Tree Surgeons in Surrey

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Dave Ford Tree Care

Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

Britain’s Horse Chestnuts are currently undergoing a difficult time; there are at least three identified diseases that are causing particular concern, of which tree owners should be aware.

Chestnut leaf miner

A tiny moth which lays its eggs on chestnut leaves which then hatch and eat the leaf from the inside.

Chestnut leaf blotch

A fungal infection that grows on and damages leaves.

Chestnut bleeding canker

A bacterial infection which causes a dark brown or black sticky liquid to seep from damaged tissues beneath the bark.

The trees can be vulnerable to one or all three of these diseases, leaving them more susceptible to other serious diseases such as honey fungus. No effective treatment exists for these problems, but a regular inspection of your tree will spot any problems before they could become a danger from falling branches and dead material.

If you are worried about the state of your Horse Chestnut and want more information, please give us a call for advice or tree inspection in Reigate, Horsham and Dorking. More information on this and other plant diseases can be found on the RHS website:


  • Dear Adriaan and team – Thank you for your great work on our trees 

    The Marshalls – Esher

  • The Lads did a great job. Arrived on time, carried out the surgery efficiently and with care, as well as clearing everything up before they left. Also fantastic to deal with an efficient head office team handling quotes and invoicing. Thank you for a job well done.

    Mr Johnson - Fetcham

  • Dear Dave, I just wanted to say how pleased I was in the way that Justin and his team efficiently tackled my garden – back and front!

    Mrs Grant – Esher

  • Thank you very much and please convey my thanks to the surgeons for a good job well done.

    Mr Millard –Earlswood

  • Many thanks. We are very pleased at the outcome of this tree work.

    Mrs Crowther - Weybridge

  • All works completed in a courteous and professional manner. Thanks to your guys.

    Mr Partridge – Reigate

  • Many thanks for carrying out the tree work in my garden. It was a very good job and they tidied up. I was really pleased with the result 

    Mrs Hill – Betchworth

  • Thank you for the work done in the garden yesterday - really lovely boys - who did a brilliant job. Trees look so much better

    Mrs Chambers – Dorking

  • Thank you for your work. I will be in touch for further work in the summer

    Mr Burrows – Nutfield

  • Just wanted to say your two guys did cracking work at my place today with felling the willow tree. Definitely get your team back to sort out rest of the garden in a few months time Please pass on my thanks

    Mr Albert –Caterham

  • Many thanks, your guys did a great job, very friendly and helpful and they cleared up brilliantly. We didn't see them leave as we were still at work so didn't get a chance to thank them so please pass that on for us. We can't believe the difference it has made, we have daylight not to mention a massive reduction in leaf clearing up this autumn!

    Mrs Griffiths - Epsom.

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