Tree & Shrub Pruning / Removal • Arborist reports • Tree Protection Plans • Permit Applications

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About Us

My name is Chris Brown and I am the owner and operator of Higher Place Tree Care. I am an ISA Certified arborist and tree worker (ON 1285-AT) and I have been working in the field of Arboriculture since 2004. I started my career in residential tree care and have since worked in a variety of roles including: municipal tree care for several GTA municipalities, hydro line clearing, and tree protection by-law administration.

I am dedicated to tree care, education and building relationships with people. My extensive and varied experience helped me realize that my passion lies in residential and commercial tree care. The urban tree canopy is a community asset and much of this canopy is located on private land. By helping individual property owners to preserve and enhance the trees on their property there is a net benefit to the entire community, which is why I find this aspect of tree care so rewarding.

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Accountability

We do what we say we will do. If we make an error we own it. We will never attempt to hide anything from our clients. We honour our estimates and complete all work as agreed upon.

Honesty

We treat you how we would want to be treated. We give you an honest assessment and provide you with the best possible options for your trees and shrubs. We will never attempt to sell you any unnecessary services.

Professionalism

All of our work is done in accordance with applicable safety and arboricultural standards. We take the utmost care with your property and that of your neighbours. We are courteous and respectful at all times. We will always keep you informed.

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Services

Tree and
Shrub Pruning

Trees and shrubs require pruning for a variety of reasons. Small ornamental trees and shrubs are often pruned for esthetics while mature trees are typically pruned for structural integrity and safety. Depending on the age, size, species, condition and location of your trees and shrubs, the prescribed pruning can vary greatly.

Sometimes pruning should be avoided for certain species at certain times of the year. Knowing when, what and how much to prune can make the difference between a healthy, vigorous tree and a diseased and declining one.

Tree and
Shrub Removal

Trees in the urban environment sometimes need to be removed. While we do our best to preserve as many trees as possible, sometimes the best option is removal. Diseases, storm damage, construction and structural defects are all valid reasons why a tree might need to be removed.

Tree removal can be very technical and challenging depending on the location, size, and condition of the tree being removed. We use the proper tools and equipment to ensure all tree removals are done safely and efficiently. We also carry 2 million dollars in liability insurance for your peace of mind.

Arborist reports, Tree Protection Plans & Permit Applications

Most GTA municipalities have passed by-laws that regulate the injury and/or destruction of trees located on private property. The requirement for a permit to remove trees on private land is determined by the diameter of the tree in question and varies according to which municipality the property is located in.

The permit application process can be daunting and onerous for property owners. Working with an arborist who knows the requirements of municipalities minimizes delays in processing. Chris has worked for the municipalities of Oakville, Toronto, and Vaughan administering their various tree by-laws and knows exactly what is required to get applications processed as quickly and smoothly as possible.

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Why Hire Us?

When you call Higher Place Tree Care, you are really calling Chris. You are not calling a large company where you speak to a different person each time and a different person comes to do your tree work. You retain Higher Place when you want to build a personal, professional relationship with an expert in the field. I personally undertake all of the work agreed upon.

Unlike municipalities and power companies, many property owners are unaware of what to look for when retaining an arborist and unfortunately Arborists are not regulated in the same way as trades such as electricians and plumbers. This means there are many people out there calling themselves arborists who have no formal training or education and do not know best practices for caring for trees and shrubs. Hiring someone who isn’t adequately educated and trained can result in irreparable damage to not only your trees and shrubs but also your property. More importantly, this work is inherently dangerous and workers without the proper training and education are far more likely to be injured or killed on the job.

This is why you call me. When I pursued a career as an arborist I chose to seek out and attain all of the available, pertinent qualifications in the field and apprentice under and associate with arborists who share this attitude. I continue to seek out training and education opportunities, as this field is constantly evolving and staying current is vital to providing the best possible service for my clients. Below is a list of the qualifications that I currently hold.

ISA Certified Arborist and Tree Worker ON 1285-AT

Ontario Qualified Arborist (444-A)

Ontario Qualified Utility Arborist (444-B)

ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor (TRAQ)

Completion of Humber College Arborist Apprenticeship Program

MLEOA (Municipal Law Enforcement Officer’s Association) By-law foundations training

0-8 Tonne Crane Operator Certificate

Arboriculture Canada Qualified Tree Appraiser

Butternut Health Assessor

Valid First Aid and CPR Training

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Contact Chris today to arrange a free, no obligation consultation and estimate for any tree and shrub services you require.