Stamford firm Woodcraft Tree Services retain title at Corporate Live Wire Prestige Awards

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Stamford firm Woodcraft Tree Services retain title at Corporate Live Wire Prestige Awards

A Stamford-based team of tree specialists have proved a cut above after winning a regional award for the second year running.

Woodcraft Tree Services have won the Tree Specialist of the Year title for the East Midlands in the Corporate Live Wire Prestige Awards.

The business was established 10 years ago when founder Brett Redshaw decided to turn a new leaf in his career.

The Woodcraft team have been named the region’s top tree specialists for the second year running

“I did an astrophysics degree at university so my background is in that, but so much of physics these days is computer-based,” he said.

“I didn’t want to sit in front of a computer all day so I did chainsaw and climbing courses and went to work for someone else.

“Then I set up my own company and started doing all the theory and the arboriculture.

The team at Woodcraft Tree Services holding last year's awardThe team at Woodcraft Tree Services holding last year’s award

“To do tree surgery properly there is an awful lot you need to know about the physiology of the different kinds of trees – they are living things.

“It’s not just cutting things down with a chainsaw.”

An initial team of two has grown to eight – and there has been plenty of work to go around after a string of fierce winter storms.

Grace and Dom section down some birch treesGrace and Dom section down some birch trees

They have even had to turn away work brought about by Storm Eunice.

“When the big storm came through before Christmas and took so many trees down, it had a big knock-on effect on our workload,” Brett explained.

“This time we only took on emergency work where there was a risk to life or risk to property because we are fully booked until the end of April and it would have put us way behind again.”

Woodcraft were among the Prestige Award winners named this month and the prizes will be handed out at a big ceremony in March.

“It’s nice to get the recognition because it’s about the whole team,” Brett added.

“It’s down to the staff and the level of professionalism we look to give.

“From me arriving first on site to the guys who turn up and do the work, right through to the sweeping up at the end.”