Dave Ford Tree Care
Tree Surgeons in Surrey

01306 611 661

Our Green Policy

We recognise that the nature of our work may have a negative impact on the environment, and as such we have devised a code of practice for our tree surgeons to help minimise and mitigate any damage.

Good Arboricultural Practice

Good Arboricultural Practice

By following good Arboricultural practice, backed up by a good understanding of tree biology, we can minimise the stresses placed on trees whilst we work on them.

We aim to retain trees wherever possible and will consider all other measures before felling. Where it cannot be avoided, we will suggest options for replanting.

Conservation of Habitat

Conservation of Habitat

Over 1000 species of invertebrates in Britain are dependent on dead wood for their survival, whilst at least a dozen bird species need it for nesting, as well as some bats for roosting. In fact, the retention of dead wood in your property can help combat species of decay fungi like honey fungus (armillaria spp.), by introducing competing species which are not damaging to your trees.

Consequently, we aim to avoid destroying dead wood habitat and retain standing dead wood where possible. We also encourage clients to consider the creation of ‘habitat piles’ to maintain dead wood habitat, and invite insectivores (e.g.hedgehogs) into the area. When planting, we will encourage you to consider native British species which have most value in creating new habitat.

Use of Power tools

Use of Power tools

Whilst the use of petrol driven chainsaws and tools is largely unavoidable; where possible we will use hand saws and tools to reduce harmful emissions to the environment. We use Bio-chain oil which is fully biodegradable and a non-water pollutant so safe to use near water reserves, waterways, ponds and ecologically sensitive areas.

We are utilising new technology and also now have several Lithium-ion battery powered chainsaws and hedge-trimmers within our fleet. As well as being zero emissions they are lower vibrations, lighter to use and quieter too!

Recycling

Recycling

Where possible, we encourage clients to make use of the materials that arise from work on their trees. Logs cut on your property can be seasoned and burnt for fuel with zero transport miles, and neutral carbon emissions. Wood chip produced as a waste material can be recycled as mulch to ameliorate the soil, particularly around the base of trees where it acts as a fertilizer and may help reduce soil compaction.

Any remaining wood chip and low quality softwood logs are burnt as wood biomass to produce low carbon electricity. Further information about wood biomass as a fuel source can be found on this downloadable pdf. We recycle all paper and waste products from our office.

  • All works completed in a courteous and professional manner. Thanks to your guys.

    Mr Partridge – Reigate

  • Many thanks, your guys did a great job, very friendly and helpful and they cleared up brilliantly. We didn't see them leave as we were still at work so didn't get a chance to thank them so please pass that on for us. We can't believe the difference it has made, we have daylight not to mention a massive reduction in leaf clearing up this autumn!

    Mrs Griffiths - Epsom.

  • Just wanted to say your two guys did cracking work at my place today with felling the willow tree. Definitely get your team back to sort out rest of the garden in a few months time Please pass on my thanks

    Mr Albert –Caterham

  • Thank you for the work done in the garden yesterday - really lovely boys - who did a brilliant job. Trees look so much better

    Mrs Chambers – Dorking

  • Thank you for your work. I will be in touch for further work in the summer

    Mr Burrows – Nutfield

  • Thank you very much and please convey my thanks to the surgeons for a good job well done.

    Mr Millard –Earlswood

  • Dear Adriaan and team – Thank you for your great work on our trees 

    The Marshalls – Esher

  • The Lads did a great job. Arrived on time, carried out the surgery efficiently and with care, as well as clearing everything up before they left. Also fantastic to deal with an efficient head office team handling quotes and invoicing. Thank you for a job well done.

    Mr Johnson - Fetcham

  • Dear Dave, I just wanted to say how pleased I was in the way that Justin and his team efficiently tackled my garden – back and front!

    Mrs Grant – Esher

  • Many thanks. We are very pleased at the outcome of this tree work.

    Mrs Crowther - Weybridge

  • Many thanks for carrying out the tree work in my garden. It was a very good job and they tidied up. I was really pleased with the result 

    Mrs Hill – Betchworth

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