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
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
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
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!
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.