The D. Howick name is synonymous with tree surgery, woodland management and forestry services. We’ve built our local and regional reputation on the responsive delivery of modern arboricultural solutions from accredited LANTRA and NPTC tree surgeons. Our company also had industry-leading registration with CHAS, the FCA and FISA. From crown reductions to commercial site clearances, we have the needs of our Midhurst customers fully covered.
Our excellent reputation also owes itself to high standards of customer care. This reputation brings the client back to use D. Howick Tree Surgery on a repeat basis. This page focuses more on new customers from the Midhurst area and their most frequently asked questions.
What are your core business services?
The heartbeat of our business is tree surgery because it lays the platform for a wider range of services. Without it, we wouldn’t have the experience, the knowledge or the capacity to provide woodland management and forestry services to our commercial clients in Midhurst. Our tree surgeons deal with all aspects of arboricultural care and can help with traditional tree surgery practices such as removals, crown lifting, crown thinning and stump grinding.
These are key domestic and small-scale commercial services.
Woodland management and forestry services provide solutions on a larger scale for landowners, estate owners, farmers and clients from the agricultural sector. D. Howick Tree Surgery performs site clearances on a domestic and commercial scale.
Why are your business credentials so important?
It is our belief that customers and clients in the Midhurst area should have complete confidence in our service delivery. The credentials of our tree surgeons and our company reinforce this. NPTC accreditation is a City & Guilds qualification that encompasses animal care, horticulture and machinery use as well as traditional tree surgery and forestry services. LANTRA is a leading award scheme leading to land-based and environmental qualifications.
CHAS accreditation marks our skills as a safe contractor. FCA and FISA qualifications highlight our expertise in forestry, woodland management and site clearances.
What is a woodland management plan?
A woodland management plan is a structured method of sustainable land, tree and forestry management to a specific standard and one that requires the input of arborists and tree surgeons. The UK Forestry Standard is a governmental specification that monitors regulatory and reporting requirements for all woodland operations - irrespective of who owns the land and who provides the tree surgery, woodland management and forestry services.
The plan also has important crossovers with site clearances in Midhurst.
D. Howick Tree Surgery advises that some grant schemes need a woodland management plan in place prior to the submission of an application. We can assist with this, and help you to obtain grants including those available for the proposed plan itself. Successful applications include provision of a felling license for site clearances and timber harvesting for up to 10 years.
What is timber harvesting?
Timber harvesting is one of our key forestry services and one that we incorporate into woodland management plans and site clearances. It is a carefully managed program using clear felling techniques to remove trees, and specialist equipment to transfer the timber from land in the Midhurst area to the roadside. Our tree surgeons work in the best interests of the habitat, the local ecosystem and the global environment in general.
D. Howick Tree Surgery also works in the best interests of the client by helping secure the optimum price for timber at the point of sale – usually by tender at the roadside. Forestry services related to timber harvesting include mensuration, management of operations, tender of timber, roadside sales, woodchip production and, of course, ethical reforestation.
How does your company perform site clearances and why?
We perform site clearances on a domestic and commercial basis, anywhere in the Midhurst area. On domestic projects, we use compact equipment to clear tree remnants, plants, scrub and similar types of ground foliage. Commercially, site clearances play an important role in our woodland management and forestry services – particularly for timber harvesting. We use larger plant for commercial clearances and happily tackle projects of any size.
A site clearance leaves land clear for reforestation, development and landscaping.
Our tree surgeons manage waste from site clearances by recycling felled trees and green waste. Crane-fed chippers process branches and limbs to a 16-inch diameter and create woodchip for biomass boilers or mulch, when mixed with topsoil, for garden or landscaping use. D. Howick Tree Surgery uses trunks and larger limbs to create seasoned hardwood logs and firewood.
Our company delivers logs and firewood to Midhurst without charge in bags, by Land Rover or by trailer. We also deliver to other parts of West Sussex at prices agreed on application.