Arborist contractors to join TrustMark scheme

All arborists will be able to join the respected TrustMark Scheme, which gives government backing to properly managed and run contractors.

Under the TrustMark scheme, contractors have to show that they have the right skills for the job. They also have to prove that they have had no legal problems or history of poor trading standards. They must also sign up to a code of practice. The scheme is supervised by the government and is seen as a stamp of approval for reliable contractors.

The scheme will be run by the industry body Tree Care Approved, which will be responsible for ensuring that firms come up the proper standards.

Andy Burgess, managing director of Tree Care Approved, said: ‘We are working closely with the Arboricultural Association to ensure that as many tree workers as possible get proper accreditation. We want to give advice to trading standards officers around the country and to help them outlaw the rogue operators. ‘

The new initiative was unveiled at the Arboricultural Association show. Information packs were given out to many firms involved in the industry. Tree Care Approved is looking for commercial sponsorship to help promote the scheme.

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