A tree surgeon is responsible for the general care, treatment and maintenance of trees. An appropriately-trained, skilled and professional tree surgeon is able to tackle tree work which includes pruning, felling, stump grinding, stump removal, planting and carrying out hazard assessments on trees. Top Tree Surgeons Bristol have an experienced and professional team of tree surgeons that hold all the necessary certifications and insurances. We also abide by the health and safety guidelines set by the Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group.
Qualified tree surgeons are competent in performing the following jobs:
As with any work you need completed, it pays to first ascertain whether the tree surgeon that you are considering hiring is suitably qualified to carry out the work you require. Tree work calls for technical competency backed by experience and professionalism. Poor quality tree work can damage your trees that have taken years to grow, cause damage to your property and injury to people. Tree surgery is not regulated and does not demand a set of qualifications. As you can imagine, it has opened up the industry to cowboy operators with a chainsaw.
At the very least, demand to see their NPTC/Lantra certifications in arboriculture. NPTC is the most common qualification. They should also hold additional skills and machinery certificates in
Appropriately qualified tree surgeons should be able to provide you with an ID that confirms the type of work that they are qualified to perform.
Request proof that health and safety precautions will be followed. They should carry at least £15m of public liability insurance in case an unfortunate incident occurs on site.
Ask the contractor what standards they work in accordance with. Their response should be British Standard BS3998 which is the recommended standard for Tree Work.
It is always a great idea to request references from their customers who have had similar work carried out and then follow up on those references.
Get at least three written quotes that detail the scope and specifics of the work to be carried out. Ensure the quote includes specifics on the disposal of any waste from your property. Would that be included in the price or would you need to pay extra? What happens to the waste once it leaves your property? How will it be disposed of responsibly? Does the work require getting permission from the Council? Who will be responsible for obtaining that permission?