Arboriculture is defined as the planting and care of individual and groups of trees as permanent landscape and amenity features, usually in gardens, parks or other populated settings for the enjoyment and benefit of the population, while meeting legal and moral obligations.
Registered Consultants can advise on all aboricultural related issues which commonly include:
assessing trees for hazard and where appropriate specifying remedial work
investigating cases where trees are alleged to be involved in structural damage to buildings
providing advice in relation to tree preservation law and where necessary, expert evidence to the Planning Inspectorate
providing advice in relation to trees and development and when necessary, expert evidence to the Planning Inspectorate
formulating large scale tree population, amenity woodland, group and individual tree management plans in relation to risk, population dynamics, tree continuity etc.
Consultants listed in this directory have submitted their work to the Arboricultural Association for assessment and have been found competent to provide arboricultural consultancy services to clients.
Registered Consultants will give impartial advice in accordance with the instruction they have been given in order to provide you, the client, with a clear understanding of the implications of your trees in whatever circumstances they grow and in relation to your aspirations or concerns.
Arboricultural Association Registered Consultants do not undertake work to trees (such as pruning, planting or felling) but will provide an independent schedule and specification of works if clients require them so to do, against which a suitable contractor may quote or work.
The name of the Registered Consultant, their qualifications and contact details are listed together with the name of any company with whom they have contractual or business connection(s) which may be relevant to any advice given.
It should be clearly understood that only the named consultant is registered by the Association and not any company or organisation with which they may be associated, or any of their employees unless also listed as a Registered Consultant in this directory. Prospective clients are advised to ensure that the named Registered Consultant is providing the required service.
Fees should be agreed between client and consultant at the outset of a commission. Rates may depend on the type of work to be undertaken and may vary from region to region. Most Arboricultural Association Registered Consultants operate over the whole of the United Kingdom and some beyond.
The Association requires that Registered Consultants operating within the UK must hold Professional Indemnity insurance to a level appropriate to the liabilities that their work may generate, and in all cases to a minimum of £500,000 at all times. Inclusion of a consultant within this directory should not be regarded as proof of current insurance cover – before entering into any contractual agreement clients should satisfy themselves that appropriate insurance is in place by asking for evidence from the consultant and/or their broker.
In the unlikely event that clients are not satisfied with services from a Registered Consultant a complaints procedure may be followed.
Whilst the Arboricultural Association makes every effort to ascertain the competence of its Registered Consultants it cannot accept liability in respect of any persons or companies named in this directory. The Arboricultural Association can not be held responsible for the advice or actions of any persons or companies named in this directory.
Become a Registered Consultant
The Arboricultural Association now offers a pack for those wishing to become a Registered Consultant. This pack contains vital information and an application form and can be downloaded by clicking below: