Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are Conservation Areas (CA) and Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)?
Conservation Areas are places of special architectural and historic interest, which are worthy of having restraints put in place to preserve or enhance the area. Most Conservation Areas are designated by the Local Planning Authority (LPA). Trees that measure less than 75mm in dbh when measured at 1.5m above ground level do not require permission.
A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is an order made by the LPA to protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interest of Amenity.
Before commencing work on tree/s in a CA or Trees Subject to a TPO you must specify all proposed works to your LPA by completing and submitting a Tree Woks Application Form, this process can take up to 6 weeks for trees within a CA and 8 weeks for TPO`s.
Q. Are you insured and compliant with Health & Safety?
Risk assessment: A site specific risk assessment and basic Wildlife assessment will be performed prior to commencing any work. This will be done in conjunction with a Visual Tree Assessment (VTA), this is a ground based examination looking for defects, evidence symptoms and overall vitality of the tree.
We hold £5 million public liability insurance and the mandatory £10 million Employers liability, we adhere to all latest best industry practices and Health & Safety.
Trees in close proximity to the highway may require the use of the highways, liaison with the highway authorities or statutory bodies will be vital in planning the works to obtain any necessary licences, approvals and temporary traffic regulation orders/notices in advance of the works commencing.
For this reason I believe it is in your interest to note that we hold the New Road and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) supervisor
All operatives have relevant National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC) certification. Tasks will be responsibly delegated to operatives ensuring that the services are within their competence.
Q. When is the best time of year to prune a tree?
The most idyllic time to undertake tree work is in summer, because the tree is photosynthesising thus the overall effect on its energy levels is thereby kept to a minimum. energy being produced can be allocated to all the trees desired needs to stabilise the wellbeing of the tree, the tree is therefore in a less vulnerable position as if it were to be pruned at times of dormancy or higher energy demands.
Q. When is the nesting bird season and what are the potential implications?
The nesting season is generally considered to be from early March to late August. Even then there will still be many birds tending to chicks in nests well in to September. As contractors we must aim to avoid impact to nesting birds and violation of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
It is crucial trees are thoroughly examined by a Visual Tree Inspection (VTA) or Arial tree inspection if appropriate and reasonably practicable, any finding will be noted in either the basic wildlife assessment or site specific risk assessment both of which will be digested by contractors onsite before the start of every job, if nesting birds are found then work must not commence until an appropriate time or if work starts and nesting birds are discovered work will stop immediately and be rescheduled.