Our Expertise
Hayden’s consists of a dedicated team of professionals, all of whom are passionate about their respective disciplines. Our team of consultants, CAD experts and administrative staff all work together to provide the highest levels of service to our clients. Our mission is to improve the quality of the built and natural environment, inspiring enthusiasm and passion for trees in others.


Stephen Hayden

Stephen is a highly motivated and successful arboriculturalist with over 26 years experience within the industry, working within local planning authorities, The United Nations Global Environment Facility and as a contractor prior to starting Hayden’s Arboricultural Consultants in 1996. He has developed the company to become a nationally renowned practice producing timely, precise and clear advice on all matters relating to trees. This is delivered by a highly experienced, motivated, creative and professional team, small enough to ensure personal attention to detail and yet large and flexible enough to offer a comprehensive package for the biggest of projects. Contact Stephen directly: Stephen@treesurveys.co.uk or +44 (0)1284 765391.

David Carmichael

David has a background in both forestry and arboriculture and manages the day to day survey and inspection programme. As Practice Manager, he is responsible for ensuring clients receive solutions in a timely and accessible format, that are fully informed, innovative and meet our nationally renowned exacting standards of clarity and precision. David also undertakes his own caseload of projects including on-site inspections, reports and appeals. He spent over twenty years working as an arboriculturalist in local government dealing with both tree care and planning issues. He is a twice past chairman of the East Anglian Tree and Landscape Officers Group and is nationally recognised for his specialist knowledge in arboricultural health and safety inspection methodologies. Contact David directly: David@treesurveys.co.uk or +44 (0)1284 765391.

Nick Hayden

Nick is an accomplished Arboriculturalist who has worked in both the Arboricultural and Forestry Sector. Nick has worked for the Forestry Commission and for Local Planning Authorities in the South West as a Principal Arboricultural Officer. He studied at Aberdeen University and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and specialised in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry during his final year. He was the Principal Arboricultural Officer at East Dorset District Council where he ensured that a high standard of development in relation to trees was achieved. Nick was also responsible for the development and implementation of East Dorset’s defendable Tree Risk Management System and the Council’s Tree Policy. Nick managed and oversaw the successful amalgamation of East Dorset and Christchurch Council’s Tree teams prior to leaving in 2014, following which he joined Hayden’s Arboricultural Consultants Limited to establish a South West Office based in Salisbury. Contact Nick at Nick@treesurveys.co.uk 

Arboricultural Team

In addition to Stephen, David and Nick, Hayden’s have six consulting arboriculturalists who work alongside architects, planners, engineers and ecologists, providing expert arboricultural advice and services to a range of clients. They have experience of undertaking field based surveys and producing reports in accordance with BS5837. They have exceptional skills including the interpretation of topographic survey data, the production of Arboricultural Implication Assessments and Preliminary Arboricultural Method Statements and a thorough understanding and application of Visual Tree Assessment principles.

Johanna Seymour Tavernor MCI Hort

Jo provides specialist horticultural expertise to Hayden’s landscaping projects. She is responsible for creating relevant, well designed planting schemes for new developments that comprehensively fulfil the client’s brief. Using her extensive experience of delivering ground maintenance projects on site she also gives expert horticultural advice and recommendations to a wide variety of clients’ landscaping issues.

Jo spent over 30 years in local government during which time she has worked closely with in house Landscape Architects to provide a full complementary horticultural design service as well as managed the grounds maintenance service through a variety of providers.  She led her ground maintenance team to success in Anglia in Bloom in both 2000 and 2013 when they were awarded the prestigious Best Open Space Award for Belle Vue Park, Sudbury.  Jo has also been a judge for Anglia in Bloom in 2003 and 2005, has a Higher National Diploma in Amenity Horticulture and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.

CAD Team

Our three dedicated Computer Aided Design Technicians are an integral part of the Hayden's team and are essential to the provision of clear and concise reports and plans. Having been with Hayden's for a number of years they are all extremely knowledgeable about the bespoke  needs of our clients and are happy to discuss the plans and associated implications of development of the trees as part of Hayden's team. Their ability to produce such clear and precise drawings at an early stage of the project allows for quick communication of the implications of development on existing tree and provide invaluable information guiding the design and layout of prospective development. We are also able to produce extremely accurate shade analysis data and drawings to support planning applications where trees and shading are an apparent issue. For further information contact the team at CAD@Treesurveys.co.uk

Admin Team

The Administration team are at the heart of everything that Hayden’s do. They deliver thorough and detailed office services to ensure that projects run to time and client requests are fulfilled to the highest standards. This is achieved by constant liaison with the arboriculturalists and CAD colleagues, constantly monitoring work progress and providing business support services as the complexity of the project demands. Rachel and her team are always on hand to offer information and assistance, ensuring that Hayden’s continues to be the preferred arboricultural consultant to its clients.