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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 ...
 25/11/2015      11:00
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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...
 25/03/2019      14:30
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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.
 24/11/2015      08:18
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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.
 24/11/2015      08:26
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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...
 12/12/2015      19:19
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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...
 24/11/2015      08:22
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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...
 25/11/2015      07:30
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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...
 28/04/2016      11:32
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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 ...
 14/02/2019      13:48
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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...
 24/11/2015      09:07
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