AV Arboriculture are the premier tree consultants in Edinburgh.  We provide professional tree inspections, surveys and reports plus consultancy regarding tree care and protection.

Our clients include local authorities, large land-owners, architects and developers and housing factors as well as private home-owners. We are happy to carry out any size of job, from the inspection of a single tree for hazard potential through to BS5837 surveys and reports for hundreds of trees on a site to be developed.

AVA’s professional and experienced arboricultural consultants are able to provide advice on any aspect of your trees.

We believe that trees are just one component of an inter-dependent, diverse and complex ecological symptom, providing food and habitat to all manner of flora, fauna and fungi. We take a holistic approach to tree management and care and will always consider (and try to retain or increase) the ecological values of trees and woodlands. Bats, moths, birds, squirrels, deer, mice, beetles, lichen, Porcini mushrooms – they all rely on trees to some extent.

Mike Charkow (Senior Arborist)

AV Arboriculture is owned by Mike Charkow who has gained an MA (Honours), the LANTRA Professional Tree Inspector Certificate, the Technician’s Certificate in Arboriculture and the Certificate of Competence in ‘Bats & Tree Related Works’.

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With over 13 years experience as a tree surgeon and arboricultural consultant, Mike has an excellent knowledge of the potential problems trees can cause to people and property, and how to remedy these issues. He continues to attend seminars and conferences to keep up to date with the latest arboricultural research and industry best practices and is also a committee member of the Scottish Branch of the Arboricultural Association, a member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and a professional member of the Consulting Arborists Society.

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Mike is also the owner and manager of Arbor Vitae Professional Tree Services, Edinburgh’s premier tree surgery provider.


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