• John using the Picus 3 to investigate a Field Maple Tree

Qualifications and Experience


John Harraway holds the Diploma in Arboriculture (Royal Forestry Society), is a Fellow of the Arboricultural Association and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). He is also a Registered Consultant with the ICF.

He began in the industry as a climbing arborist for Brighton Parks before working abroad in Holland and Denmark for a number of years. He was a Lecturer in Arboriculture at Capel Manor College in Enfield and became one of the first trainers in the UK to offer assessment in UK scheme of certification for professional chainsaw users.

Career highlights include working for six years on Dutch Elm Control in the Brighton area and becoming the first owner and user of the Picus sonic tomography unit in 2003. Decay detection has become a particular specialism of the company since that time and John has personally carried out some 3,000 decay evaluations using the equipment. He now offers advice and specialist training to other users of the instrument across the UK and abroad, as far as New Zealand.

Email: John Harraway T: 01903 756153 / 07831 651090