Old Oak Tree Care is owned by David Bailey BSc(hons), M.Arbor.A, cert. Arb. (RFS). who formed the company in 2004 after spending considerable time studying for the Royal Forestry Society’s Certificate of Arboriculture. The company established itself well and soon began making contact with new markets and others engaged in the industry.
In 2005, enrolling on the Foundation Degree in Arboriculture at Myerscough College eventually brought an FdSc in Arboriculture at merit level.
David Bailey joined the Arboricultural Association in 2008 as a Professional member gaining the title M.Arbor.A.
A FdSc in Arboriculture and the M.Arbor.A opened up new areas of the business, namely consultancy, at both a private and corporate level.
I returned to Myerscough College to complete a full BSc(hons) degree. My dissertation looked at Alder Phytophthora disease and possible factors that might increase the occurance of the disease.
The gaining of a full honours degree at a level of 2:1 in Arboricuture, has created new oppertunites to engage in consultancy work in the upper echelons of the industry.
Despite all the letters behind my name, I am most happy to carry out practical tree surgery work, often in difficult circumstances, for the fact that this provides just as much learning as does a degree course. It is my belief that practical work, together with the academic know how, will create the best Arboriculturists. This is what I am aiming for.
Old Oak Tree Care has been registered as 'compliant' by the Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS) and is an approved contractor of Shropshire Council.
Studying part time while engaged in the practical side of the business has brought a rich diversity of learning and experience. It has also brought many excellent contacts within the industry, increasing the range and depth of knowledge available to the company.
The standard contracting team usually consists of four highly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable staff including the owner. Between them, they have over 30 years of experience in tree work giving an excellent grounding for a job well done.
Staff numbers, depending on the job, can range from just one to five, however the owner is always on site working in the team to make sure the job is done efficiently, correctly and safely.