Managing the trees in your churchyard is best done by a professional who can carry out the works safely following a prior risk assessment or survey provided by a professional Arboriculturalist. It's important to recognise that some trees may have special status and are thus protected by law, in which case you are advised to ensure that you have all the appropriate permissions in place before any tree works can begin.
MaintenanceBooker contractors who offer tree surgery services are all ARB Approved Contractors (ArbACs) which means that their business has been assessed by the Arboricultural Association AA) and has met and continues to uphold the AA's Standards and their Codes of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The Arboricultural Association Approved Contractor scheme has been setting the standards for tree surgery work for more than 40 years. The Arboricultural industry is not regulated by government but has a high accident potential and a responsibility to care for the UK's rich tree heritage.
Booking a tree surgery service through MaintenanceBooker means that you can expect the following:
- A written work specification detailing tree works to be carried out, the purpose of each aspect of the works and any limitations to the execution of the works BEFORE any tree works are executed on site. This work specification should be based on an existing Arboriculturalist Tree Risk Assessment or Survey of the specified trees and in accordance with BS3988:2010 – Tree Work Recommendations.*
- A breakdown of the cost of the works on individual trees
- A written method statement of how the tree works will be carried out on site (with relation to the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999(2)).
- A site–specific risk assessment to assess all risks associated with the tree works
- A site map which clearly shows the location of the specified tree(s)
- Clear details of access to the site
- Clear details of the disposal or utilisation/retention of arisings as agreed with the client
- The final Tree Surgery/Maintenance report should also include what tree works have actually been completed on site.
*A risk assessment or survey of the specified trees by a professional Arboriculturalist and any necessary authorisation documents for the tree works should normally be obtained by the client before the services of a Tree Surgeon can be engaged.