Arbor Vitae Arboriculture Ltd are the premier arboricultural consultants in Edinburgh

Established in 2011, 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 in and around Edinburgh, as well as further afield in Scotland and the UK.

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.


Mike Charkow (Senior Arborist)

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Arbor Vitae Arboriculture Ltd is owned by Mike Charkow, who has over 13 years of experience as a tree surgeon and arboricultural consultant. Mike has gained an MA (Honours), the LANTRA Professional Tree Inspector Certificate (Level 4 qualification in Arboriculture), the Technician’s Certificate in Arboriculture and the Certificate of Competence in ‘Bats & Tree Related Works’.

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Mike has an excellent knowledge of the potential problems trees can cause to people and property, and how to remedy these issues

Mike continues to attend seminars and conferences to keep up to date with the latest arboricultural research and industry best practices and has trained with the world renowned tree biomechanics expert, Professor Claus Mattheck in Germany.

He 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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Our professional and experienced arboricultural consultants can advise 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.


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