How to choose the right Tree Surgeon?

Regardless of which tree surgeon you choose, tree work should only be carried out by well trained and competent tree surgeons. This is because trees take many years to grow and can be destroyed or disfigured within a few minutes through poor work. Poor tree works can lead to:

  • irrevocable damage to your trees
  • costly re-pruning
  • damage to property
  • injury to people

Tree surgery is a highly skilled profession and a good tree surgeon (also known as an arborist) will have spent several years training and gaining experience to become competent.

How to choose with confidence

Always ask for a written quotation.
If a tree surgeon refuses to supply a written quotation, reject them.

Ask to see evidence of insurance.
The current recommendation is £5m Employers and Public Liability cover.

What qualifications do they hold?
It is compulsory that tree surgeons have NPTC certificates for chainsaw use. A competent arborist will be able to show you their A4 certificate or plastic ID card.

Do they work to a recognised standard?
Tree surgeons should work to British Standard 3998:2010. This is particularly important if they are carrying out work to a protected tree. Failure to adhere to the British Standard could result in the prosecution of the tree surgeon or tree owner. More information on protected trees can be found here.

Agree a written specification.
It is recommended you agree a written specification giving full and clear details of the work to be undertaken, before work begins. This will include information about what will happen to the debris, whether VAT is included, who will check whether the tree is protected, if the tree is protected, who will obtain any necessary permission for the work and what steps will be taken to protect you and your property.

Following the above guidelines will help you weed out the dangerous and untrained operators and choose a tree surgeon you can trust.

Why choose Summit Trees

Summit Trees are specialist tree surgeons and qualified arborists. All our tree works are conducted to completely satisfy the requirements of British Standard 3998:2010 and comply with industry best practice every step of the way.

We are fully insured to carry out tree work. We have £5 million Public & Products Liability Insurance with Zenith Insurance.

We offer free estimates with no obligation to proceed. Covering across a large local area including Witney, Long Hanborough, Woodstock, Bladon, Kidlington, Begbroke and Oxford, Josh will arrange an on-site visit, discuss your requirements in person and produce a full written quotation and estimate.

We always carry NPTC certificates and all company credentials are available on request.

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