Anarborist,tree surgeon, or (less commonly)arboriculturist, is aprofessionalin the practice ofarboriculture, which is thecultivation, management, and study of individualtrees,shrubs,vines, and otherperennialwoody plantsindendrologyandhorticulture.
Arborists generally focus on the health and safety of individual plants and trees, rather than managingforests(the domains offorestryandsilviculture) or harvesting wood. An arborist's scope of work is therefore distinct from that of either aforesteror alogger.
Desborough, a town in Northamptonshire, England, lying in the Ise Valley between Market Harborough and Kettering, was an industrial centre for weaving and shoe-making in the 19th century and had a long association with the Co-operative movement. Desborough today is a residential centre: new homes and industry are being developed to the north of the old town.