The latest updates from Ground Control.

The latest updates from Ground Control.

Sharing our arboricultural expertise with a wide range of clients

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Arboricultural Consultancy

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Arboricultural Consultancy

The Arboricultural Consultancy Team are a professional and dynamic team focused on the sustainable management of trees. 

With our head office based in Billericay and multiple regional offices placed throughout the UK we can provide a nationwide service that offers effective and responsive delivery for even the largest of projects.

Our teams are equipped with extensive experience within Local Authority, domestic and commercial sectors. GC Arboriculture utilises the latest technological advances and training to ensure teams hold all current certifications, qualifying them to operate throughout all areas of the industry.

We are members of the Arboricultural Association with Lantra PTI, ND Arb, and Dip Arb L4 (ABC) qualifications.  We specialise in tree and woodland management as well as covering all aspects of Arboricultural planning issues for a range of clients.

Expert Arboricultural Consultancy

Planning & Development 

Trees are a key consideration during the planning & development stages of a project. Our Arboricultural Consultancy Team are able to aid and assist clients with the complex planning requirements related to trees and development.

Our Arboricultural Consultancy Team utilises the latest technology in GPS plotting, CAD and GIS mapping to ensure they deliver informed and accurate assessments. These tools enhance the delivery of on- site requirements and assist with the production of comprehensive plans and reports as are necessary for planning applications, method statements and site supervision.

We have many years’ experience in BS 5837:2012 compliance, delivering to a range of clients throughout the UK. These range from small commercial projects to collaborating as part of larger multidisciplinary teams on major infrastructure developments.


WoodPlan is a specialist tree management software that focuses on increasing efficiency. The software enables organisations to take a proactive and responsible role in the management of their trees and allows tree information for multiple sites to be stored centrally.

The central software allows production of reports, GPS mapping and management of tree works, that services requirements in key areas concerning risk, duty of care, budget management, administration and workforce efficiency. WoodPlan builds a detailed and historical collection of data, photos and tree works carried out on an entire tree stock, facilitating a defendable tree management system.

Picus Tomo Graph

What may appear to be healthy timber could in fact be hollow and structurally weak. Tree inspections will highlight visible issues such as decay, pathogens or fungal growth. However, Picus tomography allows the further investigation of such problems enabling the production of accurate reports and recommendations for the tree.

PICUS tomography identifies healthy wood as a better sound wave conductor than wood damaged by decay. By using sonic sensors to detect the speed of sound waves passing through, this is a non-intrusive approach to detect decay and cavities in standing trees. The test generates a 2D colour tomogram of the tree stem to display a clear, graphical representation of the tree’s structural integrity. We provide appropriate tree management recommendations for individual trees by combining these results with our knowledge of tree mechanics and species profiling.

Our clients appreciate the clear diagrammatic reports we offer and value our wealth of tree management experience, with much of our work concerning high amenity veteran specimens with historical, sentimental and ecological value. For Local Authorities and other concerned parties, PICUS tomography can be vital in demonstrating the need for remedial tree works, particularly for trees subject to planning legislation.

Tree Condition Surveys

All our surveys follow the Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) method of tree diagnosis that is legally recognised world-wide.  VTA interprets the body language of trees; linking internal defects such as mechanical faults, pathogens, pests and disease to the tree’s own repair-structures, assessing them and deducing measures for remedial action. In using this method we can avoid unnecessary felling and accidents caused by part or entire failure of the tree.

GC Arboriculture offers these detailed assessments across all sectors, for both single and multiple-site tree stocks. We have the technology to incorporate these VTAs in to our bespoke WoodPlan system, to provide a complete package for the purpose of risk management, output reporting, mapping, tree works and costing recommendations.

Aerial Tree Inspections

Visual Tree Assessments are undertaken at ground level. To investigate features and defects higher up the trunk, stems or higher crown, it is necessary to conduct aerial inspections. Such inspections can be accessed by our certified climbers or a MEWP.

Inspections can also be undertaken by our in-house Ecologists in the form of secondary bat roost appraisals, where potential bat roosts have been identified by our Arboricultural Consultancy Team. This ensures full legal compliance and responsible practice is in place when tree works are recommended.


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