Welcome to Apex Environmental

What we do

We are a Midlands-based arboricultural consultancy with a wealth of knowledge and experience in all things tree related.  We offer a range of services, from carrying out tree reports for homebuyers making mortgage applications to producing tree management strategies for numerous companies and organisations.

We have expertise in:

  • Tree reports for planning (BS5837 arboricultural reports)
  • Tree reports for homebuyers
  • Tree damage reports
  • Tree surveys and inspections
  • Strategic tree management
  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
  • Tree and hedge-related disputes

Where we work

We cover many areas across the UK, including (but not limited to):

  • Staffordshire and the West Midlands, including Birmingham, Solihull, Wolverhampton and Walsall
  • Worcestershire
  • Warwickshire
  • Derbyshire
  • Sheffield
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • London and the South East

Our approach

We offer:

√  A professional and friendly approach

√  A free, no obligation quote

√  Efficient service, working to your timescales

√  Practical solutions to problems

Simply give us a call or email us to find out how we can help you.

About Us

Our people

 

Reuben Hayes, (MArborA, MCMI), Managing Director

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Reuben has spent almost 20 years within the tree care industry. He began his career in 1996, working for the National Trust in Worcestershire. This was followed by a one-year training programme with the Forestry Commission in rural Wales, where he gained practical skills in forestry management and tree care.  He then completed an HND in Arboriculture at Warwickshire College whilst also working as an arborist for national companies such as Glendale.

Reuben has undertaken a series of arboricultural roles for local authorities, including Three Rivers Council in London, the London Borough of Camden, and Cannock Chase District Council in Staffordshire.  This developed his knowledge of planning issues and legal matters such as Tree Preservation Orders, writing and assessing tree reports for planning applications, root damage investigations and subsidence claims.  He is experienced in carrying out tree inspections, looking after tree contracts and tendering for new ones, and in leading teams of people.

Working and living in London also gave him first-hand experience of the pressure that trees face in built-up areas and what can be done to mitigate these pressures.

In addition, Reuben is a tree expert for the Consulting Arborist Society (CAS), a professional member of the Arboricultural Association and a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD). He is in the process of completing his Charter with the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

 Arboricultural Association Professional Member

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Nick Burke (MSc, BSc), Arboricultural Consultant 

Nick has spent over 15 years within the arboricultural field.  He graduated in 2002 with an Environmental Land Management degree and went on to gain a Masters in Environmental Forestry at Bangor University in 2005.  He has worked for Sheffield City Council, the London Borough of Camden and Thurrock Council.  These positions enabled him to gain a real insight into the needs of local authorities and the issues they face.

Nick has also spent several years within the private sector, acting as a consultant on large scale development projects.  Nick’s knowledge of trees, his pragmatic approach and his due diligence allows him to really understand both the client’s needs and the wider legal framework. He has particular expertise in BS5837:2012 Arboricultural Surveys and producing forestry management plans.

Julie Shires, Office Manager

Julie joined us in October this year.  Reuben’s partner both personally and professionally, it means that Apex is now a family affair!

 

 

 

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Testimonials

  • We were extemely pleased with the fast and efficient service provided by Apex Environmental. The arboriculturalist survey was undertaken at very short notice to allow us to meet a property completion deadline after we had been let down by another company. The report was provided within a few days as promised and was most comprehensive including expert advise both for the short and long term. We would certainly use Apex again and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to others.

    Guy – Morgage tree report

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    Tree Reports, Arboricultural Consultants, BS5837:2012 Impact Assessments, Tree Root Investigations, Mortgage tree reprots
  • ‘The service was fantastic and at an affordable price which is hard to come by these days’

    John – Mortgage tree report

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    Tree Reports, Arboricultural Consultants, BS5837:2012 Impact Assessments, Tree Root Investigations, Mortgage tree reprots
  • Reuben Hayes was commissioned in Feburary to conduct a tree survey on a well developed plot of land in Stafford which was being submitted to the Local Authority for a planning application to erect a single four bedroom house.
    Together with an assistant he carried out a thorough and comprehensive site survey and submitted an excellent report covering thirty-six trees in four classifications to the Architect, the Local Authority and the client.

    Mr Deakin – BS5837 Arboricultural report

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    Tree Reports, Arboricultural Consultants, BS5837:2012 Impact Assessments, Tree Root Investigations, Mortgage tree reprots
  • My planning application has gone through without any problems – thanks to your meticulous and detailed plans of all the trees and relevant information submitted to the City Council!

    I was impressed with the efficient response and time keeping.

    Dr Dinesh – BS5837 Arboricultural Report

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    Tree Reports, Arboricultural Consultants, BS5837:2012 Impact Assessments, Tree Root Investigations, Mortgage tree reprots
  • Reuben was amazing, and really helped me in regards to my oak tree. Would definitely recommend him to anybody who needs help with a tree.  Reuben did the report on my tree very quickly and even sent me a copy of it for my records too.  He was worth every penny.  Very professional and thorough and extremely helpful with answering my questions in regards to my oak tree.

    J Smith – Tree root damage investigation

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    Tree Reports, Arboricultural Consultants, BS5837:2012 Impact Assessments, Tree Root Investigations, Mortgage tree reprots