Atypical Myopathy Joint Position Statement
Arboricultural Association and
British Horse Society joint policy statement on: Felling of Sycamore trees
in relation to Atypical Myopathy : A statement for arborists and
horse owners Introduction It has been proven that trees
provide us with many benefits and
have a sign...
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 ...
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...
Branches or roots from my neighbour’s tree are growing over my boundary. What can I do?
Under ‘common law’, you may be able to prune branches and
roots which grow over your boundary. However, you also have a legal duty to take ‘reasonable care’ whilst undertaking any works and
you may be liable if you damage the tree or cause it to become unstable. It is therefo...
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...