Chartered Arboriculturist and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Registered Consultant, and Fellow, of the Arboricultural Association and a Member of the Institute of Horticulture. On the UK Register of Expert Witnesses and member of the Society of Expert Witnesses.


My Professional Practice covers all aspects of trees or woody plants. This includes Trees and Planning issues, including Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and Tree Surveys to British Standard 5837:2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction - Recommendations. Tree Safety and advice on Tree Surgery are important aspects, as are Trees and Subsidence, Tree Identification and preparation of Landscape or Tree Planting schemes.

My practice ranges from giving oral advice and reports for private individuals to the preparation of reports in Civil Litigation, including acting as a Single Joint Expert on any aspect where tree-related expertise can assist in establishing facts or resolving disputes, such as with Boundary disputes. My principal area of work is across southern England from my home on the Devon Ė Somerset border.


Since leaving Aberdeen University in 1972 with an Honours Degree in Forestry, I have worked in Arboriculture, initially for a private firm of Tree Surgeons, then as Arboricultural Officer to a London Borough for five years, at the Arboricultural Advisory and Information Service at the Forestry Commissionís Forest Research Station at Alice Holt, Farnham, Surrey and then as Curator of Hampshire County Councilís Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum. Since 1984 I have been self employed as an Independent Arboricultural Consultant.

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I have written eleven books, several of which have been translated into European languages or have American Co-editions and have; contributed to a similar number of other books, Scientific papers include articles on Tree Taxonomy, including molecular and DNA investigations, also popular articles. I have been a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commissionís Conifer Specialist Group since it was established and was on the organising committee for the 4th International Conifer Conference in August 1999.

A number of my photographs are available from the Frank Lane Picture Agency (www.flpa-images.co.uk) and some of this material is available on www.arkive.org

Contact Details: Keith Rushforth | Tel: 01884 841400 | Email: keith.rushforth@gmail.com