How do I select the right Tree Surgeon?
1 When making an appointment with an ARB Approved Contractor clients should advise the contractor whether advice on trees is required, or if a specification for works already exists against which the contractor’s quotation is sought 2 Clients are advised to obtain mor...
Can I wear ear defenders with an inbuilt FM radio system when I am working as a tree surgeon?
We couldn’t recommend this as it is likely to further impair communication between team members in work situations where effective communication is so important. Whilst standard ear defenders are designed to reduce potentially harmful levels of noise reaching the ear and as a...
Why should I use an ARB Approved Contractor?
Contractors listed in our directory listing have submitted their businesses and their tree work to the Arboricultural Association for assessment and have been found competent to provide arboricultural contracting services to clients. The Arboricultural Association’s assessme...
A brief guide to legislation for trees
The following advice applies to England only and is for guidance purposes only. Some trees are protected by legislation, and it is essential that you establish the legal status of trees prior to carrying out works to them. Unauthorised work to protected trees could lead to pr...
What is the minimum distance to plant trees from a house?
If the building work proposed requires planning consent, all trees which could potentially be affected by the development (including those off-site) should be assessed by an arboricultural consultant in accordance with British Standard BS5837 Trees in Relation to Construction...
How can I diagnose problems with my tree?
If your tree is showing symptoms of ill health, which may be related to pest or disease, cultural or other reasons, samples may be sent to the following organisations for analysis. Please note: charges apply for these services. The Forestry Commission and its tree health di...
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...
Will hammering a nail into a tree kill or harm the tree?
Hammering anything into a tree is intrusive and will cause harm; a tree is a living organism and an injury such as this is damaging. The outer bark layer on a tree stem protects against disease and decay, anything that breaches it can allow the entry of harmful organisms. The...
How do I report a problem with a tree on council land?
If you have any concerns or enquiries about a tree on Council land, contact the Council directly.
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...