Trees are valuable assets providing many benefits such as an attractive outlook, shade, wildlife habitat and health benefits. They shape the character of the wider landscape, provide focal points as individual specimens and add financial value to properties.
This page provides general guidance on where to find useful information about common aspects of tree management for members of the public who own or have an interest in trees. If you need specialist arboricultural services it may help to understand the difference between arboriculture consultants and contractors.
Competent Arboricultural Consultants are people who, through relevant education, training and experience, have gained recognised qualifications and expertise in providing management advice about trees. You may check the professional or academic level of arboricultural qualifications at www.trees.org.uk.
Competent Arboricultural Contractors have certificates indicating that they have been trained and assessed. Some also have other academic qualifications in arboriculture. They will use safety equipment to protect you, your property and themselves.
Arboricultural Association Approved Contractors are a competent contracting company which has achieved this status following a rigorous vetting process. The list of Approved Contractors is available on the website.