A brief guide to legislation for trees
The following advice applies to England only and is for guidance purposes only. Some trees
are protected by legislation, and it is essential that you establish the legal status of trees
prior to carrying out works to them. Unauthorised work to protected trees
could lead to pr...
What is the Helliwell system and how much is a “point”?
The Helliwell System is one of several methods of placing a monetary value on the visual amenity provided by individual trees
and/or woodland. It has been extensively used in court cases, insurance claims and public inquiries to place visual amenity values on individual tree...
Can I get my neighbour to cut back or reduce the height of their trees or hedge?
In most situations the simple answer to this is no . You have a common law right to prune back parts of a tree or hedge growing over the boundary into your property (subject to any legal restrictions being overcome first such as Tree Preservation Orders or conservation area...
Ash Dieback – Practice Guidance
Ash Dieback Guidance for Tree Owners, Managers, Contractors and Consultants Principal Author: Michael Sankus Thanks to the Arboricultural Association Arborist Working Group for their help in developing the guidance Download the PDF WHO is this guide intended for? ...
Where can I find a registered contractor?
If the building work proposed requires planning consent, all trees
which could potentially be affected by the development (including those off-site) should be assessed by an arboricultural consultant in accordance with British Standard BS5837 Trees
in Relation to Construction...
Arborists can attain a host of qualifications, from City &
Guilds CS tickets all the way up to Masters and PhDs. Depending on which aspect of managing trees
you want to work in you can find out what you need to do here.
Atypical Myopathy Joint Position Statement
Arboricultural Association and British Horse Society joint policy statement on: Felling of Sycamore trees
in relation to Atypical Myopathy : A statement for arborists and horse owners Introduction It has been proven that trees
provide us with many benefits and have a sign...
What are the typical services of an arboricultural contractor?
Services typically required of an arboricultural contractor are: Tree maintenance operations including pruning, and related works to relevant British Standards (see our Tree Work Terminology page) Tree planting operations and aftercare/establishment programmes ...
I'm worried about the safety of my tree - can a Council's tree officer come and inspect it? If not,
Council Tree Officers are not in post to give independent advice to the public about their trees
or to recommend individual contractors or consultants. We advise residents to seek help and advice when they are concerned from professionals who are approved by a recognised body...
I have a tree which is outside my boundary and not under my control - whose responsibility is it?
The law is very clear with regard to a tree owner’s ‘duty of care’: Legally, the owner of the land is responsible for trees
growing on their land. If the tree is growing on Council owned or managed land then you should contact your local Council.