Choosing the right tree surgeon | What to look for

Updated: Sep 24, 2019

There has been a huge increase in tree surgeons across the UK providing tree work to residents, businesses and large-scale property owners. However, not all of them will provide services to the same standard. When it comes to tree surgery there are a lot of factors to consider when hiring someone to carry out the work. Here are a few things you need to consider.

Skills and Qualifications

First of all, you need to make sure that the person or company that you are hiring has all of the right skills and qualifications. If tree work is carried out incorrectly it can be dangerous for both the worker and the general public and cause expensive damage, you need to make sure they are competent enough to complete the job.

Any good tree surgeon will not only have the skills to prune and remove trees but will also offer a wide variety of services to their customers, for example, stump removal and planting. There are many activities associated with trees and they all need different levels of expertise. They will often have a team of tree surgeons to take care of the different parts of the job they have been hired to complete.


Not only do good tree surgeons need to have the correct qualifications, they also need to hold the correct insurance and it is imperative that you check this with them before hiring them to do any work. Ensuring they have the correct and adequate levels of insurance is vital, as accidents can happen no matter how experienced they are.

Protective Equipment (PPE)

Other factors that you will need to consider before choosing a tree surgeon is to make sure they use protective equipment and have a minimum of chainsaw trousers, chainsaw boots, helmets with visors and earmuffs. Having the right kit is imperative to being able to carry out the job safely.


The knowledge and know-how of a tree surgeon should be obvious from the first consultation. All tree surgeons should adhere to British standards, look for BS 3998 which is the accepted quality standard for tree work. A company who works to this standard is guaranteed to deliver superior levels of service, which is good for the customers and the trees.

Once work has been completed you should be left with no mess and all good tree surgeons will clean up after them after they finish the work. They will dispose of any unnecessary tree waste that they have generated in an environmentally acceptable way.

With the correct skills, qualifications, insurance, PPE and tree knowledge the risk of injury and damage to property during tree work operations is reduced significantly.

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