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An arborist (or tree surgeon) is a professional who practices arboriculture, the management and maintenance of trees (generally in an urban environment). While trees provide many benefits, they can also be very large, heavy, and complex organisms that require professional mseo ukoring and treatment to ensure they are healthy and safe.

An arborist's work may include some or all of the following:

planting, pruning, structural support, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, insects, or abiotic disorders, lightning protection, and tree removal. Arborists may also plan, consult, write reports and give legal testimony. While some aspects of this work may be done on the ground or in an office, much of it requires the arborist to physically climb the trees, using ropes, harnesses, and other climbing equipment.

Tree Surgery needs to be done by people who understand what they’re doing and why.  A good tree surgeon is also artistic and can see how to prune the tree to leave it not only healthy and sound, but also with a beautiful shape that is natural for the species and situation.

Be especially careful when choosing a tree contractor. Tree work is hard, skilled work and potentially very dangerous.

Since 5th December 1998, The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98), requires all workers who use a chainsaw to work on or in a tree to be competent to do so. They should have received appropriate training and obtained a relevant certificate of competence or national competence award. It is suggested that tree contractors should do refresher training every five years.

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER 1998), also apply to tree surgery - for example, when somebody is climbing a tree, there should be somebody else available on site who has been trained in tree rescue; tree contractors should have their equipment, such as ropes, regularly inspected by somebody independent.

Tree work contractors should have passed chainsaw operations assessments set by the National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC), and should carry an ID card. Their training certificate and ID card will show what units they are qualified in.


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