Paddy Faircloth
(Tech Cert; NCH (Arb); RFS Cert. Arb; CertEd)

Paddy established the business in 2005 after an apprenticeship with a woodland consultancy firm during which he gained his practical NPTC qualifications. He went on to study at Bicton College gaining a National Certificate in Arboriculture; after which he was employed to teach the practical elements of arboriculture at the College.

He continued his professional development whilst running the firm by completing the Certification of Arboriculture accredited by the RFS and the Arboriculture Technician Certificate at Westonbirt Arboretum. He has also undertaken a course at the National School of Forestry at Newton Rigg in Woodland Management, University of Cumbria. He hopes to use his qualifications to become a tree and woodland consultant in the future.



Rich Middleton
(BA hons)

Rich completed a Geography degree at the University of Exeter. Coming from a farming background he knew he didn’t want to be indoors and always sought more rewarding practical work. He began working in arboriculture after his degree and loved the physical and technical skills needed to be a competent tree surgeon. He pursued this by setting himself up as self-employed and passing the various NPTC qualifications needed to climb with a chainsaw whilst using ropes up a tree. He has been working with Free Range Forestry since 2009 and formed a partnership with Paddy in 2011.


What Our Customers Say…

Very pleased with the work carried out to remove my dead willow tree.

Work carried out quickly and the site was left very clean and tidy afterwards.

Would not hesitate to recommend their services


I have used Free Range Forestry more than once to prune trees in our large garden and woodland. Each time Paddy and his team have completed the jobs efficiently and on time. I can truly recommended this professional and friendly bunch.


Paddy and his team have cutback our trees and bushes for the last three years. Excellent, thoughtful work. A delight to have Paddy and the boys round.