Our team makes your dreams come true - as long as your dream relates to trees or hedges, and not winning the lottery!
Here is our TreeMenders Tree Surgery Team extra-ordinaire
Andrew Harris aka FatBear - Owner/ Director
Andrew studied arboriculture and horticulture at Sparsholt College of Agriculture and still keeps the contacts. Nowadays he is a part time sessional lecturer at the college - training the next generation of arborists.
He formed TreeMenders 10 years ago and offers a personal, friendly service to all customers large and small (sounds like a James Herriot book). He believes passionately in excellent customer service and is very proud and privileged to work with a group of guys who love their industry and feel the same way. He will ask you many questions (sometimes more than that!) and work with you to undertand your aims.
Be warned, Andrew can talk the hind leg off several donkeys!! Don't mention vinyl records, old vehicles or why technology is wrong ......otherwise he'll be there for dinner.
Our son Kern is another Director and the right arm of the business. Kern (also known as Susan) studied Arboriculture and Horticulture at Sparsholt completing his course with distinction. He joined TreeMenders full time in Sep 2009 and is now counting the days until Andrew retires and he takes over. He suffers a little from OCD, so rest assured your garden will be left immaculate, but don't be shocked if you see all the daffodils facing the same way! He will often be the one dragging Andrew away from a customer who's eyes are beginning to glaze over at another of Andrew's intereting anecdotes. Besides trees, Kern's other passsion is snowboarding, spending every moment he can on the slopes ; he's been to Canada, Austria, France, Italy ....Japan is his dream destination.
Richard Collis (Team Leader) - Richard joined us in 2009 after completing the Arboriculture course again, at Sparsholt. Rich has sported many a range (or mange if you prefer) of beards - one of which is shown here. Rich is extreemly keen to please and can get a little over excited - He is not to be given orange Smarties or fizzy pop. He's a keen golfer and very competitive - don't expect any help if he's playing against you!
Chris Manson (Team Leader) - Chris joined us last year having moved from a fellow tree company ( our loss is their gain.....or something like that )
Chris started life as a Forester but has migrated from the dark side to also climb trees. It's not a pretty sight and we recommend that small children and pets are kept inside if he ever dons his harness. We hope that he'll stay with us at least until his hair grows back.
Kieran (Kez) Bates ( Lead Climber & Groundsman )
Kez joined us in 2014 and quickly established a reputation as a capable climber. He does have a bit of a rowdy streak and is a paint ball officianado, liking nothing better that going of for the weekend to a paintball war.
He is known as the pale white knight due to his transparent complexion which can make him almost invisible to the naked eye whilst in a tree.
Kez has recently acquired a Lexus to which he has added a race exhaust - there's no need to tell him to go to Kwik Fit - it's meant to sound like that.
Joe Whelan - (Lead Climber and Groundsman) Our website is simply not big enough to do justice to Joe -These are Joe's words, not ours - Despite being an Everton fan, Joe's been with us, on and off, since 2011 - Inbetween he's worked in Vienna and Australia and we're delighted to have him back full time. Joe is the self proclaimed best at everything. Unless it's go-carting.....or using a throw bag.......or baking! Although he did win the monthly bake off - by default as his competitor had thrown their disappointing cake away!
Craig (XP) Compton (Groundsman) - Craig had done a variety of jobs in the past and joined TreeMenders in order to learn the ropes (excuse the pun)
He's developed into an invaluable team member and now has the first two, of many NPTC qualifcations. XP's staple diet for the past 5 years has been pizza - He has, however, now moved in with his long term girlfriend (Lozza) and has been fed fresh vegetables on more than one occasion.. He appears to be taking this in his stride so much so that they have become engaged.. We're all looking forward to seeing a pizza based wedding cake!
Gino Rowson - (Trainee Groundsman)
Gino is the son of an old friend who has joined us as a trainee. Gino was named after the Dexy's song "Geno" - not spelt the same way. Gino is, what many would describe as, "complicated" - He's won our "numpty of the month" competition several times and has produced outstanding cakes (that's the forfeit!) - So, every cloud.........But he also draws, writes poetry and is reading "Finding Schroedingers Cat - See - Complicated! - He's fitting in well and will hopefully be taking his NPTC certificates soon.
Steve Holdstock - (Lead Climber & Groundsman) - Steve is self employed and works with us every Mon,Tue and Wed. Like Chris, Steve joined us in 2016 from a fellow tree company. Nicknamed "Average" Steve, he has no outstanding qualities or anything we can mock on the website. He is yet to be convinced of the value of tarpaulins . . . . but there's still time.
He is the only member of the team that can challenge Andrew at squash... he's beaten him once!!
Rhob "Cheese" Williams - (Climber & Groundsman)
Another of our invaluable self employed team, Rhob is actually ginger. We do ask that you don't hold this against him, when there are so many other things you could focus on. Rhob has a silent "h"in his name, like Platypus or Meringue - he comes from a long line of Cheese Makers, (Loosehanger to be exact) although, depite this fact, none of us have been offered any free samples. Rhob knows lots of long words and uses them with us regularly, which is a bit like Wordsworth reading his poems to a room full of Labradors - Keep at it Rhob - eventually one of us will take notice.
Jez Cox - (Climber and Groundsman) Jez or Jezza if you prefer, is anonther self employed contractor working every Thu and Fri - so if you're one of the Jezza - "Lovely Ladies" Fan club - make sure you book us for those dates. Jez is actually the tallest man in the tree world. Whilst many other tree companies send climbers up trees, we simply hand the Jezza some secatures and he does it from the ground.
Ciaran Quinn - (Lead Climber & Groundsman)
Quinn joined us in 2016 - He initially came over from a damp Ireland to a damp England to update his NPTC tickets - he trained with Kern, passed with flying colours. Soon after, he became home sick and went back to Ireland. Sadly, he then became Menders sick and moved back again. Quinn has quickly established himself a very capable arborist - even if he does talk gibberish most of the time.
Liam Herbert - (Climber and Groundsman) Liam's (or Lame as it's pronounced) our latest addition (we're very proud!) and comes in to help on Wed, Thu and Fri. He's not allowed to work with Steve as they live together and will start arguing about who's turn it is to clean the bathroom or who left the empty milk carton in the fridge. We don't know enough about Liam yet to warrant mocking on the web site - but watch this space. Welcome Liam.
and last but not least.... Tanya
I studied Horticulture at Sparsholt College of Agriculuture and support the team with smaller projects; shrub pruning, garden maintenance, company admin and the all important sandwich making!
I also grow numerous plants and flowers in containers to make up displays which we take to festivals, garden parties etc along with the benches and unusual seating that Andrew and Kern create.