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Frequently Asked Questions


Some of our frequently asked questions are on the right but please feel free to ask us if you have some other questions or queries. Thank You

Do I always need permission to work on a protected tree?
Yes except for: Cutting down trees in accordance with one of the Forestry commission’s grant schemes, or where the commission has granted a felling license.
You can cut down or cut back a tree under the following exemptions: • If the tree is dead, dying or dangerous. • In line with an obligation under an Act of Parliament. • At the request of certain organisations specified in the order. • If it is directly in the way of development that is about to start for which detailed planning permission has been granted. • In a commercial orchard, or pruning fruit trees in accordance with good horticultural practice. • To prevent or control a legal nuisance (you may find it helpful to check first with a solicitor).
What happens if i carry out work on a protected tree?
If you destroy or damage a tree you could be fined up to £20,000 if convicted in the magistrates’ court. For other offences you could be fined up to £2,500. If the tree was cut down or destroyed you will normally have to plant a replacement tree.
How much access do you require?
For certain operations, such as stump-grinding a minimum of 36 inches is required for us to get our machine in, generally a normal sized alleyway will do.
How much noise will you make?
Tree surgery is an inherently noisy trade, with chainsaws and wood-chippers operating in normally quiet residential areas. There will be some disruption but we will try to keep it to a minimum and for the shortest time possible.
Will you make the work site safe?
Yes we will endeavor to keep the safety of the site our priority, if needs be we will tape off areas of the site and signs will be erected telling the public of the dangers. We can arrange for prior warning to be given to relevant parties, neighbours etc.