How can I ensure that the equipment I use meets the statutory regulations?
Work Equipment Legal requirements The primary objective of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) is to
ensure that work equipment should not result in health and safety risks, regardless of its age, condition or origin and that it should be ...
Verbal abuse, Trolling on Social Media and Defamation: Legal Pointers
If anyone posts or says something that makes you feel uncomfortable or which upsets you or makes you angry, report it: Every social media platform (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.) has a reporting section that you should use for any abuse received online. There are var...
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.
I do not know who owns a tree, which is causing me concern – who do I contact?
Local Councils do not hold records of land ownership, and therefore cannot advise on the ownership of trees
, you should contact the Land Registry who hold details of land ownership. A charge is made for this service.
What is a Tree Consultant?
A tree (arboricultural) consultant is someone who has gained recognised qualifications and expertise in the care and management of trees
- particularly trees
in landscape and amenity features, in gardens and parks or other populated settings where they are for the enjoyment a...
I am worried that my neighbour’s tree is dangerous. What should I do?
If a tree growing on someone else’s land causes injury to
someone or damage to
property then the owner may be liable. If you think your neighbour’s tree might be dangerous then you should contact an arboricultural consultant for further advice. It is always best to
settle a d...
My boss picked me up on using a phone in the tree, my saw wasn’t running and I was stationary in a s
Using a mobile phone up a tree during an AA Approved Contractor assessment then would not in itself result in failure unless a clear and present danger was apparent as a consequence. Arborists do use phones up trees
and, whilst it may not always be ideal, there may be justi...
Directory of UK Arboricultural education and training providers
Arboricultural Education This directory provides contact details for educational establishments and independent providers, intended for the use of persons considering a career working with amenity trees
and shrubs, or those individuals who wish to
further their knowledge a...
Tree Species Selection for Green Infrastructure: A Guide for Specifiers
Author: Tree and Design Action Group How can we improve species selection so that we can provide our towns and cities with diverse and resilient palette of trees
that are capable of thriving in challenging urban environments? This guide offers for the first time in the ...
So what actions can contractors take to ensure compliance to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981?
A few things that contractors should consider putting in place: Tool box talk in regards to
nesting birds: what to
look for and what to
do if there is nesting activity within the trees
or vegetation being worked on. Record on all pre-works wildlife assessments e.g. ‘no nest...