In September 1997, having already worked as a gardener for several years, Tom Fellows embarked on an Arboriculture course at the internationally renowned Merrist Wood College, in Guildford.

Following two action packed years of full time education and practical training at Merrist Wood, Tom ventured out into the world of commercial tree work.


Arboricultural experience

After working for several years with an array of different Sussex tree surgery firms Tom landed a job as Assistant Tree Officer at Brighton and Hove Council. Here Tom fine tuned his arboricultural knowledge and was responsible for the care and maintenance of trees (both council and privately owned) within the borough. The main duties Tom was responsible for were carrying out and planning for any new Tree Preservation Orders, assessing and processing applications for works to trees subject to Tree Preservation Orders and Conservation Areas, responding to enquries from the public regarding dangerous trees and unauthorised tree work, inspecting any new tree planting, preparing reports on tree related issues, giving advice to other council departments, such as planning and building control and providing expert consultation during public council meetings.

Tom returned to commercial tree surgery work, now working for a large Sussex based tree surgery firm where he was lucky enough to join a skilled team of arborists pruning the beautiful Elm trees that line the streets of Brighton and Hove. This is where Tom honed his tree pruning skills and learned the art of high quality crown reduction work, work that Tom and his team continue to take great pride in to this day.

Pruning a Eucalyptus in Sydney, Australia

Pruning a Eucalyptus in Sydney, Australia

Tom then spent an exciting, but hot, year climbing huge Eucalyptus trees in Australia where he encountered new arboricultural techniques and attitudes and mastered his rigging (roping and lowering) and tree dismantling skills.

Back in the UK, Tom continued his career as a commercial tree climber  until, in 2005, Tom decided it was time to set up on his own. On December 3rd 2005 Arbor Cura Tree Surgery was born; ‘Arbor Cura’ being Latin for ‘tree care’.


The company has managed to grow steadily since, and through the recession, and is now regarded as one of the most respected tree surgery companies in Sussex.

Underpinning everything we do, at Arbor Cura Tree Surgery, is a desire to achieve low environmental impact but high standards of tree work”

Dismantling (felling) a tree in Brighton

Dismantling (felling) a tree in Brighton

“We understand how painful it can be for a home owner to remove a healthy tree from their garden and this is why I came up with the Tree-Cycle scheme.

We donate a percentage of our annual profits to the Woodland Trust to help plant native trees throughout the British Isles. Native trees and shrubs are the essence of regional identity and help to preserve the character of our countryside they also provide food and shelter for a wealth of native birds, insects and animals”.

Arbor Cura continues to maintain the very high standards that Tom has always considered so fundamentally important.

“We are so proud to be regarded as a Sussex tree surgery company with a real passion for arboriculture and a genuine respect for the environment”.

Tom Fellows, Arbor Cura Tree Surgery

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