respect and care - always
planting trees
planting trees
planting trees

Our Team of Tree Experts

Francois Krige

Francois is passionate about trees and quality tree care. He understands and cares about the workings of trees and how they interface with people and the built environment. With over 20 years experience in tree surgery, Francois began his career in the forests of Germany and learnt the specialized art of urban tree care in London.

Since 1991 Krige Tree Services has been providing cutting edge tree care to a loyal customer base in and around Cape Town, and the greater Overberg region. Francois is a consultant to the Planning Department of the City’s Environmental Management Branch.

Al Stewart

Al qualified in England (1998) with an N.P.T.C. City and Guilds National Diploma in arboriculture and forestry related operations. Together with his brother, he then went on to run a small arboricultural business in the UK. The scope of work included forestry, urban tree surgery, council work for urban parks as well as planting schemes for both forestry and urban spaces.

Al later gained extensive experience through his work as a contract climber for Fountain Forestry in Ireland, France, Holland and Germany. His work in Southern and Eastern Australia as a consultant for North Power, entailed organizing all aspects of contractor’s work, from health and safety audits, to negotiations of works on private land. Al now runs one of the KTS tree teams.

Melissa Krige (ND Horticulture)

Melissa KrigeMelissa manages the Platbos Tree Nursery. Her assistant, Zamile Hlakuluana is nursery supervisor and he is assisted by one other full time member of staff.

The nursery boasts a fine selection of indigenous, organically-grown trees that are strong and healthy with well-developed trunks – no need for stakes which are a no-no for trees …

The Platbos Tree Nursery supplies trees for the Platbos reforestation project as well as for both retail nurseries and landscapers.

Steve “Stumpy” Cramp

Steve 'Stumpy' CrampSteve worked for 12 years in the UK gaining extensive knowledge in golf course construction, revetment of canals and waterways, and soft landscaping. In 2004 he returned to South Africa with a woodchipper and stump grinder imported from the UK. The stump grinder is a popular way of removing difficult stumps – particularly in confined spaces and where an excavator cannot gain access.

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Contact us

Krige Tree Services Office:
Telephone: 021 447 1369

Quotes & Consultations:
072 8942732
Consultations, disease diagnosis, hazard assessment etc:
Francois Krige 082 6580427
Stump Grinding:
Steve Cramp 082 5669187
Invoices, accounts and quotations:
Office 021 447 1369

“He who plants a tree plants hope”

Plant a new treeFor every tree felled by Krige Tree Services, Platbos Nursery will provide, on request, a new tree sapling - free of charge - for the home owner to replant in a place of their choosing.
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Our teams at work

Krige Trees on Site
Krige Trees on Site

Tree pruning
Exact and safe tree pruning, Southern Suburbs Cape Town

KTS crane truck
Krige Tree Service crane truck, Claremont