Arbor Vitae, or Tree of Life, was formed in 1978 and from the beginning set out to bring ecological principles into the management of farmland and forests.


About Us

Whilst being firmly committed to environmental sustainability, the challenge is to balance the needs of nature, people and business. We work with landowners, householders, public bodies and businesses to help them achieve this balance in a sensitive and pragmatic way.

Will Prestwood founded Arbor Vitae and is our Senior Consultant. He is trained in farmland ecology, forest management, birds and mammals. Will has worked for the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England and was editor of The Ecological Flora of the Shropshire Region. He runs a mixed farm in Staffordshire which breeds pedigree South Devon cattle and was awarded the Whitegrove Trophy for Farm Conservation in Staffordshire.

Dave Simpson oversees the maintenance of various estates which we manage and has been with Arbor Vitae for over 20 years. Dave is also responsible for woodland planting and management as well as a large portion of our contracting services.

Pip Stirling is a licenced Ecologist with a particular interest in bats and hazel dormice. Now an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Pip studied for a Masters Degree in Wildlife Conservation and UAV Technology. She provides advice on a range of ecological topics and also handles day-to-day survey work.

Lucy keeps our books in order and runs the accounting for the business.

We have close working relationships with a number of professionals and specialists in similar fields and enjoy collaborative projects.

Poppies at Lower Betton

Poppies at Lower Betton


Ecology and Wildlife


Agri-Environment Schemes

Gregynog Woodland

Forestry and Woodland Management

Bat Survey