About us


Photo of Arbor-tec Tree Care tipper van and yard

Arbor-Tec Tree Care is a tree care business based in Keswick, Cumbria. Operated by reliable and skilled tree surgeons, we under take all aspects of tree surgery and arboricultural work for commercial and domestic clients. Our aim is to preserve the health of the Lake District trees and work safely within their surroundings.

Arbor-Tec Tree Care was formed in July 2008 by Keswick based tree surgeon Mike Graham. We take great pride in our work and are qualified to level three standards in arboriculture. With an educational background we are able to offer a wide range of tree care maintenance, knowledge and expertise ranging from specimen tree planting to whole tree removal, all at competitive rates.

Our aim is 100% customer satisfaction which is why our customers, both contract and domestic, return time after time.

Meet the team

  • Photo of Mike Graham, Arbor-tec Tree Care, winner of West Cumbria Entrepreneur of the Year 2009

    Mike Graham

    Mike has acquired several years of tree surgery experience on both sides of the globe, having spent a year working as a tree surgeon in Sydney, Australia. The experience enabled him to enjoy unrivaled views of Sydney Opera House from the top of Manly’s finest trees. In November 2009, Mike was named West Cumbria Entrepreneur of the year by the Chamber of Commerce. When he is not cutting down trees, he enjoys making custom made garden furniture.

    Mike obtained Arboricultural qualifications at the Myerscough College in Preston. To keep up with the ever-changing aspects of Arboriculture, he attends regular work shops.

Photo of Arbor-tec Tree Care at Dalemain Show 2009

Qualified Tree Surgeons

We have a number of qualifications consisting of:

  • National Diploma in Arboriculture
  • NPTC CS30, CS31, CS32, CS33, CS34 CS38, CS39, CS40, CS41
  • NPTC A 06 Brushwood chipper operations
  • IPAF Mobile Work Platforms certificate, vehicle mounted to 26m
  • HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) Class 2 license
  • City and Guilds Signing, Lighting and Guarding certificate
  • ABC First Response training: Emergency First Aid (Appointed Person)
  • Member of the Arboricultural Association - Technicians certificate

Health and Safety

We work safely and efficiently, conducting regular checks on all our machinery, equipment and PPE. It is also our policy to carry out regular on-site inspections.

We comply with all health and safety regulations, thus requiring us to complete and carry:

  • Site specific / generic risk assessments
  • Method statements
  • Accident book
  • Spill kit (COSHH)
  • First aid kit
  • Health & Safety policy

Fully Insured

All our work is carried out to British Standards 3998 (Recommendations for tree work 1989) and we are fully insured for both public liability and employer’s liability through NFU Mutual. Our insurance covers us for £5,000,000 public liability and £10,000,000 employer’s liability.

Environmental Policy

We are an environmentally friendly company and ensure to recycle and re-use as much timber, logs and wood chip as possible. We offer all our clients the opportunity to purchase fire logs and garden wood chips, fresh or rotted down. We also provide a service of milling your timber into planks to specified sizes for you to use.

Our Clients

  • Border Construction
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Thomas Armstrong Ltd.
  • Lake District National Park
  • Allerdale Borough Council
  • The Caravan Club

We have the skills, qualifications and equipment to provide contract tree surgery and domestic tree surgery, to any scale. Our customers range from private householder, hotels, nursing homes, country estates, golf and sports clubs, hospitals and district council authorities.

We meet strict health and safety requirements and high working standards for corporate companies such as:


Many thanks for the tree work carried out, for arriving when you said and for cleaning up so well. We are more than happy to recommend you. With Many Thanks.

—Mr & Mrs Bell, Portinscale

You did a very good job and I would recommend you in the future. Many Thanks.

—Mrs Lloyd, Cockermouth

Thank you, delighted with the tree surgery work.

—Mrs Hughes, Carlisle

Thanks very much, tidy job, much better! We will definitely contact you again.

—Mrs Ball, Cockermouth

Thank you both for making us Happy Bunnies cutting our tree back, we are delighted! The hard work and skills you both have was delightful to watch.

—Mr & Mrs Billing, Cockermouth

Thank you very much for you prompt work for felling the Sycamore tree at the bottom of the garden. I am looking forward to seeing the effect in the garden.

—Mr Bartlett, Keswick

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