What should I do if tree roots cause cracks in my driveway or drains and does it mean that my house
roots typically grow close to the surface, and it is not uncommon for them to develop on the underside of hard surfaces such as driveways, which can lead to cracks developing through physical pressure. This damage is frequently superficial, and there is a range of option...
Should Ivy be removed from trees?
For many years, gardeners and arborists alike would, as a matter of common tree
maintenance, clear ivy from trees in order to remove the competition for light, water and nutrients, as well as the potential threat of the ivy totally smothering the tree
. However, in the light o...
How can I find out if the trees within my ownership are protected?
You can check to see if a property or area of land has a Tree
Preservation Order on it, or if it is located within a Conservation Area, by looking at the council website or by contacting the local council (usually the planning department). If your tree
is protected then you w...
Are there any times of year when tree works should not be undertaken?
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...
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...
Are there any regulations I should be aware of governing the use of lifting equipment?
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 What is it? LOLER is a set of regulations that apply to employers, the self-employed and people in control of, or managing, lifting operations. LOLER is aimed at ensuring all lifting operations are properly plann...
A brief guide to tree work terminology and definitions
WHAT’S IN A WORD? Tree
pruning may be necessary to maintain a tree
in a safe condition, to remove dead branches, to promote growth, to regulate size and shape or to improve the quality of flowers, fruit or timber. Improper pruning can lead to trees becoming unsightly, dise...
How close to my house should a tree be?
In spite of what you may read in newspapers or be told by insurance companies, there are no fixed minimum recommended distances that you should plant trees of certain species from buildings. When choosing a tree
or trees to plant, you should give careful consideration to des...
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.
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Using a mobile phone up a tree
during an AA Approved Contractor assessment then would not in itself result in failure unless a clear and present danger was apparent as a consequence. Arborists do use phones up trees and, whilst it may not always be ideal, there may be justi...