Olivers Tree Services Ltd are a full-service provider and our contracting work consists of tree felling, pruning, planting, feeding and cable bracing of amenity trees. A stump removal service is also provided. We have a wide range of supplementary equipment for the removal of heavy timber.

We act as an authorised agent for clients in dealing with applications for work to trees covered by Tree Preservation Order’s and within Conservation areas and regularly meet with officials of the Local Authorities to discuss the specifications.

We provide a complete service across the arboricultural Spectrum for both commercial and private clients. Our working area covers Northern England and Southern Scotland.

Our staff are all qualified and trained to a high standard. All have certificates for chainsaw use, and proficiency certificates for the specialist tasks they perform.

A brief history of the company

1982 – David Oliver returned to the North East to start up Olivers Tree Services. This was after a number of years working throughout the UK and Ireland as a subcontractor.

1989 – The business expands to having 5 operatives

1994 – OTS move yard from Hollinside to Ragpath

1997 – The business expands further to having 2 managers and 14 operatives

1998 – OTS moved yet again this time from Ragpath to Langley Park

2000 – OTS awarded SMAS accreditation

2002 – OTS became a limited company and celebrated being in business for 20 years

2002 – Ian Temperley celebrates 15 years of working at OTS

2002 – Gary Bevan celebrates 20 years of working at OTS

2003 – OTS become an Arboricultural Association approved contractor

2003 – Andrew Watson celebrates 15 years of working at OTS

2004 – Awarded Investors in People

2008 – OTS award CHAS accreditation

2015 – We went electric! started to use electric powered chainsaws to minimise our carbon footprint

2015 – Our employee Matty Hudson wins student of the year at Kirkley Hall

2018 – The business expands to having a record of 22 operatives out on site with an admin/management team of 5 people

2020 – Andy Thompson celebrates 30 years of working for OTS

2021 – Tom Carter, Clare Robinson and Ian Beck celebrate 15 years of employment at OTS

2022 – David Oliver retires from OTS after working for 40 years and the company is passed on to Andy Thompson and Steve Keene

2022 – OTS celebrate 40 years of being in business

2022 – Joseph Keogan wins the ‘Best Beginner’ award for pole climbing at The APF Show

2023 – Achieved Safe Contractor accreditation

2023 – Steve Keene celebrates 20 years of working for OTS

Other involvements in the local community –
Sponsored local Sunday morning football teams
Sponsored local Saturday morning over 40’s football team
Sponsored a roller derby team
Donated wood chippings and logs to schools and numerous community organisations
Sponsored the local beer festival
Erected the local Parish Council’s Christmas trees for the last 15 years
Former employee Liam McGough appeared on Big Brother
Donated timber to a community organisation that appeared on The Flowerpot Gang which was shown on National TV
Donated a tree to Lanchester Parish Council that was planted on the village green
Our chosen charity is PACT House
And rescued a cat from a tree and placed a baby buzzard back in its nest

History Photograph details

  1. David 1987
  2. Team Photograph 1991
  3. Team Photo 1994
  4. Team Photo 1997
  5. Team Photo 2008
  6. Team Photo 2019
  7. Steve and Andy new directors 2021
  8. Tree planting to celebrate 40 years of business 2022
  9. Montage of team photographs