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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 ...

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 ...

How can I get a Tree Preservation Order made on a tree that I think is at risk of being felled or damaged?

Your local council is responsible for making Tree Preservation Orders (TPO). You should contact your local authority and speak to the tree officer or someone in the planning department who should d...

How close can I build to my tree?

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 consulta...

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 ch...

How do I become an AA Approved Contractor?

We have extensive guidance here on our website, please visit the ARB Approved Contractor section.

How do I complain about a contractor or consultant?

Our accredited ARB Approved Contractors and AA Registered Consultants are assessed for their high levels of quality on a regular basis to ensure they meet our exacting standards. If however you fin...

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.