ABOUT US

IAN BARNES

Ian has worked in the Horticultural and Arboricultural Industry since the mid 80’s. Since starting in Commercial Horticulture, Ian has had a wide range of experience in both food and plant production, garden design, landscape and woodland establishment, landscape maintenance and landscape management.

Since 1995 Ian has worked as senior partner in Barnes Associates concentrating on the management of trees both within the landscape and on construction sites. This has provided Ian with a very wide ranging experience of managing and improving trees, risk assessment and in particular the management of aging or declining trees and finding ways to positively manage problematic trees and finding ways to extend the safe life of trees.

Ian set up and runs Tree Diagnostics Ltd,in 2016 in response to his addiction to better understand and quantify how trees not only stand up, but how they can adapt to defects and how these really affect a trees safety. Ian is trained in both ‘Sonic’ and ‘Electrical Resistance’ Tomography in addition to ‘Thermal Imaging’ as an aid to detecting defects in trees .He provides training on Fakopp Tree Investigation equipment in the UK.

Ian is a Registered Consultant with the Arboricultural Association (RCArborA), additionally he is a Chartered Horticulturalist (C Hort) , Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). Ian is a board member of the Consulting Arborist Society (CAS) and is passionate about helping other Arborist’s to progress their professional career. Ian is also committee member of the Institute of Horticulture (northern branch).

He is a fellow of the Arboricultural Association and professional member of the Consulting Arborist Society. He has qualifications in Tree Risk Assessments (ISA TRAQ) and a Licensed user of QTRA.

Ian Barnes  RCArborA,C Hort,CEnv, F.Arbor.A

SUE BARNES

Sue is an experienced horticulturalist, initially trained in amenity horticulture, then arboriculture, in a parks department and has worked in commercial hardy nursery stock, and been a head gardener for a Health Authority . She was a partner in a tree surgery and landscape design and build company for 15 years at its peak having 15 staff. She has been in horticulture / arboriculture since 1985.

Since 2007 she has worked full time as senior partner then director for Barnes Associates Ltd concentrating on the landscape consultancy elements of the business, although she is still actively involved in arboricultural consultancy. In 2016 she became involved with Tree Diagnostics ltd on an advisory basis.

Sue is a Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI), as well as a Chartered Horticulturalist (C.Hort)and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), a registered designer of BALI and Fellow of the Arboricultural Association (F.Arbor.A).

She is  actively involved in the consulting arborist society, (board member) and committee member of the institute of horticulture (northern branch), and is a affiliated member of RIBA.

She loves to inspire the next generation into arboriculture, horticulture, and landscape architecture. She supports the work of  women in arboriculture  group and encourages all to enter the world of ‘green’ careers.

She is married with three children, one is a radiographer (scans people not trees!), and two are young arborists. 

Sue Barnes  CMLI, F.Arbor.A, CEnv, C.Hort, MBALI

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