Who are we

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Atkinson Arb are Tree Surgeons covering the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire areas and is owned and run by James Atkinson. James has worked in the area of Arboriculture for the last 12 years since qualifying from Riseholme College in Lincoln.

Over the course of his professional career he has worked as a freelance tree surgeon for several other companies across the U.K. Often recruited to reduce or remove 'difficult' trees, he has become highly skilled and capable of undertaking any job no matter the location or the size. James's own company, Atkinson Arb, offers a wide range of services accompanied by the neccesary experience and qualifications needed to perform to the highest customer and professional standard.

All members of the team are also fully qualified and insured to give customer peace of mind and work satisfaction. Because every tree, customer and the environment is different, Atkinson Arb aims to meet the needs of the customer on an individual level. For more information, pictures and videos on the work Atkinson Arb are doing at the moment please review our gallery page or visit out Instagram page.

Areas that we cover include - Woodhall Spa, Horncastle, Market Rasen, Boston, Louth, Lincoln, and surrounding areas.

Customer Review

"Excellent service and prices. We couldn't be present at the property but were happy leaving James to crack on with the work knowing he would do a good job. Very tidy work and results. Definitely recommend. Great to see husband and wife team working together"

Our services

Tree surgeon up a tree
Customer Review

"Would highly recommend james and his team,very friendly and professional,very pleased with the work on my hedge,will definately use him again"


Two chainsaws used by Tree Surgeons
Best Tree services in Lincoln

Our existing customers have kindly left us reviews on our Google Business Page and also our Yell Business Page. Feel free to check them out. Here's a few of them below.

    "Atkinson Arb reduced a large willow tree for me. Excellent work; James and his team are skilled, friendly and knowledgeable. I will definitely keep in touch with James and use him for all future tree work. Highly recommended".

    "Sound person to deal with, well respected in the ARB community".

    "Very professional team! Did a fabulous job in tough conditions. Very hard working, reliable and cleaned up after themselves. So pleased we have immediately booked them again. We can thoroughly recommend!"

    "Excellent service. Prompt, very skilled and left the place very tidy. I will use them again and recommend them to everyone".

Feel free to contact us for a free friendly quote.


Two chainsaws used by Tree Surgeons

Tree Management

May 11 2019

Recently Atkinson Arb were involved with a large tree management...Read more

Stump Grinding

Mar 29 2019

Do you have an annoying tree stump in the way?...Read more

Fruit Tree Pruning

Mar 16 2019

Our fully trained Tree Surgeons can help prune...Read more

Qualified Tree Surgeons

Mar 1 2019

Many people advertise as tree surgeons but how can you know if they are qualified...Read more

Hedge Trimming

Feb 18 2019

We’re sure you would agree that a well-trimmed and maintained...Read more

Areas we cover

Jan 11 2019

We are Lincolnshire based Arborists & Tree Surgeons and...Read more

Disease & Pests

Jan 7 2019

Even though it’s impossible to guarantee that your trees will...Read more

Bird/Bat Box Installation

Jan 3 2019

Unfortunately, there are a lot of pressures on our native...Read more

Tree Preservation Order

Dec 31 2018

A tree preservation order (or TPO for short)..Read more

What is an Arborist?

Dec 28 2018

An arborist can be defined as a specialist...Read more

Tree Reduction

Dec 27 2018

We are experts when it comes to Tree Reduction...Read more

Tree Removal

Dec 21 2018

Tree Removal can be dangerous work and as such...Read more

Tree Management

Tree management by Atkinson ARB

Recently Atkinson Arb were involved with a large tree management scheme in the Grimsby/Louth area. The first phase was managing a number of large mature trees next to a very busy main road, in total 24 trees.

It was a privilege to work for a client and tree report company that expect the very highest standards. Each cut and tree inspected at every stage throughout the process.

We are looking forward to the next phase of the project.

Areas we cover

We cover the following areas (and surrounding) Woodhall Spa | Horncastle | Market Rasen | Louth | Boston | Lincoln.

Stump Grinding

Are you looking to lay a new lawn or put up a fence and there’s a tree stump in the way? We specialise in the removal of tree stumps.

We wouldn’t advise you attempt this yourself as the roots of the stump go quite deep and can be very difficult to remove. Choose Atkinson ARB to help you with the removal of those pesky tree stumps.

When can I remove the Tree Stump?

You can ask us to remove the tree stump immediately after Tree removal or at any other time that is convenient for you.

We use Stump grinders which will grind out the main root plate. This leaves a fine sawdust. Stump grinders are very dangerous tools and as such we recommend that you hire one of our trained arborists to do the work for you.

Not only do we offer stump grinding, we also offer many other services such as Tree Removal, Fruit Tree Pruning, Site Clearance and much more.

Feel free to visit our contact page should you wish to ask any questions.

Areas we cover

We cover the following areas (and surrounding) Woodhall Spa | Horncastle | Market Rasen | Louth | Boston | Lincoln.

Fruit Tree Pruning

Apple & Pear trees are best pruned in winter between the months of November & March. Pruning trees makes them more productive and should be done when the time is ready. Leaving it will reduce the produce that the tree supplies.

Pruning your fruit trees can be done when the branches are formed and even when the tree is young. Atkinson ARB have fully qualified arborists and tree surgeons ready to help you get your fruit trees pruned.

Can I hire anyone to fulfil this work?

Absolutely not! This work needs to be carried out by fully trained tree surgeons and arborists. You may find people advertising themselves as tree surgeons but it’s always good to check that they have undertaken the relevant training. It takes a lot of hard work and study to become a fully trained arborist.

What areas do you cover?

We cover areas such as Woodhall Spa, Lincoln, Horncastle, Boston, Market Rasen and surrounding areas.

What other services do you provide?

At Atkinson Arb, our skills are not just limited to Tree removal or pruning. We are fully qualified and trained in identifying diseases and pests, hedge trimming, TPO Submission work, Garden Clearance, Bird/Bat Box installation and much more.

If you have a fruit tree that needs attending to, please do not hesitate contact a member of our friendly team.

For a full list of services, please look at our services page.

Who do I choose?

You may find that when searching online or on social media, there are many people who offer services like Tree Cutting, Hedge Cutting, Tree Removal, Tree Surgery etc however, how do you know that you are picking a professional. Social media offers many benefits, but it also gives anyone the chance to advertise services without being qualified.

Here’s a few things to bear in mind when searching for a Tree Surgeon.

  • Are they insured?
  • Do they work to British Standard?
  • What qualifications do they have?
  • Will they provide a written quotation?
  • Can they provide referees from previous work?

These questions are extremely vital when looking for someone to carry out some tree work as it’s very specialist work. Qualified Arborists and Tree Surgeons spend an incredible amount of time to gain the necessary qualifications and reach the highest standards laid out by these professional bodies.

For these reasons tree work should only be undertaken by well-trained, competent arborists experienced in the type of work being undertaken, e.g. tree pruning/tree removal.

When it comes to Atkinson ARB, we are fully confident that we can answer positively to the questions above.

  • We are insured to up to £5,000,000
  • We are NPTC Qualified
  • We hold national diplomas in Forestry and Arboriculture
  • More than happy to provide a written quotation
  • Check out our reviews on Yell & Google. We can supply referees for work done.

We offer many more services than the ones mentioned in this article, they can be found in our services section. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. Alternative you can contact us through our Facebook page.

Areas we cover include:

Woodhall Spa | Horncastle | Market Rasen | Boston | Louth | Lincoln

Hedge Trimming

example of Hedge Trimming

We’re sure you would agree that a well-trimmed and maintained Hedge is a wonderful site to see. It really makes a home look a lot more inviting and tidier. Even though we mainly provide Tree Surgery services, we also offer Hedge Trimming/Removals. A full list of our services can be found at our services page.

When should I have my hedges cut?

Let’s take Yew for example – August/September is the best time to trim this type of hedge. This type of hedge should be trimmed at the very least once a year.

Leyland Cypress – This type of hedge is extremely fast growing and needs trimming at least three times a year. Best times to get this done is April, July and then August.

Laurel Hedges – As with other hedges around July and August time is the best time to get this hedge trimmed.

Contact Us

As Atkinson ARB are so popular around the Lincolnshire area, now is the best time to contact the team to book an appointment to get your hedges trimmed. We are experts in Tree Surgery and all things Arboriculture.

In fact, just recently, we have just been awarded a Top 3 Award for Tree Surgeons in Lincolnshire for our outstanding quality of service and price. Here’s some more information on our Facebook page. Make sure to give us a like when you visit.

If there is anything else that you require, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Areas we cover include:

Woodhall Spa | Horncastle | Market Rasen | Boston | Louth | Lincoln

Areas we cover

Atkinson ARB are Lincolnshire based Arborists & Tree Surgeons providing professional, high quality work all over the county. However, to give you a breakdown on some of the areas we cover, here’s a list.

  • Woodhall Spa
  • Horncastle
  • Louth
  • Market Rasen
  • Boston
  • Lincoln

Woodhall Spa

Woodhall Spa is a very picturesque village pretty much in the middle of Boston and Lincoln. With a very active community and beautiful woodlands, Woodhall Spa certainly is a very pleasurable place to work in. If you live in Woodhall Spa or the surrounding areas, please feel free to contact our dedicated and friendly team.


Known for its many antique shops, this very peaceful, market town is a busy location for us to work in. Horncastle is about 17 miles east of Lincoln. Again, Atkinson ARB provide Tree Surgery services in and around Horncastle, so don’t hesitate to contact us should you require anything.


If you live in Louth or the surrounding areas, please don’t hesitate to contact us for our services. Some our services include hedge cutting, stump grinding, tree removal, bird/bat box installation and many more. Feel free to look at a full list of our services. A beautiful market town like Louth deserves to continue to look welcoming to new and existing visitors.

Market Rasen

Home to about 4000 residents and known for its race course, like the other areas above, is a frequent place for us for our Arboricultural work. Whether you would like us to prune your trees, use us to diagnose tree related disease or pests, Atkinson ARB are more than happy to help you.


Probably one of the most notable landmarks in Boston is the “stump”. Speaking of stumps, we offer all of our services in Boston and around so if you have any tricky trees, trees blocking natural light coming into your home or you require some garden maintenance, Atkinson ARB is the right choice for you. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Please feel free to contact us through the form on our website and one of our friendly team will be in contact shortly.


Out of all the areas we cover Lincoln is probably the largest. Surrounding areas such as Nettleham, Cherry Willingham, Sudbrooke and Bardney, our services are used regularly. Services that have been used in these areas recently include Tree Removal, Tree Reductions, Disease and Pest Identification and the installation of Bird and Bat boxes. All of our services are available to you so please feel free to contact us for your needs and our friendly team will be back in touch shortly.

Areas we cover include:

Woodhall Spa | Horncastle | Market Rasen | Boston | Louth | Lincoln

Disease & Pests

Even though it’s impossible to guarantee that your trees will never suffer with disease and pests, there are some things that can be done to prevent it and protect your trees going forward.

What are some of the diseases?

Here are just a few examples of diseases that trees can suffer from. Making sure you hire a fully qualified arborist will certainly help.

  • Ash dieback – This disease affects Ash trees and is caused by a fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. It usually causes leaf loss and bark lesions. Ash trees have different variants, typically an Ash tree would start to flush between April & May. However, if your Ash tree doesn’t flush at this time, it doesn’t mean that your tree is suffering. However, if your Ash tree still isn’t in full leaf, you may have a problem.

  • example of Ash Dieback
  • Honey Fungus – Also known as Armillaria mellea, this group of fungi attack the roots of the tree. Signs include tips of the branches falling away, cracking/bleeding bark and poor foliage.

  • example of Honey Fungus
  • Dutch Elm Disease – This disease starts to occur in early summer and you may notice some of the leaves turning yellow and wilting. Dutch Elm Disease affects all major elm species. It has killed approximately 60 million elms from two major epidemics.

  • example of Dutch Elm Disease

    Making sure that trees stay healthy and well maintained is our pride and passion. As Tree Surgeons & Arborists, we can certainly help you when it comes to caring for your trees.

    Are you concerned about the health of your trees? If so, please feel free to contact us. We are experts when it comes to anything related with Tree Surgery and Arboriculture. Contact our friendly team who will be happy to help.

    We cover most of these areas and surrounding;

    Woodhall Spa, Horncastle, Tattershall, Stixwould, Benniworth, Market Rasen, Boston, Lincoln and Louth.

Bird & Bat Boxes

Here is an example of a bat box (first image) and bird box (second) installation on a commercial site.

Bat box installed by Atkinson ARB Bird box installed by Atkinson ARB

We were asked to tender for the installation of 5 bird boxes and 5 bat boxes on a development site in Chesterfield which we won. This site had a number of very sensitive trees in close proximity to the new dwellings.

As part of the planning restrictions a number of trees had to be left in good health with a number of bird and bat boxes installed in the correct areas as both were present on the land prior to the development.

We also were able to carry out a crown lift and removal of dangerous dead wood on a number of trees in accordance with the local councils directions. Both the client and council were extremely happy with the results.

Why have a bird or bat box?

Unfortunately, there are a lot of pressures on our native wildlife. New build houses for example are often unsuitable or impossible for birds and bats to nest/roost, which means that opportunities are reducing for many species.

If we were to look at this from a human perspective, it is the equivalent of a housing shortage where the demand is much higher than what’s being supplied. By doing something as simple as using Atkinson ARB to install a bird/bat box, you will be providing invaluable support to local wildlife.

Other services we provide are Tree removals, Hedge Cutting, Tree Pruning and more. In fact, have a look at our services page for a full list of what services Atkinson ARB can provide for you.

We really do look forward to hearing from you so feel free to contact us should you require anything else.

Areas we cover include:

Woodhall Spa | Horncastle | Market Rasen | Boston | Louth | Lincoln

TPO Form Submission

A tree preservation order (or TPO for short) is a request made to your local council to protect specific trees or a group of trees from deliberate damage and harm.

When we submit a TPO form, this will protect the tree or trees from the following;

  • Felling
  • Lopping
  • Topping
  • Uprooting

Or anything that can damage or destroy the tree(s) without the permission of the local planning authority.

As qualified arborists and tree surgeons, Atkinson ARB fully understand how to request and submit all relevant TPO submission forms.

We submit a TPO form to work on trees that the council have chosen to be of particular importance to the area. It is an offence to work on these individual & important trees without submitting a TPO form explaining what we would like to do to the tree and why the work needs to take place.

This is to stop either the home owner or tree sugery company unecessarily damaging or even removing important trees. We also submit a form to work on trees in a conservation area.

If you live in a conservation area such as the Lincolnshire Wolds and would like work doing to your trees, the same principle applies - a TPO form will need submitting.

If you have ever wondered what an Arborist does in more detail, please feel free to read our previous post.

We thank you for taking the time to visit us today. Please feel free to contact us for a free & friendly quote. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Areas we cover include:

Woodhall Spa | Horncastle | Market Rasen | Boston | Louth | Lincoln

What is an Arborist?

An arborist can be defined as "a specialist in the cultivation and care of trees and shrubs, including tree surgery, the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of tree diseases, and the control of pests".

When it comes to the care of your trees, you want to make sure that you have a fully qualified arborist. Unfortunately, there are companies out there who advertise themselves as tree surgeons or arborists but are not qualified.

However, when it comes to Atkinson ARB, rest assured that we are NPTC qualified and hold national diplomas in forestry and arboriculture.

As the definition of an arborist states, this is very specialist work so make sure you hire the right people.

We look forward to hearing from you soon so please feel free to contact us should you require anything.

If you haven’t done so already, have a look at some of the services we provide.

Areas we cover include:

Woodhall Spa | Horncastle | Market Rasen | Boston | Louth | Lincoln

Tree Reduction

Tree suregon reducing a tree

We are experts when it comes to Tree Reduction. But why would your trees need reducing?

There are many reasons why trees might need reducing/pruning. These reasons could include;

  • Improving the structure of the tree
  • To remove dangerous or defective branches
  • The reduction of shading
  • The reduction of wind loading
  • To provide clearance between the tree and a structure

Care must be taken however, as removing larger branches can lead to disease entering the tree via the wound/s left behind or reduce the vitality of the tree due to the excessive volume of leaf bearing material being removed.

Before any tree reduction is arranged, there are some questions you may need to consider?

  • What will be the result of removing the branches?
  • Will it leave a large wound?
  • Will it remove a large area of leaf bearing material?
  • Will it leave the tree open to an increased risk of disease?

If the questions above can be answered with a “No” then the reducing of the tree can proceed.

It is very important to realise however, that the reducing of tree branches can be a dangerous process and the safest option, particularly if the branch cannot be reached from the ground, is to employ a suitable trained and insured arborist.

Atkinson ARB are suitable and trained arborists and we are really looking forward to hearing from you. Please contact us for a free & friendly quote.

Don't forget to have a look at our other blog posts.

Areas we cover include:

Woodhall Spa | Horncastle | Market Rasen | Boston | Louth | Lincoln

Tree Removal

Forest full of trees

Tree Removal can be dangerous work and as such, we at Atkinson ARB take it very seriously, adhering to all Health & Safety protocols, using the latest and best equipment available for Tree Surgery.

As Tree Surgeons, Atkinson ARB undertake all forms of tree removal ranging from Woodland Clearances to Controlled Removals.

Whether it’s straight-forward or complex, we can get the job done. In fact, look at this video to see some of the Tree Removal work we have done and continue to do on a weekly basis.

As you can see nothing is too big or small for Atkinson ARB. Whether there are wires in the way or any other obstacles, we can remove trees in a safe and effective manner. This includes dead and hazardous trees needing urgent attention 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

We really do look forward to working with you. Feel free to contact us for a free & friendly quote.

Areas we cover include:

Woodhall Spa | Horncastle | Market Rasen | Boston | Louth | Lincoln