There have been several high profile incidents recently in the media detailing accidents involving DIY tree surgery and even more worryingly, accidents involving people who call themselves tree surgeons, who are taking on work with little or no arboricultural experience or qualifications.
Although tree surgery can be expensive, these cases show why it is so important to hire professional, responsible contractors to perform these operations. Tree Surgery is a specialist trade and appropriate training includes skills such as chainsaw maintenance, chainsaw use, aerial rescue, specialist climbing equipment maintenance, and that is before students start to learn about arboriculture and the management of trees.
Our London Tree Surgeons see evidence of extremely poor tree work and the issues and damage that it causes all too often. However, generally, most genuine Tree Surgeons love their job and provide a very high standard of work and customer service. As a customer, there are several things that you can do to make sure that you have contracted a company who will provide the service and standards that you require. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on what qualifications your tree surgeon should have. You should also feel free to ask for references from previous recent customers and evidence of qualifications, not only for the company representative who comes to offer a quote, but also the team that arrives on the day. It is also essential to have appropriate insurance cover should the worst happen. Ask for copies for the certificates, check the expiry dates of the policy and the level of cover for Public Liability and Employers insurance.
As in many things in life, the cheapest price does not always represent best value. There are considerable costs to operating a professional tree Surgery company and when the potential for injury or damage is so high, it is always advisable to make sure that you hire the right Tree Surgeon.
For Free advice and a free consultation, please call Toby at Take A Bough Tree Care.