Our mission is to share our experience and knowledge to help you understand and properly care for the trees around you so that you can enjoy them for years to come.

Our Team

Together, the team at Grow Tree Care has over 50 years of arboriculture experience. We have worked across Canada and Internationally. We employ five full-time and two seasonal arborists certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and are actively training our newer staff to get certified as well. As a company, we follow ISA standards of pruning and practice spurless climbing. In addition to our practical arboriculture experience, our team includes members who specialize in permaculture, biology, and environmental assessment and monitoring. We pride ourselves on providing excellent quality work and on acting as environmental stewards with respect to tree care.

Managers

Aaron Kinvig

Aaron Kinvig

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified

Wildlife Dangerous Tree Assessor Certification #P2653

Occupational First Aid Level I

Hi I’m Aaron Kinvig, I’ve been in the Arb Industry for 14 years. I started my career as an arborist in the UK and built up experience and qualifications working for a couple of companies in the South East of England before going on to running my own company. The draw of a life in Canada was too great for an outdoorsman such as myself so I made the move across the pond and have settled in the Comox Valley where I feel I belong living by the mountains and working with a great crew at Grow Tree Care. I enjoy the variety of work in Arboriculture from planting new trees for the future to removing large hazardous trees; everyday is a new challenge.

Aaron Salt

Aaron Salt

ASct. environmental, QEP

ISA Certified Arborist® PN-2015AT

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified

Wildlife Dangerous Tree Assessor Certification #P2655

Certified Pesticide Applicator No.219810

Dipl. tech. fish, wildlife & Recreation

Occupational First Aid Level I

Aaron Salt worked as a climbing arborist in London and Vancouver before gaining environmental training from the B.C. Institute of Technology. As an integral member of Grow Tree Care since 2013, he has applied his experience and interest in trees to expand our consulting services by supplying tree inventories and tree risk/health assessments for residential through to development projects. His matter of fact approach combined with a desire to balance both the tree’s best interest and the client's objectives make him a valuable addition to Grow Tree Care. Aaron Salt also heads up our plant health care division and can help you with your spraying, fertilizing, and watering needs.

Wurts

Aaron Wurts

ISA Certified Arborist® PN-2792AT

ISA Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist®

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified

Wildlife Dangerous Tree Assessor Certification #P2657

Certified Landscape Horticulturalist

Occupational First Aid Level I

As owner of Grow Tree Care, Aaron Wurts brings his passion for trees and problem solving to the task of business ownership. Starting in Vancouver’s arboriculture industry in 2001, Aaron had the opportunity to work with several municipalities, large development sites, commercial properties and many strata councils. After moving his family to the Comox Valley in 2008, Aaron developed Grow Tree Care over the past 11 years and feels very fortunate to have such a cohesive team with such diverse skills and shared values. Aaron enjoys working with people as much as with trees and is always more than willing to educate and give his perspective when it comes to trees.

WHY YES, WE DO HAVE A LOT OF AARONS HERE!

You might have noticed that we have four different Aarons at Grow—there’s one more for you to meet below. It can get confusing (and funny). To help, we often have to be on a last name basis, but that doesn’t make our service any less personal.

Crew Members

Read Guthrie

Read Guthrie

ISA Certified Arborist® PN-8572A

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified

Occupational First Aid Level I

Hi there, I’m Read Guthrie, and I’ve been working in the arb industry for just over three years now. What draws me to arboriculture is the way in which it incorporates both a physical and mental discipline with a scientific study of tree health. Having grown up on the island I have a great appreciation for our native forests and the diversity found in our microclimates. The Comox Valley has a little bit of all the island has to offer and that, to me, makes it the perfect environment to live and work as an arborist. Most weekends I can be found outside trail running, snowboarding, skateboarding or climbing. Working at Grow means being part of a team and part of a family, and with our shared experience I expand my knowledge each day.

Alex

Alex Scott

ISA Certified Arborist® PN6371-A

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified

Wildlife Dangerous Tree Assessor Certification #P1648

BCFSC Certified Faller #53970

ITA Arborist Tech

ITA Climbing Arborist

Occupational First Aid Level I

Alex was born in Comox and raised in Merville. Time in the outdoors,around trees, has been important to Alex all of his life. This made pursuing a career as an arborist in 2006 a natural choice. Alex enjoys the challenges presented by arboriculture and the opportunity to climb the amazing trees of the Comox Valley and beyond. He is very happy to be a part of the Grow team, to continue its tradition of providing a high standard of care to trees in all stages of their lives. 

Sarah

Sarah Steel

Occupational First Aid Level I

- Away on Leave -

Sarah hails from the Outaouais region of Québec and was drawn westward over 5 years ago. She thinks this place is just magical! Isn’t it? She has worked for a variety of tree service companies and has experience as a wildland firefighter, park operator and backcountry guide. Sarah is keen on forest ecology and natural history and can often be found wandering local beaches and forests in search of local critters and plants. She is always up for a chat with clients and seeks ways to facilitate a deepened understanding of their herbaceous neighbours. Sarah is in training with us as a pruning arbourist and is keen to continue broadening the scope of her work up to new heights. When not at work, you’re likely to find her out playing somewhere, likely in her canoe or kayak or out on her bike. Sarah parle Français y habla Español tambien - she’d be happy to connect next time you’re on site with us!

Madi

Madison Tosswill

ISA Certified Arborist® ON-2554A

First Aid

Hello! I’m Madison Tosswill. I’ve been in the arboriculture industry for 5 years. As a climber, I love the physical and outdoors aspects of tree care. I enjoy learning about trees and all the complex functions of natural environments. I started working with trees in Ontario where I went to school for Arboriculture and Urban Forestry and gained experience with a few companies. Living in the valley is wonderful and allows me to enjoy many outdoor activities like dirt biking, cycling, rock climbing and exploring new places on my spare time. I’m stoked to be a part of the Grow team and look forward to this new adventure.

Aaron Tutt

Aaron Tutt

ISA Certified Arborist® PN-8757A

Occupational First Aid Level I

- Away on Leave -

Aaron Tutt grew up exploring the natural playground around him. Whether it was the backyard garden or the surrounding forest, his passion was to better understand how natural systems work and how humans interact with them. Aaron’s curiosity stayed with him, as he studied Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. Since graduating, he has worked as an environmental consultant, farmed organically on the Gulf Islands, and worked as an arborist. In the spring of 2017, Aaron and his wonderful wife relocated to the Comox Valley where he was grateful to find Grow Tree Care. He always knew, in his heart, there must be a company founded by, and employing mostly “Aarons” and is happy to have found it. Aaron Tutt enjoys both the ethical and technical sides of Tree Care and is happy providing both with Grow.

David

David Wallbridge

Hi, I'm Dave. I grew up in the New Forest, England, where I always took great joy from the trees that surrounded me. Whether at work or at play, the outdoors has always been a huge part of my life, and it seems inevitable that I would one day find myself working in arboriculture. I've had the privilege to have been involved in tree care in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and now here on Vancouver Island, where I've quickly fallen in love with the beautiful natural environments and great outdoor spaces. It's a pleasure to have found a role within the team at Grow, who share my compassion for trees, and recognise the value they add to all of our outdoor spaces.

Alison Wurts

Alison Wurts

Alison is the behind the scenes partner in Grow Tree Care. Her skills in administration, bookkeeping, webdesign and marketing keep the office running. Alison has worked in administration in various capacities for 20 years. Her prior work has included an independent insurance agent, Environment Canada, a Canadian outdoor gear manufacturer, and a midwifery clinic. In addition to managing the office and books for Grow Tree Care, she also provides administrative and website support for other clients in BC and internationally through Coastal Webcraft.

Seasonal Crew Members

Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy

Registered Biology Technologist (#98)

ISA Certified Arborist® PN-5779A

Occupational First Aid Level I

Ryan has been working with the Grow Tree Care team as a climbing arborist since moving to the Comox Valley in 2012. He brings a wealth of experience gained during his 14 years of experience in Arboriculture and 12 years as an ISA Certified Arborist. He has had had the opportunity to work with some of the best in the industry beginning at Butchart Gardens in the early 2000’s followed by excellent tree care companies in Victoria BC as well as in Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland.

Ryan also works as a wildlife biologist which compliments his skills as an arborist in fields such as ecology, soil science, and botany. This combination of skills and experience mean that he is passionate about trees equally for their aesthetic beauty and their environmental significance.

Kelly Royer

Kelly Royer

ISA Certified Arborist® PN-8220A

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified

Occupational First Aid Level I

Arboriculture seemed like a natural fit for the skills Kelly developed at work and play over his lifetime. His love of ornamental trees began at a young age in his mom’s garden center. When he moved to the coast from Alberta, Kelly’s first work was in outdoor education and guiding kayak trips. It was a pleasure to share the coastal wilderness with guests from around the world. From there Kelly was asked to be a part of the team that cut new runs for a ski resort expansion. After nearly a decade of saw work on the slopes Kelly switched paths and became a residential arborist. He enjoys the constant puzzles that tree work presents and feels fortunate to work with such a knowledgeable team.