AVOIDING THE COWBOYS.
Why should you choose a tree surgeon?
Unlike other trades, tree surgery is not as regulated as you might expect. Anybody can buy a chainsaw, stick a logo and mobile number on the side of a van, print business cards and call themselves a ‘tree surgeon.’
There are loads of tree surgeons in the yellow pages and free ads, and plenty more if you do a google search. So, how do you avoid the cowboys?
BEWARE men who knock at your door offering ‘lopping and topping’ services. Would you let a knocking stranger rewire your house or fit your bathroom? Of course not, so why let one do your tree work?
A good way is through recommendation. Ask friends or a neighbours for good local contacts.
Ask lots of questions, you will soon find out if they don’t know what they are talking about or have poor subject knowledge.
Good tree surgeons, called arborists to differentiate themselves from ‘lopping’ and ‘topping’ scallywags, have lots of knowledge about different species of tree, how to work on them safely, and the pests, diseases, and fungi that affect them.
They will visit you to discuss your needs and provide a quotation without obligation.
Tree surgery is both skilled and dangerous, and working at height with a chainsaw requires training, qualifications and experience.
The cost of Public Liability insurance for tree surgeons reflects the risks but it is an obligation, and just as you wouldn’t drive your car without insurance, you should never employ a tree surgeon without insurance.
Your trees may be older than you are and they may live for future generations to enjoy. For people, a bad haircut can grow-out in weeks – but trees can’t replace badly pruned branches and may die as a result of a few hours savagery.
Choose a tree surgeon that understands your requirements and the needs of the tree, and your gardens’ trees will be an asset not an eyesore.
Very efficient, entirely reliable and well-priced. I would not go to anyone else.
RPD Munns / SOUTH WOOTON / June 2016
Dear Ben, Thank you for cutting the large tree in my garden. It was in a tricky position close to my neighbours house and overhanging my garden arbour. You and your team handled the operation skilfully and safely without causing damage. The site was left clean and tidy. I would be pleased to recommend your services to others.
J Mansfield / SOUTH WOOTON / June 2016
I have used Ben’s services twice now over the last twelve months and on each occasion found him to be both honest & reliable. He is a tidy, conscientious worker and deals with his customers in a friendly but respectful manner. As for his charges, I have found these to be very fair indeed. Consequently, I would have no hesitation in recommending his business, Brown’s Tree Management, to anyone.
Graham / NORTH WOOTON / June 2016
Recently, Ben carried out for us a substantial reduction of a large Oak. The tree is subject to a TPO. Ben prepared and submitted the necessary application on our behalf. His work was immaculate and we have been left with a suitably reduced and shapely tree. The debris was lowered and fully cleared with absolutely no damage to the surrounding garden. We would highly recommend Ben’s services.
Dulcie & Peter Lofting / NORTH WOOTON / April 2016
Very good service. Affordable. Arrived on time, safely pollarded two large willow trees in small garden without fuss and made a very impressive job of removing and clearing up the debris without damaging the garden or adjacent fences.
I will use again and happy to recommend to others looking for an efficient and affordable tree surgeon service in Norfolk….