What are the working regulations for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment )?
Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations, 1992 What is it? The PPE regulations require that employers provide suitable protective equipment to employees except where the risk has been adequately controlled by other means which are equally or more effective. W...
What are the typical services of an arboricultural contractor?
Services typically required of
an arboricultural contractor are: Tree maintenance operations including pruning, and related works to relevant British Standards (see our Tree Work Terminology page) Tree planting operations and aftercare/establishment programmes ...
So what can we expect if we find ourselves in breach of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 act?
Magistrates’ Courts operate a tiered fines system dependent on the seriousness of
the offence. This could be up to £5000 or for the most serious offences an unlimited amount. Other alternative punishments issued by Magistrates’ Courts include a community sentence like unpaid ...
I'm worried about the safety of my tree - can a Council's tree officer come and inspect it? If not,
Council Tree Officers are not in post to give independent advice to the public about their trees
or to recommend individual contractors or consultants. We advise residents to seek help and advice when they are concerned from professionals who are approved by a recognised body...
I have a tree which is outside my boundary and not under my control - whose responsibility is it?
The law is very clear with regard to a tree owner’s ‘duty of
care’: Legally, the owner of
the land is responsible for trees
growing on their land. If the tree is growing on Council owned or managed land then you should contact your local Council.
I do not know who owns a tree, which is causing me concern – who do I contact?
Local Councils do not hold records of
land ownership, and therefore cannot advise on the ownership of trees
, you should contact the Land Registry who hold details of
land ownership. A charge is made for this service.
When is the bird nest season?
The ‘Bird Nesting Season’ is officially from February until August (Natural England) and it is recommended that vegetation works (tree or hedge cutting) or site clearance should be done outside of
the nesting season. However, in reality the nesting period may start before thi...
Are there any times of year when tree works should not be undertaken?
Ideally tree works should not be undertaken during the spring time period, when the 'sap is rising' to enable the leaves to flush (come out) and photosynthesis to begin, and during the autumn, when the tree is drawing nutrients back into itself from the leaves as they go bro...
What is a Tree Consultant?
A tree (arboricultural) consultant is someone who has gained recognised qualifications and expertise in the care and management of trees
- particularly trees
in landscape and amenity features, in gardens and parks or other populated settings where they are for the enjoyment a...
I am worried that my neighbour’s tree is dangerous. What should I do?
If a tree growing on someone else’s land causes injury to someone or damage to property then the owner may be liable. If you think your neighbour’s tree might be dangerous then you should contact an arboricultural consultant for further advice. It is always best to settle a d...