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Arbor Care sets high standards in tree care – from planting to removal.

Still managed by its founder, John Meehan, this former one-man-band now employs over 20 highly skilled staff with over half of these being experienced arborists. Arbor Care also has a fully-equipped fleet of modern trucks and chippers. John now shares the management and professional development responsibilities with fellow managers, Grant and Phil.

John Meehan

John Meehan

Managing Director

Over thirty years arboriculture experience founded the business in 1990

John has a Diploma in Horticulture from Lincoln University.  After graduating he spent two years in the USA, clearing and pruning trees near Lake Tahoe, mostly to open up views around holiday homes. He then spent two years as an arborist with Tree Care in the UK, servicing clients in prestigious areas like Kensington, Whitehall and Westminster – including working in the grounds of Kensington Palace.  John founded Arbor Care in Tauranga in 1990.

Grant Schuler

Grant Schuler

Contracts Manager/Projects Manager

Qualified and experienced arborist for over twenty years.  

Grant started his career in forestry in the Omanawa area in the early 90’s. He completed his Certificate in Arboriculture in 1993 and his diploma in arboriculture with Distinction at Wintech in 2007. He has completed a business management certificate. He has over 20 years’ experience at Arbor Care and has managed the company’s arboricultural contract to Tauranga City Council since 1996. Grant knows Tauranga city trees inside and out.

Phil Sale

Phil Sale

Technical Consultant

Qualifications in forestry and arboriculture and twelve years’ experience in the business.

After gaining his bachelor in Science & Technology in the forestry programme at Waikato University, Phil worked in organic controls at Hort Research for two years. He first joined Arbor Care in 1998, taking a break for his OE, then returning to the company in 2000. While on his OE, Phil remained working as an arborist and enjoyed working with clients like the National Trust and some well renowned rock stars and sports people. He completed his Diploma in Arboriculture with Distinction, through Wintech while at Arbor Care.

Joe Palmer

Joe Palmer

Residential Project Manager

Qualifications in Arboriculture and Business Management with eighteen years’ experience in the industry.

After leaving school, Joe started working for a family owned Arboriculture company in Auckland City. After working as a climbing arborist and machine operator for 10years, an opportunity came up to take on a role as a project manager. Having achieved a National Cert. in Arboriculture and being passionate about the industry, Joe has carried out the role as a manager for the last 8years, primarily within the residential market including looking after various corporate clients and contracts. This has included study in Business Management which has been vital in gaining extra knowledge & experience.

Joe started with Arbor Care Ltd early 2017 after moving to Tauranga with his family. 

He started off as a climbing arborist and now carries out a role as a Manager, looking after the residential sector.



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