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.