Oliver Bennett is the owner of Objective Tree Consultancy. Oliver has always had an interest in trees, volunteering with the National Trust and British Trust for Conservation Volunteers whilst at school. Oliver attended Merrist Wood College in 1992 and completed the National Diploma in Arboriculture in 1995. Oliver worked in both the private and utility arboriculture sectors across southern England , but due to a significant injury in the work-place, was unable to continue to work commercially in the practical side of the industry.
Oliver joined Cornwall County Council in 1995 as a Forestry Officer, dealing with street and highway trees, protected trees and trees on Council property. Oliver was the lead Project Officer for the European funded Cornwall Landscape Project from 1996 – 2000, and was responsible for implementing the project objectives including the supply and planting of over 500,000 trees in small scale planting schemes, provision of landscape conservation grants e.g habitat management, orchard restoration, and advice to community groups and landowners.
Oliver re-joined Cornwall County Council in 2002 working as a Countryside Officer dealing with invasive plant species and site management, before becoming a Tree Officer in 2003. Oliver has led on many arboricultural issues in the council before making the leap to the private sector in June 2017.
Oliver undertook the Technicians Certificate in Arboriculture in 2005 attaining a distinction mark on completion. In the same year Oliver also undertook and attained the Royal Forestry Society Professional Diploma in Arboriculture. Oliver is a Professional member of the Arboricultural Association and an Advanced user of Quantified Tree Risk Assessment. Oliver is an active member of the Cornwall Branch of the Arboricultural Association and the Royal Forestry Society.
Oliver has a keen interest in conservation, exotic plants and contemporary landscape design. A dedicated but amateur cyclist, plant collector and music fan, he now tries to find time for his growing family and all his interests, whilst being a positive advocate for trees.