Advice for private tree owners
- Prior to carrying out any work on a tree always contact the local authority to ensure that the trees are not protected by a Tree Protection Order, planning constraints or that the tree falls within a conservation area.
- Always employ a suitably trained professional tree surgeon, who is covered by public liability insurance, ask for proof.
- Never employ house callers or leaflet droppers claiming to be professional tree surgeons.
- A reputable tree surgeon will normally send you a written quotation which will give details of the work to be undertaken, their address and qualifications.
- inspect your trees regularly;
- ask for advice from a reputable tree surgeon if you are concerned about anything;
- ask for advice about fungus or cavities;
- check for dead or broken branches that may be dangerous if they fall.
- carry out unnecessary pruning;
- alter the ground level under a tree, including the excavation or building up the ground;
- build near a tree;
- burn any rubbish or bonfires near a tree.