Case Study - New contract for Isle of Skye-based consultancy

Seeing the wood from the trees is no issue for an Isle of Skye-based consultancy which has successfully secured a two-year contract with The Highland Council through PCS. Arborteering Ltd, an arboricultural, forestry and ecological consultancy specialist, has been contracted to carry out tree surveys throughout the Highland area, providing the Council with comprehensive and expert support.


Founder and managing director of Arborteering, Mark Robinson, founded the consultancy 10 years ago and has been successful in expanding the range of services it can offer clients. Working with a mix of private and public sector organisations, Mark’s expertise in tree and woodland surveys, forestry inventory and planning, woodland regeneration and veteran tree services has seen him work across Scotland.

Arborteering has developed its services to offer clients complimentary ecological advice, including protected species surveys for bats, red squirrels, badger, raptors and other birds. Mark has built up a particularly strong reputation for his work with bats – offering clients a one-stop-shop in the understanding and surveying of bat roosts in woodlands, buildings and other structures.

Using its industry experience, Arborteering has also developed a training aspect to the business, providing approved courses for both companies and individuals looking to gain and develop arboriculture skills.  The courses are delivered through Lantra, the UK’s Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries, Arborteering is also able to assess City and Guilds qualifications.

Being registered on PCS has helped Mark keep up to date with relevant opportunities for both woodland and bat-related contracts.

Mark said: “Local authorities often have a range of arboricultural needs including hazard surveys, establishing whether trees need work to make them safe, or development survey where the condition of trees is recorded and planners often need a record of trees on a site documenting the number, species and quality of trees.

“As Arborteering’s has developed a reputation for its bat work, it is very useful to monitor the daily email alerts from PCS to make sure I am not missing out on any opportunities. For a business of this size and speciality, working with the public sector is vital for long-term sustainability. I often work with other arborists as and when workload demands – this helps provide local much-needed employment.”