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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 undertaki...

Can I get my neighbour to cut back or reduce the height of their trees or hedge?

In most situations the simple answer to this is no. You have a common law right to prune back parts of a tree or hedge growing over the boundary into your property (subject to any legal r...

Can I stop my neighbour building close to my tree?

You may be able to depending on the importance of the tree, the nature of the building proposed and distance between the proposed building and the tree in question.If the building work proposed req...

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...

Choose your Tree Surgeon?

BE SAFE, BE SUREThere is no shortage of people and companies offering tree work services, but how do you choose between them? The Health and Safety Executive says,“…clients engaging co...

Directory of UK Arboricultural education and training providers

A directory of arboricultural colleges and training providers in the UK.

Do you need any form of training before you can set out traffic management signs and cones on a public highway in order to carry out tree works?

We strongly advise that tree work contractors undertake appropriate training for all activities they carry out in order to comply with legislation. In this case the New Roads and Street Works Act a...

Help for arborists

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

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: cha...

How can I ensure that the equipment I use meets the statutory regulations?

Work EquipmentLegal requirementsThe primary objective of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) is to ensure that work equipment should not result in health and ...