Frequently asked questions

Do you handle planning applications for tree work?

Yes, in fact we insist on doing so on behalf of our clients. Planning applications for pruning or removing trees are usually not necessary, but if your trees are located in a conservation area or are subjects of tree preservation orders (TPOs), planning notifications / applications need to be submitted to the local planning authority. We complete the relevant planning paperwork from start to finish; this maximises your chances of getting the planning consent you need.

Do you provide written quotations?

Yes, we always provide written work specifications and quotations for our clients. If anything about the job changes substantially prior to starting work we are happy to revise the quotation for you; we can also negotiate alterations to quotes on the day should you change your mind about aspects of the work specification.

Are you insured to carry out tree work?

Yes, we have public liability insurance for carrying out most types of tree work, as well as professional indemnity for advice and consultancy; we’re happy to make our insurance certificates available to clients on request.

What is the best time of year to carry out tree work?

Tree work can be carried out at any time of year if needed, but there are often optimal seasons for different types of work. We’ve put together a quick guide to give you some idea of best practices. This information is based on advice from various sources including the Arboricultural AssociationForestry Commission and Royal Horticutural Society. Click the button below to read the guide.

Do you fell / remove trees?

Sometimes, but we tend to focus on tree care where the tree, shrub or hedge is retained at the end; crown reductions, crown cleaning, tree inspections, or planting. We do remove trees, though we tend to restrict this to small trees up to 10 metres (33 feet) tall. This is around the height of a typical two-storey house with loft space.

What are British Standards for tree work?

British Standard 3998 sets out basic recommendations for performing a wide range of tree work including pruning, trimming and planting; following these recommendations helps to avoid major problems and deliver better end results when working with trees. Its one of several British Standards relating to tree work that cover nursery stock production, selection, planting, aftercare and pruning and removal.

At Avid Arboriculture we always incorporate the recommendations of the relevant British Standards to ensure you get the best results possible from our services, whatever type work we are doing for you. It’s not always possible to follow the recommendations to the letter, but we aim to adhere to recommendations as closely as we can, and we advise our clients what the relevant standards recommend when discussing their tree care options with them.

Do you work in my area?

Typically we work throughout south-west London and into Surrey. We’re based in Raynes Park (SW20); that means we’re well placed to deliver tree care services to Kingston upon Thames, Wimbledon, Wimbledon Village, New Malden and Morden. Within a 10 mile radius we also capture areas such as Earlsfield, Streatham, Surbiton, Richmond upon Thames, Twickenham, Kew, Hampton, Esher, Oxshott, Cobham, Chessington, Epsom and Croydon. We’re happy to travel however, so if you’re further afield and are interested in our services the please get in touch.

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