DipArb, TechArborA – Founder & Managing Director
Alasdair originates from the Scottish Borders and moved to the Cotswolds in 2008 to start AJ Arborists.
Before starting his tree career Alasdair studied at the University of Aberdeen and Scottish Agricultural College gaining the necessary qualifications he would need. He then spent 6 months in Brazil working and studying around the woods and forests plus managing a number of large Eucalypus plantations.
Moving back to Scotland Alasdair worked for a tree company starting out as a climber then graduating to foreman. He gained a wealth of skills along the way in all aspects of tree surgery and arboriculture.
In 2014 Alasdair studied part time for a Level 4 Diploma in arboriculture at Merrist Wood college in Guildford. This further enhanced his arboricultural knowledge and understanding that he now implements into all aspects of tree work and consultancy.
Alasdair handles the quoting, tree consultancy and gets up a tree when he can!
Out of work Alasdair spends time with his wife Gemma, two children Ailsa and Archie plus Tilly the spaniel.
James hails from Cape Town in South Africa and moved to England in his late teens. After running a tree team in and around London for a number of years he moved up to the Cotswolds to join AJ Arborists in 2011.
Throughout his tree career James has gained a huge amount of experience, variety and knowledge which are not only invaluable but implemented day to day with his fruit tree pruning a particular specialty.
James works closely with Alasdair on the day to day tasks as well as overseeing all the works that go on, the machinery that is used and managing the ever growing team.
James is also a family man and married with two boys.
Lead Climbing Arborist
Adding to the continental feel at AJ Arborists Ryan comes all the way from sunny Bermuda.
After completing a Landscape Architecture degree at Cheltenham University he decided tree work was his calling.
Joining in 2013 Ryan has taken to all the tasks thrown at him and passed all of his NTCP tickets in 2014. He is now the full time lead climber at AJ Arborists and performs all aspects of tree work including large tree takedowns and technical pruning.
He has taken to it all like a duck to water and his nickname of ‘The Ryanator’ is well justified!
George is from near Stroud and came on board in 2015. He has come on leaps and bounds in the short time he has been with AJ Arborists. From hedges to trees he can do it all and has the eye for detail. He also volunteers at the Westonbirt Arboretum which is providing him with invaluable knowledge of trees.
Trainee Climbing Arborist
Ben is Gloucestershire born and bred and joined AJ Arborists full time in 2016. After going to college and doing a stint in game keeping the lure of tree work was too much and has jumped back on with the team.
Ben is learning all the skills of being a tree surgeon under the watchful eye of James and in 2017 he will be getting all his qualifications completed. He is hot on the heels of Ryan it won’t be long until he is catching him up.
Tilly has an eye for quality and never leaves a branch or twig on site. She also aids Alasdair in pricing all jobs and loves exploring the Cotswolds!