One of our specialities at Coastal Tree Care is scrub management; often for corporate clients or conservation bodies, but also for private clients in rural and suburban settings. Our team are experienced in tackling a variety of habitat types, and are trained to use a broad range of power and hand tools – whatever is most appropriate for the task.

The team is currently managing a sensitive site at Verne Common, Portland that has been used for grazing by horses for at least my lifetime, and I suspect much longer. Despite the almost continuous grazing pressure, a significant area of the field is being lost to invasive native scrub species, such as blackthorn and brambles, and alien Cotoneaster integrifolius. In this case our client, Dorset Wildlife Trust has commissioned targeted scrub management to radically deplete the scrub areas, and encourage the expansion of native limestone grasses, herbs and wild flowers, including several orchid colonies.