Kestrel Forestry Services

Tree Shelters



Tubex Ltd. the UK manufacturer of tree shelters and plant care products, appointed Kestrel Forestry Consultants the County Wexford based consultancy firm as their new stockist in Ireland in 2004.

Tubex are the world's leading producer of tree shelters and the best known brand in the tree shelters business. They export to over 25 countries including the USA and Canada.

Kestrel previously held the Irish agency for Arbeta, however with the merger of Arbeta and Tubex in 2003, all production and marketing was concentrated at the Tubex HQ in Aberdare, South Wales.

Since 2004 sales of Tubex products have increased by over 200% following intensive promotion and increasing acceptance of the product by the forest industry and the Forest Service.   In 2012 Tubex acquired the Acorn tree shelter brand which specialised in mesh type gurads.  The full range of Acorn tree guards and shelter guards including rolls of both products are available as an alternative to the standard Tubex guard if required. 

For full information on the Tubex range contact Sean Lenihan: at 0402-37519, 087-206 9277 or E-mail:


Tubex Range - Tubes

Tubex supply tubes in 5 height sizes :  0.6 metre, 0.75m, 1.2m, 1.5m and 1.8m. The height of tube you choose will obviously depend on which animals you wish to protect your trees from.  The following are the recommended heights for the main species of browsing animals :


Animal Tube Height Stake Size Note
Rabbit 0.6m 75cm x 25 x 25mm

On sites with a slope

and where Sika deer

are present a 1.8m tube

is probably the best option.

A 1.65m x 45 x 45mm should

be considered on exposed

sites and where there is a 

high deer population.

Hare 0.75m 90cm x  25 x 25mm
Sheep 1.5m 1.65m x 100 x 100mm
Fallow Deer 1.5m 1.65m x 32 x 32mm
Sika Deer 1.5m 1.8m 1.65m x 32 x 32mm
Red Deer 1.8m 1.95m  x 45 x 45mm


Tubex New 12D Degradable Treeshelters



Tubex introduced their new 12D degradable tree shelter in 2016 offering a 3 or 5 year degradation option depending on forester's requirements, and which animals they are protecting against.  So the 3 year will start to degrade after three years and probabaly take a further three years to compete the process.  The 12D is ideal for sites where the customers are more environmentally sensitive and/or where specified by landscape architects.  They are available in all sizes up to 1.5m and resemble the standard product in appearance and ease of installation. 

Cost: 12D are approximately 30% more expensive than standard Tubex tree shelters.


Advantages of Tubes

Forestry Uses


NBConditions of Use:

It is recommended that the taller shelters (1.2m to 1.8m) be removed once the crown has formed outside the shelter, especially on exposed sites to prevent damage to the tree when the crown is exposed to strong winds, and begins to exert pressure on the top of the shelter.



We recommend that you use the TUBEX Mesh Treeguard (old Acorn brand) especially for Scots Pine. 

In addition we recommend mesh treeguards for all tree guard sizes when planting Scots Pine.








Tubex Range - Spirals/Easywraps

Tubex supply spiral guards in two height sizes and two diameters : .6m x 38mm, .6m x 50mm and .75m x 50mm.
Spirals provide low cost protection for whips and standards from rabbits and hares. Easywraps are similar to spirals but are solid and open out or unfold like a ''swiss roll''.  Both are ideally suited to ash and sycamore in a forest context where rabbits and hare are the only threats but are aslo widely used for hedging.  They do not provide the same micro climate
as tubes, and therefore trees in spirals or easywraps do not receive the significant growth boost which tubes provide.


See how to assemble Tubex shelters


Guideline Prices 2018/19 Easywraps and Spirals


Height 1,000 2,000 Up to 3,000 Up to 5,000
60cm x 38mm        .35 .     33         .31     .29
75cm X 50mm        .55      .50         .48    .45
60cm x 38mm         .35       .33         .31     .29
.75m x 38mm         .55       .50         .48     .45

75cm x 50mm           .58

Bamboo Canes

3'  (12/14lb)      .17                     .17
4'  (22/24lb)      .28                     .28










Guideline Prices 2018/19 Standard Tree Shelters

Standard Tree Shelter and Stake (VAT and Delivery Extra) Visa, Master Card and Irish debit cards are accepted.

Tube Height 1,000 2,000 Up to 3,000 Up to 5,000
  Tube T & S Tube T & S Tube T & S Tube T & S
0.6m 1.10 1.50 1.05 1.45 1.00 1.40 0.90 1.25
0.75m 1.25 1.65 1.20 1.60 1.15 1.44 1.00 1.35
1.2m 1.65 2.45 1.60 2.40 1.50 2.35 1.45 2.25
1.5m 2.00 2.95 1.95 2.85 1.90 2.80 1.80 2.65
1.8m 2.45   2.40   2.35   2.25  

T & S : Tube  & Stake

All stakes are treated softwood fourway pointed.  Stakes for 60cm and 75 cm tubes are 25mm square. Stakes for 1.2m/1.5 m are 32 mm square.

If a larger size stake is required for 1.5m tubes we can supply a 44mm square for an additional cost of .40 cents per stake.

Guideline Prices 2018/19  Shrubshelters

Shrubshelter and Stake (VAT and Delivery Extra)
Visa, Master Card and Irish debit cards are accepted.

Tube Height 1,000 2,000 Up to 3,000 Up to 5,000
  Tube T & S Tube T & S Tube T & S Tube T & S
0.6m 1.70 2.10 1.60 2.00 1.50 1.90 1.40 1.80
0.75m 1.90 2.25 1.80 2.15 1.70 2.05 1.60 1.95
0.6m Plus 2.00 2.35 1.90 2.25 1.80 2.15 1.70 2.10
.75m Plus 2.30 2.65 2.20 2.55 2.10 2.45 2.00 2.35


Purchase Tubex Tree Shelters from our Online Shop


Kestrel Forestry now stock the complete range of Acorn tree shelters and tree guards with the Acorn mesh tree guard recommended as an ideal solution for conifer planting especially with Scots Pine. Prices approxiamtely €.50 - 75 cents extra depending on Tube height. Contact us for more details. 


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