Arboricultural Consultant Qualifications and Credentials

Arboricultural Consultant qualifications to ensure you consider

The qualifications and credentials of your arboricultural consultant may play a pivotal role in determining whether an application is successful, so you should choose carefully. Here are the minimum requirements to look for:

  • Professional indemnity and public liability insurance
  • Membership of professional bodies
  • Several years of experience in arboriculture
  • Relevant qualification to level 5 or higher
  • A good understanding of construction
  • Value for money
  • A good reputation
  • Experience within a local authority

A good arboricultural consultant will be happy to provide proof of the above. Do not be afraid to ask for proof of these as you have a lot at stake if you are submitting a planning application.


Arboricultural Consultant qualifications at Crown Tree Consultancy


Qualifications and credentials of director and principal consultant, Ivan Button N.C.H (Arb), FDSc (Arb), BSc (Hons), P.G.C.E., M. Arbor. A. Lantra Approved Professional Tree Inspector.

Before and whilst attending college and university (1983 – 1990) Ivan worked within the construction industry where he received training in a broad range of skills. In 1989 Ivan obtained a BSc (Hons) in psychology at Leeds University followed by a P.G.C.E at The University of Wales in 1990. On returning to the construction industry, Ivan worked on various projects including new-builds, refurbishments and groundworks until 1995.

In 1996 Ivan obtained an NCH (Arboriculture) at the University of Lincoln and became a member of the Arboricultural Association. He then received further arboricultural consultancy training with Peter Wynn Associates for one year before establishing a tree surgery and landscaping business in 1998.

In 2005 Ivan commenced full-time employment with an Arboricultural Association registered consultancy where he soon adopted a senior role responsible for five arboricultural consultants. During this time he obtained a FDSc (Arboriculture) at the University of Lancashire, which he passed with distinction. Since 2008, Ivan has been the Director and Principal Consultant of Crown Consultants Ltd which provides Arboricultural Reports for the purposes of Development, Safety, Management, mortgage, Subsidence, Mitigation and Litigation.

In 2015, he acted as tree officer for Barnsley Council and has since provided consultancy services to other local authorities including acting as a temporary tree officer London Borough of Merton in determining a development proposal made by the All England Tennis Club.

He has obtained the LANTRA Professional Tree Inspector Qualification promoted by theArboricultural Association and recognised as appropriate for all levels of tree inspection. He is a licensed Quantified Tree Risk Assessment user.

He is a long-standing member of the Consulting Arborist Society and has obtained CAS accreditations for Tree Inspection, Planning, Mortgage Reports (Subsidence Risk Assessment)and for his expert witness work.

At the time of writing, he has written numerous CPR compliant reports (civil and criminal) covering a range of subjects including Subsidence Damage, Personal Injury, Direct Root Damage, Professional Negligence, TPO Breaches. He has often given written and oral evidence in a court setting.

Ivan is a long-standing professional member of the Arboricultural Association and the International Society of Arboriculture.

Ivan has undertaken Bond Solon expert witness training and has obtained the University of Cardiff Expert Witness certificate. Between 2008 and 2017 he was registered as a Sweet and Maxwell Checked Expert Witness.

Qualifications and credentials of consulting arborist Emma Hoyle FDSc (Arboriculture), ED (Forestry & Arboriculture), NPTC Qualified, M. Arbor. A. Lantra Approved Professional Tree Inspector.

Emma is a qualified Arboricultural Consultant educated to Level 5 in Arboriculture at Askham Bryan College, is a professional member of the Arboricultural Association and is a LANTRA accredited Professional Tree Inspector. She has worked for Crown Consultants since 2015 and has since written numerous reports relating to all aspects of arboriculture including planning and development, vegetation-related subsidence, tree preservation orders and tree risk assessment.

Emma regularly attends seminars and events in order to keep abreast with current knowledge and best practise in Arboriculture. Prior to becoming an arboricultural consultant, Emma worked for two reputable tree surgery firms from 2008 and became an NPTC Qualified tree surgeon after completing a Level 3 extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture at Askham Bryan College. Emma also has experience in other areas of arboriculture such as forest clearance, tree planting, tree maintenance and landscaping. In 2019 Emma surveyed over 500 trees for Hackney Borough Council using Ezytreev.

Qualifications and credentials of arboricultural consultant Joe Taylor FdSc (Arboriculture), M.Arbor.A., Lantra Approved Professional Tree Inspector

Joe began his career in Arboriculture as a tree surgeon and climber. During his time as a tree surgeon, Joe has achieved City & Guilds NPTC qualifications in Chainsaw Maintenance and CrossCutting, Tree Climbing and Rescue, Safe Use of Manually Fed Wood-chipper and Supporting Colleagues Undertaking Tree Related Operations. Joe obtained a Foundation Degree in Arboriculture at Askham Bryan College in 2015 which he passed with merit, part of this course was advanced IT skills (Excel) and he is naturally apt at with new and bespoke technology. Joe is a professional member of the Arboricultural Association.

Since working for Crown Consultants, Joe has undertaken numerous surveys and produced numerous reports for the purpose of planning (BS 5837), tree condition surveys, subsidence risk assessments, root surveys and decay detection investigations. In 2019 Joe surveyed over 500 trees for Hackney Borough Council utilising Ezytreev software and tools.


Crown Tree Consultancy Ltd Company Credentials

Crown Tree Consultancy Ltd operate throughout the UK and is proud to offer its consultancy services to householders as well as small businesses and multi‐national organisations. Established in January 2008, Crown Tree Consultancy has developed a variety of company policies to ensure the highest quality of service is delivered safely to every customer. Our internal policies include an actively monitored Health and Safety Policy, Quality Procedures Policy, Lone Workers Policy, and Environmental Policy. Alongside our operational policies, we have an Equal Opportunities Policy, Anti Bullying and Harassment Policy and Anti Bribery and Corruption Policy. Crown Consultants LTD are members of the Equalities Register.


Crown Tree Consultancy Ltd carries:

  • £5 Million Professional Indemnity cover
  • £5 Million Public Liability cover
  • £10 Million Employer Liability cover.

Proof of coverage is available upon request.

If you have any queries or questions relating to any of our arboricultural consultant qualifications and credentials, please do not hesitate to get in touch by calling 08000 141330 or via a contact form on our contact page.

"Excellent company to work with. Ivan was very professional and detailed in his survey, giving helpful recommendations and insight in to what would be needed in the Arboricultural Tree Impact report. Emma was very helpful and fast to respond with the report that we need for a planning application. The report was excellent and very detail. Would definitely recommend and work with them again. 10/10 guys."

Kevin Walker, 15/1/18, Submitted to Google

"Very professional company and Emma Hoyle was very knowledgeable. We received regular updates without prompting which appears to be very rare nowadays. Would recommend them without hesitation. With their help we also obtained the result we were looking for with regard to our tree enquiry which is always a bonus. Great!"

Alan Rathbone, 01/08/18, Submitted to Google

"I have been extremely pleased working with Crown Trees. Emma Hoyle was my consultant and I have to say she is major asset to their business, an absolute joy to work with, quick and reliable. I definitely will be using Crown Trees in the future."

Core Gym, 20/02/18, Submitted to Google

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