Don't be "conned" into unprofessional tree work, council warns

Cornwall Council has warned the public to ensure tree surgeons they hire are trained, approved and insured, or risk "shocking" and potentially dangerous tree work.

Image: Neil Owen (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Image: Neil Owen (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Its tree officer Alan Rowe said: "We see some shocking work carried out by traders who do not understand what is best for the trees and are conning the public into believing they are professionals."

He advised the public to check tree surgeons' paperwork to ensure they are insured, hold the required professional certificates and work to approved standards, and to avoid traders soliciting work door-to-door or who do not provide a permanent address.

"Tree work operations or arboriculture require a high degree of technical competence, supported by training and experience," Rowe said.

"Picking the wrong arborist could lead to injury to people, damage to property or irrevocable damage to trees that have taken many years to grow."

The council suggests homeowners seek approved local contractors on the Arboricultural Association's website, or who are listed on the Buy With Confidence business approval register run by local authority trading standards departments.

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