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.

The Shipping Forecast

As well as having a thriving ship-building industry ‘back in the day’, the Yorkshire Coast is also synonymous with the Shipping Forecast, a favourite with landlubbers and those with sea legs alike!

The Shipping Forecast is like a lullaby to many radio listeners … so, how did it start?

‘The ships’, as the newscasters call it, has its beginnings in the Victorian era.

The very first warning service for shipping was broadcast via telegraph in 1861, introduced by Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy, who’s since had a shipping area named after him.

Today, the Shipping Forecast has a strict limit of 350 words (increased to 380 words for the 00:48hrs broadcast, the only one to include Trafalgar sea area).

And while the hypnotic words might not mean much to non-seafarers, the historic broadcast of 10th January 1993 warned of a ‘Southwest hurricane Force 12 or more’, thankfully a very rare occurrence, and one that would have been universally understood as bad news for mariners.

While we sometimes forget we’re an island race, the shipping forecast reminds us that we are island with a proud seafaring tradition.

During the opening ceremony of the iconic 2012 London Olympics, part of a shipping forecast was played to a global audience of millions, representing Britain’s maritime connections.

‘The ships’ have inspired musicians and writers for decades, including The Prodigy, Blur, Kate Bush, and others.

Numerous books, poems and even films feature this legendary aspect of British broadcasting.

And it’s a chance to let your imagination run free as the poetic place names such as Cape Wrath, Gibraltar Point and Mull of Kintyre trip off the tongue, sending you into a night’s restful repose.

There is something truly hypnotic about the Shipping Forecast. If you’ve not heard it before, then you’re missing out.

It’s highly addictive and often signals the start and the end of your day … everyday.




A Visit to Scarborough Mere

Surrounded by various trees and foliage, Scarborough Mere is a now peaceful haven for wildlife and waterfowl.

Back in the day, Scarborough Mere was a tourist attraction, including a putting green, leisure boats and a café.

Pirate ship the Hispaniola would take kids to the lake’s island to seek treasure.




scarborough mere

Back in the 1760s, the Mere, which is a natural lake, was known at Byard’s Lake.

Today, you can take a flat stroll around the edges of the Mere, cross various timber bridges and spot some interesting fauna and flora.

There is a cafe and a parking area so you can enjoy a visit to this picturesque location.


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.

Spring 2018 – Where Is It?

So … the first meteorological day of spring happened to be the 1st of March. Then winter had other ideas!

We’re hopefully going to see the last of this rather long-winded cold snap and be able to focus on the new season.

Winter might well have taken its toll on your trees and hedges, though. Once the snow has melted, have a look at them and let us know if you need some work carrying out.

We’re all waiting for spring to arrive, and for that sun to shine and the air temperature get above freezing!



Works Continue in Peasholm Park, Scarborough

Scarborough’s Peasholm Park is undergoing a bit of a facelift.

The old timber boatneck is no more and the Buttercup Kiosk has been dismantled.

Peasholm Park and the Glen are home to some rare trees and also to the world famous naval warfare.

While it’s a shame to see the old buildings disappear, we’re looking forward to seeing how it all looks ready for the summer season!

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.

Fishermen’s Ganseys

If you live near the coast, then you’ll probably have heard of ‘ganseys’ – a special jumper or ‘guernsey’ worn by fishermen.

This is a hand knitted garment usually in navy blue, made from a special wool.

Each gansey has a different pattern, reflecting where the fisherman came from – this was so they could be identified if the worst happened.

A gansey was usually knitted by the female members of the family and were made without seams, created all in once piece using special needles.

The knitting is also very ‘tight’ so a gansey was weather-proof.

You can see examples of gansey at Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre, in Eastborough, Scarborough.

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.
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A Beacon for Seafarers in Scarborough

Scarborough’s lighthouse has been a guiding light to sea farers for over 200 years. One of the town’s iconic structures, the building has been bombed, rebuilt and transformed during its lifetime.
Standing on the 18th century Vincent’s Pier, Scarborough’s lighthouse was first constructed sometime between 1801 and 1806 during which a permanent brick structure was built, paid for by levies from the many vessels, which used the port of Scarborough at the time.
The lighthouse was a brick tower with a flat top, surrounded by iron railings. A coal brazier burned on the top platform during the night, while a warning flag was flown during the day.
The warning light was soon replaced by six tallow candles, placed in a circular tin that resided in an oblong-shaped window beneath the flat roof. An on-duty watchman replaced the candles as they burnt out.
In 1818, a copper reflector replaced the circular tin; however, one of the difficulties of this arrangement was the light could be confused with the lights shining from the town itself, behind the lighthouse. Shutters on appropriate windows helped ease this problem.
By 1840, a gas supply had reached the harbour area and the lighthouse. Around this time, a harbour master was also recruited. From 1843, harbour masters and their families lived in specially built premises adjoining the lighthouse tower, in use until 1937.
In the 1840s, the lighthouse tower was heightened by 17ft to make the light more visible to mariners. By now, the gas-fuelled lantern, called the Bude light, gave off a powerful beam. After extortionate gas bills (£60 per annum), it was exchanged for a smaller, four-inch five gaslight burner. A black ball replaced the flag for daytime warning. During long winter nights, two of the five gaslights were light permanently to warn shipping.
Perhaps the most dramatic event for Scarborough lighthouse was the World War One bombardment on 16 December 1914. Around 500 shells were shot into the town, killing 18 Scarborough residents and causing considerable damage throughout the borough.
The lighthouse was badly damaged when a shell clipped the tower and tore a gaping hole through its centre. A shell also damaged the harbour master’s quarters. The damage to the lighthouse was so severe it was pulled down three days later on 19 December.

Surprisingly, the lighthouse existed without its tower until it was reconstructed in late 1931. During the rebuild, a foghorn was added, sounding off a single two-second blast every minute in F-sharp. It was run by electricity, and during World War Two, it doubled up as an air raid warning. The lighthouse lantern changed to white occulting light, again powered by electricity.
In the 1980s, the current lantern room was added to the building. The rest of the tower and its spiral staircase date from the 1931 rebuild.
The last 24-hour lighthouse watch took place in 1997. After this date, the decision was taken to man the lighthouse during the summer months only.

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



Simon Hill Tree Surgeon

Leighton Close, Crossgates

Scarborough, North Yorkshire

YO12 4LA