Meet The Team
Mark Hudson (Principal)
Following practical experience in Scotland, Lincolnshire and Northumberland he qualified in 1980 with an OND in Forestry from Newton Rigg, Cumbria going on to achieve the RFS National Diploma in 1984 and becoming a professional member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters in 1985.
Since qualifying he has worked in Sussex and Yorkshire with Tilhill Forestry, moving to Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire as parks and woodland manager in 1984, and on to Lincolnshire to become an independent advisor on trees and woodlands in 1992.
From 1999 to 2002 Mark was project officer on behalf of ADAS for the Lincwoods Objective 5b woodland initative, delivering advice, training and capital funding.
Following a period of intensive CPD with TreeLife he achieved professional membership of the Arboricultural Association in 2007 (he also the holds the LANTRA professional tree inspectors award) and, in conjunction with the team continues to offer independent advice throughout the tree and woodland sectors, predominantly from the Humber to the Wash.
For a time Mark was also co director of a small renewable energy company promoting the use of wood as a sustainable fuel, and developed a good working knowledge of wood chip and pellet fired systems as well as log burners.
He is married to Gina, and they have one son.
Steve Vessey (Associate)
Born and raised in Lincolnshire, Steve has worked professionally in forestry for over 25 years
After leaving school he went to college at Riseholme (Lincs) and Newton Rigg (Cumbria) to study Forestry where he gained a C&G phase one and a BTec National Diploma; he is also a qualified chainsaw operator and tree climber and holds the LANTRA professional tree inspectors award
He has previously worked as an assistant forester with Hertfordshire C.C. and also with a private forestry company in Sweden; Steve also gained valuable experience recentlyworking as a "roving woodland officer" with the Forestry Commission in varies areas of the country, but has now returned to his role as self employed woodland manager, forestry contractor and tree inspector, increasingly working both independently and with the team on a wide range of woodland management and arboricultural operations
Steve specialises in planting, establishment, and forest machinery but has extensive knowledge on a wide range of forestry issues.
The linchpin of the team, Gina lived in Lincolnshire until meeting Mark and initially moving to Cumbria with him.
Having been married to Mark since 1977 she has an in depth understanding of the tree and woodland sectors and works both as admin and data input officer for the team and as field survey assistant on tree inspections.
Gina also holds the LANTRA basic tree inspectors certificate.
She works routinely as a volunteer bird surveyor for the British Trust For Ornithology, lately on the bird atlas and more recently on the WEBS wetland bird survey project
We are also fortunate to work on occasions in association with a wide range of other professionals including experts on wildlife, hydrology, planning, architecture and others; we look forward to continuing to do so.
Finally, advice is all well and good but of little use if recommendations can't be put in to practice.
We have been pleased over the years, and on behalf of customers, to engage a wide range of highly skilled and experienced contractors; we are grateful for their substantial contribution, and look forward to continuing to work with them, and others, on future projects.
Criminal Records Bureau
For your assurance when working in sensitive areas all of our inspectors are "CRB" checked and cleared
Continued Professional Development
We strive to offer the most current advice and information; CPD is a part of our everday lives, whether reading industry periodicals, speaking with colleagues or attending seminars; it is also a requirement of ongoing professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and the Arboricultural Association.