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Diss and Harleston based Tree Amigos' saw work helps keep the trees company

A tree surgery business is continuing to reach new heights since being founded in 2018.

The Tree Amigos, which is based in Diss and serves Norfolk and Suffolk, is the brainchild of former teacher Lewis Blackburn, who launched the company as a means of spending more time with his young family.

“I set up the business as a part-time venture alongside teaching initially and absolutely fell in love with it,” said the 28-year-old.

Lewis and Michelle Blackburn of The Tree Amigos.Mark Bullimore Photography.
Lewis and Michelle Blackburn of The Tree Amigos.Mark Bullimore Photography.

“I was working at a local school at the time when we discovered our daughter required surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, which would need ongoing follow-up care on a regular basis.

“This prompted a career change to allow for more flexibility in my working life, so that I could be there for her hospital visits.

“We were fortunate enough to become very busy, so I left teaching and took the plunge to go full time.”

Tree Amigos (43352787)
Tree Amigos (43352787)

The business is co-owned by Lewis and his wife, Michelle Blackburn, 39, with Lewis’ father, Carl, 55, helping out, too.

Since being established two years ago, the firm has been quick to take on six additional members of staff, with the team trained in all aspects of tree felling and surveying.

“My father has been in the industry for nearly 40 years,” said Lewis. “I did my initial arborist training at Easton College in 2017 and 2018 and take extra training courses each year.”

The changing seasons result in a jobs list that is always evolving, with hedge work dependant on bird nesting, fire wood cutting jobs peaking in the later months and regular contract work being carried out for organisations such as Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Norfolk County Council and a number of schools.

“I love the job, not just in terms of the flexibility it offers, but the work itself,” said Lewis.

“I’ve been an on-call firefighter for Diss and Harleston my whole adult life and have always enjoyed working at height.

“There are moments when you are swinging around anywhere up to 100ft in the air, but it is more of a thrill than nerve-racking.”

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