Acme: noun

“The point at which something is at its best or most highly developed”
“The best or most perfect thing that can exist or be achieved”

The acme of something is its highest point of achievement or excellence.


The cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. The science of arboriculture studies how these plants grow and respond to cultural practices and to their environment. The practice of arboriculture includes cultural techniques such as selection, planting, training, fertilization, pest and pathogen control, pruning, shaping, and removal.

Geoff Walsh has run Acme Tree Surgery as a sole trader and climbing arborist since 2009. He became a ISA Certified Arborist in 2010 and has maintained the qualification since then.

More recently in 2015,

Acme Tree Surgery became Acme Arb. Ltd in part to reflect the modern approach to professional tree care that had been adopted.

The name change coincided with the achievement of becoming Arboricultural Association Approved Contractors for the first time the same year. This is a huge accolade for any tree surgery company. Becoming an “AAAC” takes a great deal of skill, experience, knowledge, attention to detail and determination to achieve and maintain the accreditation.

Acme Arb Ltd set up the first ISA Certified Arborist training course in Sheffield in conjunction with the training school; Treelife Ltd. We are proud to promote this qualification as a benchmark for all of our climbing arborists to achieve.

We have focused on establishing a fantastic, highly trained team of professionals. Our arborists, management & administrative team, consultants and timber management are the best in their field to ensure we continue to meet our high standards of delivery

Sounds expensive? We’re not.

We keep our costs as low as possible through (ruthless) efficiency, modern climbing and timber-processing techniques and a high level of skill and knowledge throughout the team so our prices compare fairly with our professional competitors as well as the army of un-qualified “tree toppers” out there.

We don’t claim to have reached the “acme” of our profession but we do promise that this is the foundation of our decision-making process.

Local Business Climbing To New Heights

With the merging of Acme Tree Surgery and Swift Trees, Acme Arb was born. In the same year they became Arboricultural Association Approved Contractors. This is a huge accolade for any tree surgery company. Becoming an Arb approved contractor is comparable to becoming an Olympic gold medallist! It takes a great deal of knowledge, effort, skill, determination and absolute will to achieve and maintain this accreditation.

What’s the benefit of an Arb Approved contractor?

Using an Arb Association Approved Contractor brings peace of mind that your job will be carried out by a company that has undergone a rigorous examination of everything from quality of work to office procedures, health and safety to continual professional development. For our customers, it means that Acme Arb have been approved by the nation’s largest and most respected, representative arboricultural body, which brings security to tree owners and managers in an industry renowned for more than its fair share of unscrupulous contractors. Along with this and our TrustMark and Which? accreditations, clients can be safe in the knowledge that a professional and knowledgeable service will always be delivered.

For more information on our qualifications and certification visit our Accreditations page

Sheffield’s trees!

One of the most common misconception of tree surgeons is that people think they’re solely focussed on cutting down trees. All this training and research allows Acme Arbs tree surgeons to offer the best advice in aid of the trees development. With the current issue of what’s happening for the trees of Sheffield, we’ve launched a poll on our website to gauge public knowledge and feeling. It would be great to know your thoughts.


Green initiative

The launch of their our website (which you’ve obviously already found!) shows the emphasis of Acme Arb’s green initiative, with all woodchip re-cycled as bio-mass for greener electricity generation and logs processed for firewood to be used locally.

We encourage biking to work and use low fuel use options for our vehicles wherever practical. We have also begun to use battery powered saws and “Aspen fuel” where batteries aren’t sufficient .

Acme Arb is committed to protecting the natural environment; trying to have as little impact as possible on the surrounding landscape and minimise disturbance to wildlife and their habitat. Even rescuing cats from trees isn’t out of our remit and is quite often a called upon service! (Please note: they usually come down on their own when they get hungry!)

With all these new elements in place at Acme Arb, they are now 100% focussed on client’s needs, backing this up with the knowledge and ongoing training expected of an arb approved company.


Majka & Veronica, our youngest tree surgeons in training


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