Tom has 10 years’ experience working in the arboricultural sector, in addition to over 10 years of working in and studying environmental forestry and woodland management.
Tom joined the Army from school and served from 1986-93, in England, Germany, Canada and Ireland. He then worked for one year on various construction sites in Germany whilst travelling around the country.
Following this, he returned to England to study. During this time, he undertook some self-employed research work for the Forestry Commission (FC), and completed six months’ work experience in British Columbia, Canada on various sustainable forestry projects. He has also spent time on a forestry work camp in Japan.
Arboricultural Consultant May 2012 – May 2014
Tom has spent 2 years working as the only Arboricultural Consultant for Connick Tree Care. He has completed tree surveys and produced reports to a high standard for clients covering all aspects of arboricultural consultancy, including BS5837, mortgage and insurance, subsidence, tree amenity and health and safety.
He has undertaken work for the public sector, private individuals and commercial clients. He has completed tree surveys and BS5837 work for Local Authorities. His commercial clients include developers, hospitals, housing associations and schools.
Arboricultural and Landscape Advisor May 2010 – May 2012
In 2010 Tom moved to the Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, as their only tree officer dealing with all tree and landscape matters. His time was split between the Development Services (Planning) Department and the Leisure and Parks Department. He dealt with all the Tree Preservation Order and Conservation Area tree work applications/notifications and served new TPOs. He also commented on planning applications and conditions, with some involvement in Section 106 agreements. In the Parks Department, he was responsible for all Council-owned trees.
He produced a Planning Guidance leaflet within a few weeks of arriving and it was aimed to produce a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) within a year. A draft version of this was produced but it was not consulted on nor adopted. He was also working on producing a Tree Strategy, for the management of Council-owned trees. This was to aid in dealing with the public and show a more transparent and consistent approach to tree management. This also was neither consulted on nor adopted and remained as a draft when he left.
Trees and Woodlands Assistant Apr 2007 – May 2010
In 2007 Tom joined St Albans District Council Trees and Woodlands Section as a Trees and Woodlands Assistant. This role was in the Planning Department although the section managed the Council’s Parks and Housing trees for the relevant departments. They also managed the Highway trees for the County Council under an agency agreement.
After one year he started to deal with Conservation Area notifications and Tree Preservation Order work applications. Within 18 months he was dealing with the serving of new TPO’-s as well as assessing tree related planning applications. He later began a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) review of the Councils TPO’-s.
Operations Ranger Forestry Commission Sept 2005 – Apr 2007
In 2005 Tom moved to a role with the Forestry Commission. This role was urban fringe woodland creation in the Thames Gateway area, which meant community involvement and dealing with the public as well as planning issues and assisting with an environmental impact assessment (EIA). The website for Jeskyns is http://www.forestry.gov.uk/jeskyns.
Project Manager/Forestry & Environmental Consultant Jan 2003 – Sept 2005
In 2003 Tom started employment for Envar, a part of ADAS. His main responsibility was the overseeing of their National Forest tender schemes and implementing their designs. He also advised clients on forestry issues including planting, grant aid and suitability of species and compiling National Forest and Woodland Grant Schemes applications. A guide booklet, “Create a Farm Woodland” was written by him for the National Forest.
During his time with Envar Tom oversaw the planting of over 1 million trees, on around 40 different sites. These were from Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire within the National Forest up through Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.
Native Woodland Planner Oct 2002- Sept 2005
Tom conducted freelance work for Welsh Farmers/Landowners to produce management plans for the restoration of native woodland in conjunction with the FC under the Tir Goval agro-environmental scheme from 2002-05.
This involved consulting farmers to discover their needs and desires from their woodland. In preparing a professional document for the management plan, map skills, a good knowledge of biodiversity issues and likely aspects of interest within the site were important. Finally, he presented a professional document to the FC in order for the farmer to obtain the relevant grants