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Hiring a tradesman to conduct a tree safety report
It is the responsibility of the home or land owner to properly look after and manage their trees. While this might seem simple, there can be problems if, say, any trees get in the way of new developments on the land or if they fall into ill health. Even if the land owner simply wants to check the health of their trees after a storm, a tree safety report is often necessary. This is not a DIY task, but a job for a qualified professional, and the best way to find one near you is through Plentific.
The Plentific website is designed to make finding your ideal hire as quickly and easily as possible. The website can quickly generate a bespoke contact list of tradesmen near you that offer the skills you need, and each will have a profile where you can inspect their qualifications, experience and customer reviews. Managing and messaging Pros is simple from the Plentific Dashboard, while the Plentific Wallet makes booking and paying your Pros completely secure. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific will be covered by the Plentific Guarantee. Whatever your project might be, Plentific can always help you find your ideal hire.
What do I need to know about tree safety reports?
A tree safety report will need to be carried out by a qualified arboriculturalist (tree surgeon). It should let you know about the health of a tree, and whether it presents any immediate problems. It can be necessary to get a tree safety report when further developing a property, as your local authority will require that any affected trees be professional surveyed according to British Standards. This can present a big advantage as far as planning is concerned, as it will give you and your tradesmen a much better idea of your property’s constraints and opportunities. It can also be necessary once a tree reaches a certain age, or if it has been damaged.
Your professional will utilise a number of techniques to provide a comprehensive report, displaying the locations, height, crown spread and height, stem diameter, condition and life stage of any trees covered. This will come with details on any recommended actions and a time scale for completing them, as per the landowner’s responsibilities. They may also recommend further investigations, such as a climbing or drone inspection.
A qualified tree surgeon should have several years of experience, as well as a level 5 qualification in arboriculture. Ask for reviews from their previous customers and co-workers, too. If they are hesitant to provide any of this information, they are to be avoided! A good sign of quality is if they belong to a national tradesmans’ organisation, such as the Arboricultural Association, as these groups have high standards for quality and professionalism that members must constantly meet. Ask your hire about their safety practices, and make sure they have active public liability insurance and private indemnity insurance, as well as a guarantee for their work. The price of a tree safety report will usually be around £350, though this can vary based on the size and characteristics of the tree, what safety equipment is required, and your location in the UK.