US tree care specialist branches out with Derby acquisition

A US tree and shrub care business has bought a Derbyshire counterpart and opened an office in Draycott.

Bartlett Tree Experts, which is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, has snapped up Canopy Tree Services.

Canopy Tree Services was founded by Ben Edmonds and Steve Barker in 2004 to provide tree surgery services in the Derby, Nottingham, and Leicester areas.

Edmonds, who has joined Bartlett’s new East Midlands office along with a team of six arborists, said: “Bartlett Tree Experts is a multi-generational, family business that has been a leader in the industry for 117 years and is known for its scientific approach to tree care.

“Their commitment to customer satisfaction aligns perfectly with our own values.”

Jim Ingram, president and chief operating officer of Bartlett Tree Experts, said: “We are excited to welcome the talented team from Canopy Tree Services to our new East Midlands office.

“This acquisition allows us to expand our full range of scientific tree care services while continuing to honour our commitment to exceptional safety, science, technology, and business.”

Richard Trippett, vice president of Bartlett’s operations in the UK, added: “Our acquisition of Canopy Tree Services will expand Bartlett’s scientific plant health care services for more residential and commercial property owners within the East Midlands, which will go a long way toward improving the health and beauty of their trees and landscapes.”

Following the deal, Bartlett currently operates 14 offices in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Bartlett recently announced it is developing a new 50-acre arboretum and research lab centre in Spencers Wood, a village south of Reading. The new facility, which is expected to be operational in late 2025, will serve as a research, diagnostic and educational centre for Bartlett clients and arborists in the UK and Ireland.