Simon Hill Tree Surgeon

We are a professional tree surgery & arboricultural consultancy providing services across Scarborough & North Yorkshire.

  • £5m Public Liability Insurance
  • Free Estimates & Advice
  • Emergency Callout Service

For enquiries or emergency callouts phone 07866 369 988

Commercial & Domestic Tree Surgeons

Established in 2001, we are committed to providing a quality tree care service with over thirty years’ forestry and arboricultural experience.

We are the professional choice for tree care in Scarborough, Whitby, Pickering, Malton & Bridlington. Local authority work undertaken.

Tree Care

Tree Care

We offer pruning, shaping, crown lifts and reductions services. A focus on quality workmanship, your trees will add value to your property and maintain the trees for the future. All the work we carry out is to BS3998.

Tree Removal

Tree Removal

Using our proven methods, we have succesfully dismantled trees with multiple hazards at ground level. We have a ‘safety first policy’ and can supply Risk Assesments and Method Statements as required.

Hedge Cutting

Our hedge maintenance service will help with formative pruning on planting, plus periodical trimming to keep hedges within bounds. Pruning times vary depending on the type of hedge.

Tree Preservation Orders

A Tree Preservation Order is an order made by a local planning authority in England to protect specific tree and woodlands. We can assist with this precise and important aspect of tree work.

Stump Grinding

Stump Grinding

Once trees have been felled, it is often necessary to remove the remaining tree stump; this requires specialist machinery and trained staff. We have stump grinding machines to suit any application.

Site Clearance

Site Clearance

Our site clearance service can clear any site from residential gardens to development sites. We can advise on BS5839 Trees in Construction and provide tree surveys.

Same Tree, Different Season

Welcome to 2019!

A new year and another 12 months of tree care.

During 2018, we experienced extreme weather conditions, from severe cold to soaring temperatures.

While we’re not sure what 2019 will bring, there’s one thing that is certain.

Trees will need some TLC as we approach a new decade.

From pruning to crowning, from removing to tidying up, we can help with your tree requirements.

With bare trees, now is a good time to check branches, bark and other part of your trees ahead of the spring.

This tree in the Yorkshire Wolds shows it winter shape beautifully.

In a few month’s time, it will be covered in new leaves!

Contact us for help with your tree needs.




Looking Ahead to Spring 2019

With the passing of the Longest Day, the earth turns slowly back towards spring.

While the nights are still long and dark, gradually we will notice the days getting lighter a few minutes each day.

And the buds will start to fill out on the trees and a new growing season begins.

It has to be said we’ve got a long way to go.

And we know winter can have a sting in its tail.

So maybe start to think about how you can help your trees prepare for spring.

We can help you with your tree requirements and we’d be happy to help.

Churchyard With Timber Treasures

Many of our churchyards have a remarkable collection of trees and shrubs which add to the peaceful landscape.

St Martin’s in Seamer, near Scarborough, is one of them.

Just off the village’s main street, St Martin’s sits atop a small hill with a collection of trees throughout its surroundings.

The churchyard is also adjacent the site of the old manor house, part of which still stands in the field behind the church.

There are also some impressive gravestones, including a stone angel.




Stroll along Scarborough’s Sea Cut!

The old sea cut which includes Hackness Road, near Forge Valley, and flows under Mowthorpe Bridge, is well worth considering for a winter walk.

The sea cut is mainly inland, includes some picturesque woodlands and ends up close to the Yorkshire Coast.

You can follow the sea cut most of the way or head up into Raincliffe Woods too if you are feeling like a bit more exercise!

If you start near Mowthorpe Bridge, you don’t feel like you’re anywhere near the Coast, as the terrain is so rural and green.

Definitely worth digging out the walking boots for a winter ramble with this one.

Find out more here.

Forge Valley Woodlands

So just outside Scarborough you’ll find Forge Valley Woodlands.

They’re located in the North York Moor National Park and have a flat two-mile boarded footpath through the hear of them.

Discover them between East Ayton and Hackness.

Lovely to walk through at any time of year, too!

The woodlands over just over 64 hectares and are a Natural England Wood, cared for by the Woodland Trust.

Find out more here!



So what is coppicing?

It’s a traditional method of managing woodland. Trees are cut down to encourage new growth from the resulting stump.

If a wood has been coppiced, then it’s usually referred to as a copse.

Did you know that coppiced hardwoods are still used in traditional furniture making.

it is thought that a tree which is regularly coppiced will never die of old age.

The resulting cut branches can be used for firewood.

Coppicing is a skill that needs a trained person to do it.



Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia in Yorkshire

This year marks the 130th anniversary of the birthday of T E Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia.

While he will be always associated with the deserts of the Middle East, Lawrence also spent time in Yorkshire, and was in ‘God’s own county’ a matter of weeks before his early demise in 1935.

Lawrence was born on 16th August 1888 in Tremadoc, Wales. His family later moves to Oxford, and Lawrence attended the city’s university at Jesus College.

He worked as an archaeologist and later volunteered for the British Army during World War One, during which his exploits in the Middle East became world news.

Lawrence then joined the Foreign Office, yet had a restless career which took him round the world, including to Yorkshire on a couple of occasions.

He joined the RAF in 1922. He was posted to the RAF Bridlington Marine Detachment Unit in 1932, and returned to the seaside town between November 1934 and February 1935.

His final stint in Bridlington commenced on 15th November, when he supervised the winter overhaul of ten fast launches, which included five armoured boats and five seaplane tenders. He stayed at the Ozone Hotel (now the somewhat altered Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club premises) located at the convergence of Windsor Crescent and West Street.

While Lawrence wrote prosaically about his time in Arabia, his had mixed feelings about Bridlington. His 1932 visit was during the busy summer season. A letter written on 28th November 1934 described the town as ‘a silent place, where cats and landladies’ husbands walk gently down the middles [sic] of the street. I prefer the bustle of summer …’

Perhaps the quiet atmosphere prompted Lawrence to get away from Bridlington and ride his motorcycle around Yorkshire. He visited York, Skipsea, Hull, Beverley, Goole and No Man’s Land, and it is likely he also paid visits to Whitby and Scarborough.

Yet Bridlington served Lawrence well. His desire to ‘back into the limelight’ meant he dreaded (yet sometimes appeared to relish) the publicity spotlight and for the most part, Lawrence time in the town helped him avoid the press. When word got out about Lawrence’s impending retirement from the RAF (due at the end of February 1935), he decided to say farewell to Bridlington on 26th February, with his trusty bicycle, which he rode all the way to his home, Clouds Hill in Dorset.

On Monday 13th May, Lawrence mounted his Brough Superior for the last time. On his return to Clouds Hill from nearby Bovington Camp, sometime between 11.25am and 11.45am, he encountered two pedal cyclists on a narrow stretch of road. He performed an emergency stop, which resulted in Lawrence being catapulted off his vehicle sustaining fatal injuries. He gradually deteriorated and on Sunday 19th May, he passed away at about 8.30am.

Bridlington today still remembers Lawrence: The Lawrence complex on the harbour side was built in 1993 on the site of the workshops of number 21 Air Sea Rescue Unit, near which there was a cafe Lawrence used to visit frequently; a sundial commemorates Lawrence’s connection with Bridlington. You will find it in the South Cliff Gardens, a fitting tribute perhaps, given ‘El Aurens’ spent many months under a blazing, hot sun.

Shipbuilding On The Yorkshire Coast

Shipbuilding in Scarborough was once a busy and thriving business.
Using timber to construct sturdy sailing ships, the trade was located mainly in the Sandside area of the town and at one point stretched to the foot of Bland’s Cliff, overlooking the South Bay.
Famous names connected with the shipbuilding industry include the Cockerill family and the Tindall family, although there were others too.
This maritime trade thrived in Scarborough from around the 1600s to the late 18th century.
Certain timbers were used in the construction of these ships, which then sailed all over the globe.

Scarborough’s Marine Drive

Many of us will have walked along it between Scarborough’s North and South Bays – the Marine Drive.

This incredible feat of civil engineering took 10 years to construct, from 1897 to 1907, and it opened for traffic in April 1908.

It stretches 2.5 miles from Aquarium Top (beneath the Spa Footbridge) in the South Bay to Peasholm Park in the North Bay. There was a toll to use the drive until 1951.

Royal Albert Drive, the steep road that links the Drive to the cliff top and Queens Parade, opened in 1890, whileForeshore Road on the South Bay was built and opened in 1879.

The Marine Drive is another one of Scarborough’s fascinating landmarks.

Rare Trees in Scarborough

Visitors to Scarborough (and for those of us that live nearby) will visit Peasholm Park, situated on the north side of the town.
The land on which the park now stands was known as Tuckers Field, and was bought by the local council in 1911.
Borough Engineer Mr Harry Smith had the idea of transforming the site into the Oriental-themed attraction we see today.
Work started on the island and lake in December 1911, and Peahsolm Park had its official opening on 19 June 1912.
The terraced seating was constructed in 1924, the same year as phase two of the park’s development – incorporating Peasholm Glen – commenced.
This was completed by 1932. The famous Naval Warfare was introduced in 1927, while in 1929, the landmark pagoda was built, along with the cascading waterfall beneath it.
As you walk away from the lake, you follow a path through Peasholm Glen and can see some rather impressive trees, which include unusual specimens such as the Red Oak, the Cucumber Tree and Dickson’s Golden Elm.
Find out more here

A commonly asked question is…

“How can I find a trusted Tree Surgeon?”

If you have a tree that requires attention and wish to engage a tree surgeon, we would advise asking friends and family to see if anyone has had any work carried out  recently and enquire if the work was satisfactory. 

Much of our work is from repeat clients and through customer recommendation.

However, other points to note are: 

  • A large advert does not mean a better service.
  • Request and compare local companies for relative quotes.
  • Ensure your tree surgeon has full Public Liability Insurance.
  • Ask to see previous work. A good tree surgeon will be happy to provide details. Remember the contractor will only be on your property for a short time; you will need to check your trees every day.
  • Simon Hill Tree Surgeon – The Professional Choice.

Get In Touch

Simon Hill Tree Surgeon offers commercial and domestic tree care reports and free of charge impartial advice. We welcome all enquiries by telephone, email or using the form opposite.

Tel: 07866 369 988

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Leighton Close, Crossgates
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
YO12 4LA