolution prior to trial. His Expert Witness services are available nationwide.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Arboricultural and Timber Trespass Issues
    • Tree Inventories
    • Tree Surveys
    • Tree Preservation Plans
    • Hazard Tree Evaluations and Reports
    • Appraisal of Loss Reports regarding Landscape Value Loss
    • Arborist Reports
    Training & Certifications:
    • Certified as an Arborist PN-1068A, by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) - 1997-Present
    • Graduate American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), Arboriculture Consulting Academy
    • Tree Failure Training Conference, Certified as Evaluator Portland, OR
    • Registered Consulting Arborist membership in ASCA, RCA #408 (2003)
    • Certified Tree Risk Assessor (CTRA) by PNW ISA # PN-0150 (2006)Qualified ISA Tree Risk Assessor (2013)
    View David Hunter's Consulting Profile.
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    Christian Plunkett
    Consulting Arborist
    639 Montgomery Road
    Hillsborough NJ 08844
    USA
    phone: 908-824-0412
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    Christian J. Plunkett, BCMA, is an independent Consulting Arborist with 14 years of experience in the fields of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. Mr. Plunkett is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and holds a BS in Urban Forestry. He is a skilled diagnostician with extensive experience in the areas of Tree Preservation, Tree Risk Assessment, and Appraisal of Tree Value.


    Mr. Plunkett has distinguished himself within his profession by earning the highly respected ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and New Jersey Certified Tree Expert credentials. He is also ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. Mr. Plunkett is a member of both the International Society of Arboriculture and the American Society of Consulting Arborists.


    Litigation Support - Mr. Plunkett provides expert opinion, litigation support services, and forensic investigations to attorneys, insurance adjusters, and property managers needing advice on tree valuation, tree risk assessment, tree health care, and management. He has been accepted as an expert witness in NJ Courts of Law deciding timber trespass, encroachment, and tree damage cases. Mr. Plunkett's services include site investigation, research, report writing, and testimony at deposition or trial.


    Areas of Expertise:
    • Hazardous Trees / Tree Parts
    • Tree Risk Assessment
    • Appraisal of Tree Value
    • Casualty Appraisal
    • Abiotic Disorders
    • Managing Tree Health and Safety
    • Tree Preservation During Construction
    • Insect Pests of Trees
    • Tree Diseases
    • Fertility Deficiencies


    VIDEO: What Is A Consulting Arborist?
    5/1/2017 · Plants & Trees
    Whether the companies planting these trees are planting them incorrectly out of ignorance or in pursuit of maximizing profits; get in, get out, get to the next job, I do not know. In either case, it behooves a homeowner or property manager to do their due diligence and educate themselves on proper tree planting technique so that they will recognize when they are receiving a quality service and when they are throwing their money down the drain.

    2/28/2017 · Plants & Trees
    As defined in the tree care industry, a "Hazard Tree" is a tree that poses a level of risk to people or property that exceeds the risk tolerance of the property owner or manger. This means that a tree that may be considered a hazard to one property owner may not be considered to be a hazard by another property owner. Thus, "hazard tree" is a somewhat subjective concept, used when making tree risk management decisions on a particular property, and is not a description of the inherent level of risk actually posed by a particular tree. In the tree care industry the term "hazard tree" is generally reserved to describe a tree that requires immediate removal, or other mitigating actions, to reduce the level of risk posed.

    11/23/2016 · Plants & Trees
    There are many terms in use describing different types of tree care professionals and this can cause considerable confusion for a homeowner or property manager who requires a tree care provider. The information below will hopefully provide some clarity on the topic.

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    Bobby L. Lanford, PhD
    Bobby L. Lanford, PhD
    2066 Girls Ranch Road
    Camp Hill AL, MT 36850
    USA
    phone: 406-531-3541
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    Bobby L. Lanford, PhD is a Forest Operations Consultant with over 35 years of experience. Dr. Lanford is currently an Adjunct Professor at both Auburn and Clemson Universities.

    Dr. Lanford provides litigation support services on court cases involving Forestry Accidents, Product Liability, and Contractual Disputes. He has been retained for his expert witness services approximately 25 times. Dr. Lanford offers his expertise to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Selected Cases Include:
    • Contract Disputes
    • Forest Harvesting and Thinning Practices
    • Wood Handling Facilities Safety Standards and Procedures
    • Chainsaw Felling Personal Injury
    • Truck Off Loading Standards and Procedures
    • Timber Inventory and Mensuration
    • Logging Machines' Productivity and Performance
    • Potential Production and Profits of Logging Operations and Wood Products Facilities
    View Dr. Lanford's Consulting Profile.
    2/11/2015 · Plants & Trees
    Anyone who has a home with trees around it will someday need to remove dead or dying limbs and trees. The best managed landscaping requires trees to be pruned or removed as they grow. In addition, storms often create dangerous situations as limbs and trees are broken or bent over. I remember living on Lake Martin in Alabama during Hurricane Opel. The storm hit at night and we sat in the basement listening to all the commotion and guessing what was happening to our home. Occasionally, I would go up to the main floor with a flash light (power was toast) and peer out the windows trying to assess the damage. One time I reported to my family that the porch roof was gone. The porch faced the lake and the direction of the wind. It had rained all day before the hurricane winds hit causing the soil around the trees that separated our home from the water to soften up. At day light we found all the lakeside trees pushed over onto our roof.