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What are the typical services of an arboricultural contractor?

Services typically required of an arboricultural contractor are: Tree maintenance operations including pruning, and related works to relevant British Standards (see our Tree Work Terminology...

What are the working regulations for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment )?

Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations, 1992What is it?The PPE regulations require that employers provide suitable protective equipment to employees except where the risk has been adequa...

What birds are protected?

There is often the misconception that some birds are exempt from protection i.e. feral pigeons, magpies, crows etc., but this is not the case:All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife an...

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 g...

What is the Helliwell system and how much is a “point”?

The Helliwell System is one of several methods of placing a monetary value on the visual amenity provided by individual trees and/or woodland.It has been extensively used in court cases, insurance ...

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 consulta...

What practical qualifications and training do I need?

Legal RequirementsThe Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 place general duties on employers and the self-employed ...

What regulations are there for handling of hazardous substances?

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002What is it?CoSHH applies to employers and the self-employed in order to reduce the risks of exposure to harmful substances. You are respons...

What regulations do I need to abide by to protect my employees from excessive noise at work?

Control of Noise at Work Regulations, 2005 Control of Vibration at Work Regulations, 2005What are they?The regulations aim to protect workers from risks to health from excessive noise and vibration...

What should I do if tree roots cause cracks in my driveway or drains and does it mean that my house will be damaged next?

Tree 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 ...