Jonathan Astill  Dip. Arb.(RFS). M.Arbor.A  is the director and arboriculturalist for Astill Treecare and is a professional member of the Arboricultural Association.

In 1992, he started his career ‘in the trees’ and ‘on the tools’ undertaking domestic tree surgery and woodland management operations in Surrey and Hampshire. He continued with this work whilst studying Arboriculture at Merrist Wood College where, in his middle year, was employed as a climbing arborist for a large Arboricultural Contractor based in Vienna, Austria.

After continuing to climb for an Arboricultural Association Approved Contractor until 1997, he moved into Local Authority as a Tree Surveyor for Test Valley Borough Council and then progressed to Arboricultural Officer at Southampton City Council.

Between 2000 and 2005 Jonathan took a break from Local Authority and worked for Merrist Wood College and Sparsholt College as a lecturer and practical instructor in Arboriculture. He qualified as a Teacher in Further Education whilst delivering and assessing the curriculum to a wide range of arboricultural and forestry courses.

From 2005 to 2011 Jonathan worked for East Dorset District Council where he led the tree team as Senior Arboricultural Officer for the last four years.

Since Astill Treecare was founded in May 2011, Jonathan has provided professional arboricultural advice to; householders, large estates , botanical gardens, private and academy schools, a range of city, borough, parish and parochial councils, recreational and commercial landowners. Click here for a list of some or our clients.

During his career, Jonathan has organised community tree planting events, given talks and presentations to interest groups, parish councils and committees, arranged successful study tours in the UK and Holland, chaired the Dorset Tree and Landscape Officer’s Group and sat on the Education and Training Committee for the Arboricultural Association.

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