Meet the team
DipArb, TechArborA – Founder & Managing Director
Alasdair is originally from the Scottish Borders and moved to the Cotswolds in 2008 to start AJ
Before starting his tree career Alasdair studied at the University of Aberdeen and then worked in
Brazil for six months. This comprised of working and studying in and around the woods and forests
plus managing a number of large Eucalypus plantations.
Moving back to Scotland he worked for a small tree company that covered the Scottish Borders,
Edinburgh and parts of Glasgow and starting firstly as a climber he then moved up to a foreman
gaining 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 now can be
implemented into all aspects of AJ Arborists tree works.
Alasdair handles all quoting, consultancy and gets up a tree when he can!
James hails from South Africa and after running a tree team in London for a number of years he
moved up to the Cotswolds to join AJ Arborists in 2011.
He has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge over the years which are invaluable to AJ
Arborists and his fruit tree pruning is a particular specialty.
He works closely with Alasdair day to day overseeing all the works that go on, the machinery that is
used and managing the ever growing team.
Lead Climbing Arborist
Adding to the continental feel at AJ Arborists Ryan comes all the way from sunny Bermuda. Joining in 2013 Ryan has taken to all the tasks thrown at him with both hands.
Ryan has passed all of his NTCP tickets in 2014 and is now the full time lead climber at AJ Arborists. He has taken to it like a duck to water – watch out for this one he is going to be good!
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 has worked with AJ Arborists on and off for 3 years now and after doing a stint in game keeping the lure of tree work was too much and has jumped back on with the team. He is learning the skills of being a tree surgeon under the watchful eye of James and it won’t be long until he is catching Ryan 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!