Deciding upon which tree surgeon is going to work on your garden is an important decision. Whilst most tree surgeons are trustworthy there are some tree services companies who are the stereotypical cowboys. We would like to help you avoid these and get the result in your garden that satisfies you. Of course if you are in Colchester or elsewhere within the county of Essex then contact us and we would be happy to connect you with a trustworthy contractor.
Tree work that has been done incorrectly can cause damage to your property, injury to people and harm to your trees.
Tree work qualifications
Ask what qualifications they have. You should expect some NPTC qualifications. These are offered by City and Guilds. Examples of relevant qualifications are:
CS31 – Fell and process small trees
CS39 – Use of a chainsaw from a rope and harness
These are just a couple of the relevant qualifications and there are many others, we recomend you visit the NPTC website for more examples and details.
These qualifications are not a legal requirement but you should expect your tree surgeon to have them. If they don’t they probably don’t have enough training to be cutting down your tree. It isn’t just a matter of professionalism but also one of health and safety.
You should also find out if the tree surgeon works to British Standards.
Arborist certifications and affiliations
There are a variety of associations one can be affiliated with in the tree services industry. These associations can be more or less reputable. We can’t go through all of the different associations here however we will give you two examples of useful affiliations that a tree surgeon may have.
The first is the Arboricultural Association or AA. They maintain an online directory that lists contractors who provide a high standard of work.
The second is The International Society of Arboriculture or ISA. ISA provide certifiation for individual tree surgeons.
Arborists and Insurance
Tree surgeons should hold both public liability insurance and employer liability insurance. Unfortunately it isn’t as simple as this. If a tree surgeon holds the correct insurance they are required to meet certain conditions. For example if the operator working in your garden doesn’t have the correct City and Guilds qualifications for the equipment they are using the insurance will likely be void!
This is why we recommend not just finding out what qualifications and insurance they have but matching them up with the actual work that the tree services personnel are undertaking.
A few more tips
- Confirm exactly what is included within the quote. Is stump grinding included after the tree has been removed? Will they take the leftover garden waste away?
- Confirm that they will provide the quotation in writing
- Ask for references or have a look online and see if they have testimonials and reviews.
That’s all for now. If you have any additional tips on how to weed out the bad tree surgeons and how to find the real professionals please contact us. And again, if you are based in Colchester, Essex we would love to help you with your garden!