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Who we are: John Handy, the proprietor, started in forestry as a holiday job in 1968. After university and a forestry course in 1975 at the National School of Forestry in Cumbria, he worked for a forestry company in Reading. After a spell away from the industry he started his own business in 1985 with a couple of old chainsaws, an old climbing harness, a spade and a Triumph Dolomite.

In 2009 the business moved from a rented barn and an office in the front hall at home into its own premises with a workshop and office, designed and purpose-built by themselves and a small engineering firm who happened to be based across the road.

During this time the company was also working towards the industry’s highest status of becoming ‘Approved Contractors’ under the scheme run by the national professional body, the Arboricultural Association. In 2009 it became one of only about 150 arboricultural companies out of tens of thousands to have achieved this status. (See below ‘Accreditations and professional associations’)


The company is based just outside Newbury and generally work within about a 50 mile radius of Newbury. This takes in most of Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Hampshire but often going further afield for larger contracts.

The company has taken on jobs abroad, including a number of visits to work on the trees in the grounds of a castle near Salzburg.


Anyone who owns a tree – private householders with one small tree, multi-tree commercial properties, building companies, local authorities, schools, estates, farms, churches etc.

Because John Handy has been working in forestry for over 40 years he has built up a wide ranging and loyal client base, a number of whom date back to when he worked as a student in his spare time back in the last century.


Almost anything to do with trees and hedges, from planting seedlings to creating woodlands and hedges to dismantling big old dangerous specimens etc.


Health & Safety

JPH has a full health and safety policy which is reviewed annually as an internal exercise and audited two yearly by the Arboricultural Association. The H&S policy and practices are accepted under the CHAS accreditation (Contractor Health and Safety scheme) and the Government’s TrustMark scheme (see below).

Every job we undertake is accompanied by a simple site specific risk assessment and method statement (RAMS). For larger jobs on difficult sites, or where the client specifically requests it, a full RAMS is prepared and provided.


The company is fully covered by insurance, with Public and Product Liability of £5m as well as professional indemnity .

A copy of our insurance certificate is available for client on request.