Choosing a reliable contractor is very important. Trees which have taken many years to grow can soon be irrevocably damaged through ill-advised and badly executed operations. Anyone can call themselves a tree surgeon and place an advert in Yellow Pages or the local newspaper. That alone is no guarantee that the contractor is capable of carrying out works safely to an acceptable standard.
Tree felling and tree surgery are skilled operations which require a high level of technical knowledge, supported by training and experience. Other essential requirements are the provision of safety equipment and sufficient insurance cover for both employers and public liability.
An arboricultural contractor, sometimes described as an 'Arboriculturist', 'Arborist' or 'Tree surgeon', will undertake tree work to a specification. However,
Contractors may say they are members of a trade association - Check the validity of any such claim. The Arboricultural Association produces a list of approved contractors. Please see http://www.trees.org.uk/ for further information.