About Hill-fort

Tree Care and Consultancy, Garden Design and Landscaping

Hill-fort was founded in 1997 by Mark Ashman RFS Dip Arb, M. Arbor. A. and Fleur Ketley NC Hort, RHS Gen, RHS Adv. The business specialises in two distinct but related areas of service; Tree care including Arboricultural Consultancy and Contracting and Landscaping including garden design and contract landscaping. We combine expertise and professionalism to provide a dependable, fair and honest service.

Hill-fort is located adjacent to the Iron Age Hill-fort at Burrough Hill, High Leicestershire, from which we take our name. We serve clients throughout Leicestershire, Rutland and its neighboring Counties. Our clients include, City, County, Town and Parish Councils, small and large Estates, Businesses and Homeowners throughout the east midlands.

About Fleur


Contact Fleur directly on 07941660745 or fleur@hill-fort.co.uk

Born and raised in Rutland, Fleur currently holds the National Certificate in Amenity Horticulture, the  Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)  General examination and the RHS Advanced qualification,  completed with Merit and Distinction.

In 1997 she and partner Mark Ashman set up Hill-fort Garden Design and Consultancy and Hill-fort Tree Care and Consultancy.

Hill-fort Gardens is committed to offering clients a traditional gardening service – based on the understanding of the science of plants and their site-specific environment.  In a time where anyone sporting a  chemical filled back pack and wielding a  strimmer may be called ‘a gardener’, Hill-fort has stepped forward to offer a gardening service in its truest form – as knowledgeable creators and custodians of gardens for the discerning client.

Horticultural, ecological and cultural knowledge works naturally alongside a discerning affinity for garden layout, defined by context, topography and garden use. Client considerations are taken into account; solutions are found and aesthetic judgement taken to create gardens which are both practical and beautiful.



About Mark


Contact Mark directly on 07905 665335 or mark@hill-fort.co.uk

Mark was drawn to arboriculture initially by the love of trees, the outdoor life and the physical challenges of a climbing arborist. He is now the manager responsible for a team of arborists and for providing expert arboricultural advice. He still enjoys time spent ‘on the tools’ and in the tree, and volunteer works on Rutland nature reserve. The role of responsible manager and arboricultural consultant requires continuous professional development. Mark is a regular attendee of seminars and conferences and is currently in the process of attaining Chartered Arboriculturist status through the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

Royal Forestry Society Professional Diploma
in Arboriculture (2009)

Arboricultural Association Technicians
Certificate Distinction level [2005]

International Society of Arboriculture
Certified Arborist [2003 -2012]

LANTRA Professional Tree Inspection
Certificate [(2008]

Advanced level of competence of a VTA
Visual Tree Assessment) Practitioner with
Elite Training as assessed by
Prof. Dr. Claus Mattheck [2007]

Licensed Quantified Tree Risk Assessment User (2011)