Help for Arborists

Help for Arborists is a library of generic and arb-specific guidance resources available for members to download and use.

Please note: This is the free version of Help for Arborists which contains a limited amount of the resources available. To access the full version log in as a member or join from as little as £5 a month using the links below.

You’ll find everything you need here from generic HSE guidance to Arboricultural Association guidance documents in the form of templates, policies, proformas, risk assessments and associated notes.

If you’re already a member just login to access whatever you need.

See the screenshot for the full list of what’s available in Help for Arborists and become a member to start reaping the benefits of joining the home of professional Arboriculture.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for then you can always give an Arboricultural Association Technical Officer a call – it’s one of your membership benefits!

Here are just a few examples of the useful resources available:

Do you know how to check for bats? (there is more information available in our Help and Advice section)

Did you know that fuel requires a CoSHH assessment?

Work at Height: what do you know? (see the regulations and a downloadable outline in Help for Arborists). The ICoP – Tree Work at Height document can be downloaded for free below.

Useful Links:

HSE – Tree Work Website

Sector specific information on health and safety. It is most relevant to Arborists, tree surgeons and forestry workers and will help you find essential information and guidance on good practice including training and PPE which are essential.

HSE website

FISA UK Safety Guides

Safety guides from the Forest Industry Safety Accord.

FISA website


The UKs biggest discussion forum for Arborists.

Arbtalk website

Forestry Commission Biosecurity Resources

Forestry Commission website

Industry Code of Practice

ICoP - Tree Work at Height

Guides and Templates

Subject: Generic guidance Arb-specific guidance

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Guidance and advice during the pandemic

Coronavirus Risk Assessment for Arborists

Goverment Website

COVID 19 Business Guidance Poster

FSB – COVID-19 Advice for small businesses

Job Retention Scheme


Funding and Loans



Ban on Commercial Evictions for Tenants

Other Business Support Information

Coronavirus Risk Assessment for Arborists

Advice When Continuing To Work On Site

Coronavirus Poster – Arborists Working on Site Guidance

Support and Advice from Perennial

Latest Arboricultural Association Position Statement (25th March)

Biosecurity in arboriculture and urban forestry

Biosecurity Position Statement

Pest & Disease Symptoms Information

Environment Agency Position on Disposal of Infected Trees and Plants

Tree Alert

Plant health portal

Plant Imports and Exports after Brexit

Company Biosecurity Policy

Biosecurity Generic Risk Assessment

FC Biosecurity guidance

Free Biosecurity Training

Biosecurity in Arboriculture Z-Card

Canker Stain of Plane Guides (LTOA)

Oak Processionary Moth Hazards

Arboriculture – Safety and Trees Management Guidance

Industry Code of Practice - Tree Work at Height

FISA Safety Guides

HSE Decision on Two Rope Working

Background on Two Rope Working Decision

Veteran Tree Management Advice

VETcert Videos

Get your business GDPR ready

12 Steps to Prepare for GDPR

Data Protection Self Assessment

Guide to GDPR - Key Definitions

GDPR - Key Changes

Further information

Data Protection Network Guidance

General Tree Management Advice

Bats, Birds and Tree Work

Managing Veteran Trees Training Videos

Root Protection Areas for Veteran Trees

Veteran Tree Management Standards for Practising arborists and Consulting arborists

Tree Advice Trust Guidance

TDAG: Tree Species Selection for Green Infrastructure: A Guide for Specifiers

TDAG: Tree Species Selection Guide (43Mb)

TDAG: Tree Species Selection Database

TDAG: First Steps in Valuing Trees and Green Infrastructure

TDAG: First Steps in Air Quality for Built Environment Practitioners

TDAG: Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery

TDAG: Trees in the Townscape: A Guide for Decision Makers

TDAG: The Canopy

TDAG: No Trees, No Future

General Tree Work Safety Advice

Tree Professional Safety

Tree Surgeon Fatality Bulletin

Trees and Design Action Group Guides

Alkylate Fuel Safety Bulletin

Working with Benzene – HSE Advice