Fully qualified to deliver a professional service

Arborists, tree surgery and tree pruning throughout Devon and Cornwall

Mark Reade studied at Bicton College, gaining valuable experience and certification, culminating with the prestigious and internationally recognised Royal Forestry Certificate in Arboriculture. Mark then worked for a number of arboriculture businesses until, in 2002, he established Southern Tree Services.


  • First Diploma in Rural Studies - FDRS
  • National Certificate in country related studies - NCCRS
  • Forestry NVQ levels 1, 2 and 3
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • Royal Forestry Certificate in Arboriculture
  • Chainsaw NPTC qualifications
  • Electrical Arboriculture AE1
  • Pesticides PA-1, PA-6A
  • Signing & Guarding ~ CITY & GUILDS (CHAPTER 8)
  • Telescopic Lift (MUPE)~ PES430
  • First Aid at Work HSE Registered
  • Health and Safety at Work NVQ Level 2

    We have staff who hold International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) qualifications for the use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) so we are able to deal with dangerous trees that are unsafe to climb. We also employ staff with Signs, Cones & Lighting Certificates from BABTE (All of our staff undergo regular First Aid refresher training and undertake regular Aerial Rescue practice).
    Our climbing and rigging tackle is assessed by a qualified LOLER inspector (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) every 6 months in order to eliminate the risk of equipment failure. We fully comply with guidelines set out by the Arboricultural and Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
    All pruning cuts comply to modern arboricultural principles which limit, as much as possible, the impact of tree surgery on tree health.

    Skilled arborists offering a first rate service throughout Devon and Cornwall

    TEIGNBRIDGE: Newton Abbot, Kingsteignton, Bishopsteignton, Shaldon, Teignmouth, Dawlish and Starcross; TORBAY: Torquay, Brixham and Paignton;
    SOUTH HAMS: Dartmouth, Totnes and Dartington; DARTMOOR: Bovey Tracey, Ashburton and Buckfastleigh; EXETER: Exeter, Cullompton and Exmouth