Jerry has been working with trees professionally for over forty years and over that time he has gained a wealth of both arboricultural knowledge and practical experience.
Studying Biology at the University of Sussex, he gained an honours degree specialising in plant physiology and ecology; going on to develop his practical skills by embarking on a career in arboriculture. Working as a climbing arborist gave him a real insight in the ways trees grow and respond, both to natural events and to the (not always sympathetic) actions of man.
Jerry has been a member of the Arboricultural Association since 1980, but in 1991 his tree surgery company, Ross Tree Services, was awarded the status of Arboricultural Association Approved Contractor and, in 1996, he was appointed Fellow of the Association. In 2000 he achieved the status of Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant. Having been called upon with increasing frequency to provide written advice on tree-related matters he relinquished the management of Ross Tree Services and since 2000 he has worked solely in the capacity of an arboricultural consultant, providing technical and practical advice on all aspects of the management of amenity trees.
Jerry has acted as expert witness in personal injury claims and appeared in planning hearings. He has also acquired a wide experience dealing with trees in relation to construction having been involved in projects ranging from small residential extensions to major developments and large civil engineering schemes.
The experience Jerry has gained in a long career in practical arboriculture and through working closely with planners, architects, engineers, landscape architects and other professionals, has provided a basis whereby he is well placed to provide sound, practical and realistic advice on all aspects of the management of trees in both the urban and the rural environment.
Barton-Hyett Associates are now pleased to be able to call on the expertise he has gained in over forty years as an arboriculturist in the role of associate consultant to the company.