Tree maintenance: an insider’s view of the tree industry

We’ve learnt a ‘bit’ about the business of trees over the past 30 years and we’d like to share our knowledge to improve your understanding of engaging professional Tree Services companies in Oxfordshire.

We’ve been around trees and the tree industry in the United Kingdom for approximately 30 years. We have decided to share our industry knowledge to create an insider’s view of our industry and hopefully unpack a few myths surrounding the management of trees in urban areas and rural areas.

As qualified arboriculturists, we’re in the business of limiting exposure to risk. Everthing that an arborist does should be carefully measured in terms of risk. Risk taken on by a customer with regards to your choice of an accredited company and the risk of carrying out the work. We’re in the business of limiting liability for everyone involved: People, Homes, Public and Employees.

A qualified Arboriculturist will be able to advise on the correct procedure for applying to your council for tree works to be carried out if you live in a conservation area or you have trees protected by Tree Preservation Orders (T.P.O).Most accredited firms will carry out planning applications free of charge, depending on the amount of trees.

It’s all about timing. Engaging a good quality company is all about timing and thinking about seasonal maintenance. Typically planning applications will take six to eight weeks for permission to be granted. Nesting birds and wildlife can be another timing concern, with reference to the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981).In our view if hedge works are to be booked in ,they should be done in January/February early in the calendar year and late Summer after wildlife have finished bird nesting.

Some trees can’t be pruned in the cooler months. A sound knowledge of the different needs of specific trees is important. Referencing the need for a qualified aboriculturalist to be involved in the survey of your tree stock.

Tree Surveying is incredibly important. A survey can set out a budget conscious way of looking at your tree stock by categorising the importance of tree work. We typically set out a tree survey with three, six and nine month categories of urgency.

A tree survey, not to be confused with a quick quotation for a specific tree problem, is the collation ,by a knowledgeable arboriculturist, which would result in an extensive spreadsheet and maps offered as a service. The calibre of the Aboriculturist given the job of specifically commenting, in professional capacity, on the health of each individual tree in your garden is very important and warrants some questioning with regards to levels of knowledge. When engaging a professional to produce a tree survey I would recommend asking for professional accreditation and level of Professional Indemnity.