Arboricultural contractors weathering recession

Arb contractors are bracing themselves for tough times ahead but are holding out against the worst fallout from the recession.

Director of Treecare in west London Edward Radziwillowicz said work had fallen off slightly following a dreadful patch in July and August.

Tree Care managing director in Knockholt, Kent, Andrew Cowan said:

"We are being more cautious with development work and sticking with established players."

Arboricultural Association director Nick Eden said feedback from members showed arborists' order books were two weeks ahead instead of a norm of about six:

"Those who suffer will be people tackling domestic or more casual arb work. Several full-time estimators have had to go part-time."

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