It is our policy to promote replanting trees wherever possible. This helps maintain the local environment rather than reduce it. Some times this is unavoidable. In these instances we will suggest options for replanting. Normally we recommend species native to Britain which are most conducive in creating new habitat.
By following good arboricultural practices, backed up by a solid understanding of tree biology we can minimise the stresses placed on trees whilst we work on them.
Many of the animals and their habitats which we encounter are protected by law. We adhere to the guidelines set out in the Wild life and countryside Act 1981.
It is important that before we undertake any work we must carry out an animal presence survey to enable us to comply with these rules. This enables us to inform our customers of any protected species which may be in the area and how their presence could restrict our work.
All our staff keep up to date with current legislation and work with the statutory and volunteer organisations in the area. In the unlikely event of accidental damage or disturbance, our staff will report to the relevant organisation immediately, this allows any necessary remedial action to be taken and ensures minimal impact on wildlife and nesting birds.
We encourage clients to consider the creation of ‘habitat piles’ to maintain dead wood habitat where possible.
We actively take steps to reduce our overall carbon footprint. All journeys are carefully planned in advance, selecting the most economic route. All vehicles and machinery are regularly serviced ensuring maximum fuel efficiency and alternative green fuels are used where possible. All vehicles and machinery is never left idling when not in use.
We continually assess our environmental policy seeking out and implementing new advances in technology or working practices. The use of petrol driven chainsaws and tools is largely unavoidable; where possible we will use hand saws and tools to reduce harmful emissions to the environment. Our chainsaws are lubricated with vegetable based oil, rather than harmful mineral oils.
We encourage clients to make use of the materials that arise from work on their trees. Logs cut on your property can be seasoned and burnt for fuel with zero transport miles, and neutral carbon emissions. Wood chip produced as a waste material can be recycled as mulch to ameliorate the soil, particularly around the base of trees where it acts as a fertilizer and may help reduce soil compaction.
Remaining wood chip and low quality softwood logs are burnt as wood biomass to produce low carbon electricity.
Of course, we also recycle all paper and waste products from our office!