All of our site team have the required National Proficiency Test Council qualifications and each tree surgeon carries a card displaying their completed qualifications. We have both public liability and employers liability insurance ensuring property and people are covered.
This is an important question to ask when planning to use any tree surgery company and it is advisable to ask to see and check any qualifications that the tree surgeon holds. As a minimum, anyone one on site should have a range of applicable NPTC qualifications. This stands for the National Proficiency Test Council. In order to use a chainsaw on the ground, use one in a tree and work from a rope and harness, each tree surgeon should carry a card which will should certify the completing of units CS30.1 , CS30.2, CS31 and CS39. They should also hold a Certificate of Competence to climb trees and perform aerial rescue (Formerly known as CS38).
These are the bare minimum that anyone working as a climbing tree surgeon should have. In addition to 15 years of experience in tree surgery and having studied at Merrist Wood College for two years, Toby, owner of Take A Bough Tree Care has achieved a National Certificate in Horticulture, and a National Diploma in Arboriculture. This demonstrates a far more comprehensive Arboricultural understanding than just the physical certificates for performing tree surgery related tasks.
It is not at all advisable to contract anyone who is not qualified to this extent because of the dangerous nature of tree surgery and the risk of damage to the public and property in the execution of these tasks.
Unfortunately, these are not legal requirements, as this is a largely unregulated industry and anyone can buy a chainsaw and call him or herself a tree surgeon, however employing unqualified people can result in serious damage to your property and possibly even severe injury, or worse, to any person in the vicinity.
It is equally important to ensure that any tree surgeon that you employ has both public liability insurance and employer’s liability insurance. This will allow you to claim for any damage that a tree surgery contractor may cause, and also ensures that anyone employed on site is equally covered for any injury that they may incur. Our certificates are available to view and download direct from our website.
If you would like to see some examples of what can happen when using unqualified and non-professional trees surgeons, please click the link below:
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Other questions and answers you may find useful
General Tree Surgery Questions
Do I need permission to have work carried out on my trees?
It is essential to consider Tree Preservation Orders when planning some work. Searches can be made online or we can undertake these for you if you wish….
Why do I need to employ a tree surgeon?
Tree surgery is a highly skilled and potentially very dangerous occupation, not to mention the significant risk of damaging your trees……
How much does tree surgery cost?
We do not have a minimum charge, unlike other tree surgeons, and we do not have an hourly charge, as each tree and site is assessed on an individual basis. Our assurance is that the work will be carried out by our qualified tree surgeons, to your satisfaction, for the cost quoted in advance….
Can trees damage my property?
Trees should be regarded as real assets to our homes, however, occasionally they can cause problems to nearby (about 1.5m) structures. If you are concerned then contact us for professional advice. …
When is the best time of year to have work done to my trees and hedges?
It is recommended that trees are worked on after leaf fall and before bud burst, however is not true for all species and we can give you a written report and recommendation for your specific trees and hedges….
Do mature trees need special care?
Regular maintenance ensures continued health and preventing a problem costs less than curing one once it has developed, whatever the age of the tree….
How can I tell if my tree is hazardous?
It is a property owner’s responsibility to ensure his/her trees are in safe condition. Assessments should be done by qualified arboricultural consultants….
What can I do if my neighbour’s trees are causing me problems?
You can prune or remove any branches on your side as long as you don’t damage the tree. TPOs may need to be considered. You must also offer the debris back to the owner….
Will the presence of birds or bats make any difference to my tree work?
If any type of bird is nesting in a tree or hedge then it is legally protected, so long as the nest is in use. This can delay work until the nesting season is over….
Specific to Take A Bough Questions
Are you a qualified tree surgeon and do you have insurance?
All of our site team have the required National Proficiency Test Council qualifications and each tree surgeon carries a card displaying their completed qualifications. We have both public liability and employers liability insurance ensuring property and people are covered….
How do you work out the cost of tree surgery?
While it may be possible in some circumstances to offer a rough estimate of the cost of tree surgery based on a photograph and a description of the access, it is generally necessary for our qualified tree surgeons to make a site visit, not only to view the tree and assess the access, but also to discuss the options open to you….
How long will I have to wait to have the work done after I have accepted the quotation?
We will always try to get work booked in as soon as possible and will make every effort to accommodate your preferences….
My garden has no side access and limited space, how will that affect the work on my tree?
It is always possible to remove or prune or reduce trees of any size in limited spaces and we have many years of experience in doing so in your area……
Can I use the wood chippings from my trees?
Yes you can, though some chipped trees are unsuitable for garden use. We can advise you of the suitability of your specific trees….