Simon Hill Tree Surgeon

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Twisted Trees

Each tree is unique, a bit us Human Beings!

No two trees are the same.

And then each species is also different from the next. Bark, branches, twigs, leaves and roots have different textures and shapes.

Twisted tree in Peasholm Glen

Some are tall, some are small and some are twisted out of shape.

As tree surgeons, we are aware that each tree is different, even if they are of the same species.

Tree along the Cinder Track

Trees can also live for a very long time and even form focal points of a walk or park.

How many times as a kids did you have a favourite horse chestnut or oak?

Keep your eyes open next time you’re out on a walk … and choose your favourite tree!

A summer with a difference

Few of us can question the strange summer we’ve had in 2019!

Sweltering temperatures, monsoon-like downpours, strong winds … what a difference to 2018’s sunny conditions.

With the trees in full leaf at the moment, any rain and wind combination can mean cause damage, including falling branches.

Summer skies and branches in full leaf

The dark summer shades on the leaves will soon be turning into autumnal shades heralding the change of season.

It’s then time to think about how to prepare your trees for winter.

Trees need year round care

We can help with your tree requirements so why not contact us before we get busy for the autumn?

Trees that stand alone

While many trees cluster together and some are part of a large wood or huge forest, some trees simply like their own space.

When we see such a tree, we might wonder how it got there and why it is on its own.

These trees seem to hold their own in the landscape and often become landmarks for walkers, runners or cyclists.

These trees are also usually of a lovely shape for their species and are easy to identify.

We found this one close to Crossgates, near Scarborough. It was a lovely day when we took the photo too, as indicated by the blue skies behind it!

Cool timber

As the heat builds in the summer season, there’s nothing better than seeking the shade of trees.

These lovely trunks and branches can be found in Dean Road Cemetery in Scarborough.

A peaceful place where lots of folks are laid to rest, the trees stand tall above the gravestones, and each headstone tells a tale.

Many of the trees in this tranquil resting place are decades old and they are in their full green colours as the summer continues.

The cemetery borders the Manor Road section and the Peasholm Tree Trail.

Woods on our Doorstop

With the summer season now underway, there’s something about the coolness of woodland that is even more attractive!

The Scarborough has many wooded areas including Peasholm, Forge Valley and Jacob’s Ladder.

There is another area of woodland that is worth a visit and that is Raincliffe Woods on the outskirts of the town.

Raincliffe Woods

These woods have open access so can be enjoyed by everyone providing each visitor is careful.

There are some rules and regulations which everyone is expected to follow.

Follow the rules, please!

Raincliffe along with Row Brow and Forge Valley also have regular thinning work so the ecosystem can thrive.

Thinning woods

So if you go down to the woods today, enjoy them and help protect them for the future.

Trees of Note

If you are heading out and about in Scarborough (between the rain showers!) then you’ll be pleased to know you can enjoy some tree-mendous tree spotting while out for a walk!

Peasholm Park’s Treasure Trove of Trees, which also takes you along Peasholm Glen, is a great place to enjoy some fantastic examples of rare specimens and the late spring and early summer allows you to identify trees more easily as they are in full leaf.

Treasure Trove of Trees in Peasholm Park

It is over 100 years since Peasholm Park first opened for everyone to enjoy. The rare trees which have been planted over the decades form the tree trail and there is an information board in the park to help you become a tree expert. Now is a great time of year to put our tree detective skills to the test as their leaves are now in summer ‘mode’ and are easily identifiable.

Manor Road Cemetery

At the top end of the Tree Trail you’ll discover Manor Road Cemetery which is a tree lover’s dream with immense beech, oak and horse chestnuts forming cool, green avenues amid the peaceful gravestones.

Stone cross inspired by nature

As well as the natural phenomenon of the trees which grow successfully, nature has clearly inspired stonemasons to produce some beautiful stonework.

Trees near the Coast

So many of us are lucky enough to live by the coast.

And the Yorkshire Coast is not only spectacular, it is also festooned with trees!

Trees near the Coast

The weather varies a great deal along the seashores and the trees are hardy and can take extremes of temperature.

The wind can be a huge factor particularly if there’s a gale blowing.

Safe to stay though we have the best of both world with greenery, sand, seas and sometimes some sunshine too!

The Best Month for Trees

So we’re well into May!

May is one of the finest months of the year for tree ‘viewing’.

Fresh leaves … plenty of great colour … and lots of different shades of green to be seen!

From waterside parks to thick green forests, there is lush tree growth everywhere.

Peasholm Park, Forge Valley or Dalby Forest … it’s a pleasure to walk about and admire our botanical neighbours.

Large or small, there is a variety of different species to see.

Of course, it’s not just green that can be seen … there are plenty of other shades include the deep red of a copper beach, of which there are a few in Scarborough.

Or how about the peaceful tree walks that are a-plenty in the Scarborough area? The Glen near Peasholm is just alive with leaning branches and fresh growth.

Enjoy this fabulous month and the fabulous shades of green!

Trees in the Town Centre

If you live in a town centre, chances are you might not have any trees within sight … you might want to think again …

Lots of green spaces in town centres.

However, many town has green spaces dedicated to trees, flowers and shrubs, offering a peaceful haven within the traffic, hustle and bustle.

Trees can be found in many areas of towns.

Also many towns have cemeteries that are studded with trees of all descriptions and type.

A leafy retreat!

As well as these types of tree area, there is usually a park or two which offer a leafy retreat.

So if you’re in an urban setting, look for those trees … there will be some near you!

Trees That Stand Apart

We all have a tree that stands out in our mind.

Ash tree standing alone

Maybe we pass it everyday and notice the changes as the season’s change.

Maybe it’s a tree that symbolises something for us, maybe a long life or a loved one.

Either way, trees can outlive humans by some margin and they should be looked after too.

Keeping an eye on your own trees is always good practice.

This lovely ash trees stands along along a country road between Flixton and Wold Newton.

It shows the changes in the year in its tall, rounded branches.

If we look after our trees, they will help look after our planet.

News and Updates

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.

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