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Rogue Tree Surgeons

Don't Be Scammed by Rogue Tree Surgeons!

Rogue tree surgeons have been operating in Scotland and the rest of the UK for probably as long as professional ones. When you need to hire a professional tree surgeon, please give us a call on 07841-905145 or ask the following questions to those you are thinking of hiring:

Remember to ask about THREE Things:

  • Qualifications
  • Insurance
  • References
What qualifications should I check for?
The governing body for tree surgery qualifications is the NPTC (National Proficiency Tests Council). As a bare minimum, a good tree surgeon will hold the following certificates or the equivalent to:
CS30 – Maintenance of the chainsaw, on site preparation and basic cross cutting
CS31 – Fell and process small trees
CS38 – Climb a tree and perform aerial rescue
CS39 – Use of a chainsaw from a rope and harness
First Aid at Work
Any additional NPTC qualifications, Royal Forestry Society qualifications or degree level qualifications demonstrate more advanced training.
Ask to see their certificates.

Ask Which British Standard Do You Work To?

They should tell you they work to BS3998: 2010 Tree Work –


Ask Are You a Member of a Professional Organisation?

In the UK there are several voluntary schemes certifying the competence of arborists through examination and/or Continuing Professional development (CPD) including the Arboricultural Association which may include the Approved Contractor scheme and the Tree Care Approved scheme (otherwise known as trust mark). Other arborists may be equally competent, but membership of a professional organisation shows a degree of commitment to good working practices and high industry standards.

Ask to see proof of their membership.

Ask Are You Insured?
If yes, ask them to show evidence of their Employers and Public Liability insurance (recommended minimum £5 million).
It's not worth hiring someone who hasn't got insurance as when anything goes wrong you will have to pay for a professional tree surgeon to do the job anyway and chances are your rogue tree surgeon will be in the wind.
Can You Provide a Reference?
Reputable tree surgeons will be happy to show you examples of their work and provide references.