TREE SURGEON FREQUENTLY ASKED QUSTIONS
Welcome to the Sale Tree Surgeon FAQs. Here you will find important information about the services offered by tree surgeons, including what type of services they provide, how they can help you, and what qualifications they need to do the job. We hope you find the answers to your questions helpful in understanding how tree surgeons can help you with your outdoor needs.
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What are the average costs for TREE SURGEON services in the UK?
The average cost for tree surgeon services in the UK can vary depending on the size and complexity of the job. Generally, the cost is based on an hourly rate, which can range from £50–£150 per hour. Some services may also include a call–out fee. For larger jobs, the cost may be based on the total time taken to complete the work, as well as the amount of labour and materials required.
Do I need permission to have work carried out on my trees?
When planning any tree work, it is critical to consider the possibility of Tree Preservation Orders, particularly in South-West London, as there are a lot of conservation zones and you might face a substantial fine if you do not obtain the necessary permits. It is simple to determine whether your property is in a conservation area or if Tree Preservation Orders may apply. These are sometimes available online from the relevant local authorities. If you wish, we are pleased to do these searches on your behalf.
The Town and Country Planning Act of 1990 also provides for trees in conservation areas that are not subject to a TPO. Every conservation area has a blanket order that covers all trees with a central stem diameter of 7.5cm at 1.5 metres from the ground. This normally does not apply to bushes and hedges.
Obtaining Permission to Cut Down a Tree
Anyone planning to chop down or work on a tree in a conservation area must notify the Local Planning Authority six weeks in advance (a’section 211 notice’). The goal of this provision is to give the LPA time to decide whether a TPO should be issued for the tree. Conservation areas are locations of outstanding architectural or historical interest whose character or look it is desirable to maintain or enhance. LPAs identify them, and they are frequently, but not always, centred on listed structures. Other structures and landscape characteristics, such as trees, may also add to a conservation area’s unique character. Trees that are dead, dying, diseased, or dangerous are excluded from TPOs, as are fruit trees grown for commercial fruit production. A 5-day notice may still be required (confirming with planning is crucial). Without approval, TPOs ban tree cutting, uprooting, pruning, crown lifting, reduction, and deliberate harm or wilful destruction.
A responsible and professional tree surgeon will never choose to disregard this legislation. The conservation area application is a notification of works, not a request for permission. In congested places, trees can provide significant amenity value to all those who can see them or may be impacted by their removal, pruning, or decrease. Councils believe that everyone should have the opportunity to have the impact on them examined. The consultation process typically takes 6 weeks from the date the application is submitted.
These applications are free, and most professional tree service firms would not consider charging a customer to complete and manage an application.
The required forms can be found at: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk, and applications can be submitted through that site.
You should also check to see if these restrictions apply to your property.
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Why do I need to employ a tree surgeon?
Tree surgery is a highly skilled and sometimes hazardous profession, not to mention the huge risk of causing damage to your trees.
When is the best time of year to have work done to my trees and hedges?
The best time of year to have work done to your trees and hedges is usually during the winter months when the tree is dormant. This is because the tree is less likely to suffer from shock, and the work can be carried out more safely. Pruning, pollarding and other maintenance tasks can also be undertaken during this time.
Do mature trees need special care?
Yes, mature trees need special care in order to keep them healthy and productive. The care needs of a mature tree can vary depending on the species and the environment, but generally include regular pruning and training, pest and disease control, mulching and soil improvement.
How can I tell if the tree I have is dangerous?
It can be difficult to tell if a tree is dangerous or not, but signs to look out for include dead, diseased or damaged branches, cracks or cavities in the trunk, and signs of insect infestation. If you think your tree is dangerous, the best thing to do is to contact a qualified tree surgeon who can assess the tree and advise you on the best course of action.
What can I do if my neighbour’s trees are causing me problems (UK)?
If your neighbour’s trees are causing you a problem, such as blocking out light or causing damage to your property, you can contact your local council who will be able to advise you on what action to take. Depending on the severity of the problem, the council may be able to serve a Tree Preservation Order on your neighbour, which will restrict the work they are able to do to the tree. Any part of a tree or bush that is over the boundary of your property can be cut down without permission, however, it is always better to discuss the matter with your neighbour.
Will the presence of birds or bats make any difference to my tree work?
Any bird that nests in a tree or hedge is legally protected as long as the nest is in use. This can cause a delay in work until the nesting season is ended.
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What is a tree preservation order?
A tree preservation order safeguards trees that have a negative impact on their surroundings. When trees are under immediate danger, this is critical.
The tree I wish to cut down is near a main road, who sorts that out?
The applicable Highways requirements will be followed, and if your council requires notification that traffic flow may be disturbed, we will notify them and arrange for adequate traffic management. We will notify you of any additional costs involved.
What happens if I accidentally cut down a protected tree?
Try and avoid doing this. If you destroy or damage a tree, you could face a £20,000 fine if convicted in magistrates’ court. Other crimes may result in a fine of up to £2,500. If the tree is cut down or killed, you must usually plant a replacement tree.
Should I always get permission to work on protected tres?
With the exception of:
• falling trees under one of the Forestry Commission’s grant schemes or if the commission has issued a felling licence.
You may cut down or prune a tree under the following conditions: • If the tree is dead, dying, or harmful.
• In accordance with a parliamentary mandate.
• At the request of specific organisations named in the order.
• If it is immediately in the path of a planned development for which detailed planning authorization has been granted.
• In a commercial orchard, or in accordance with proper horticultural practise, pruning fruit trees.
• To prevent or control a legal nuisance (seeing a solicitor first may be useful).
Who gives permission to work on protected trees?
The local council.
How long does it take to get permission to work on protected trees?
The planning department of the local council will provide authorisation, and we should hear from them within 6 weeks of submitting the application.
What type of trees are covered by a TPO (Tree Protection Order)?
A tree preservation order can protect any tree, regardless of species. The order might range from a single tree to a forest. Trees and hedgerows can be protected, but NOT hedges, bushes, or shrubs.
What forms of payment do you take?
You can pay by debit/credit card on site or securely over the phone, which may allow you to spread the expense over a 0% credit card, or by cheque or cash upon contract conclusion. Whichever way works best for you. An internet transfer using your online banking is our preferred way because it is free and simple.
After you have felled my tree, can you leave the logs behind?
If you ask, we will gladly leave the wood for logging. We will try to chop the logs into large chunks for you to handle, and they will be stored close where the tree was cut down. We may log and stack them in a specific place for you at an additional expense.