Frequently Asked Questions – Glasgow Tree Surgeons

<>Why are we called Tree Surgeons and Arborists?

  • Tree Surgeons and Arborists are specialists in their chosen field, taking care of trees and maintaining them to the highest degree. Like a hospital surgeon tree surgeons are highly trained and skilled people that perform operations on injured and diseased trees. We have studied to understand and treat these living breathing organisms. Exactly the same as a surgeon in hospital has trained to treat sick patients. Trees need to be understood so the they can be treated in the correct manner. That’s what we do and love it!.

<>As Tree Surgeons can you give us an idea of what kind of work you do?

  • Emergency Tree Service
  • Land & Brush Clearing/Wood Chipping/Log Cutting
  • Tree Cutting Service/Trimming/Pruning
  • Tree Planting & Location Planning
  • Tree Crowning/Tree Crown Reduction
  • Tree Cabling & Bracing
  • Stump Grinding/Stump Removal
  • Dead wood Removal
  • Tree Planting
  • Tree Removal
  • Crown Raising
  • Crown Reduction
  • Crown Thinning
  • Dangerous Tree Work
  • Tree Felling
  • Pollarding
  • Safety Inspection
  • Storm Damage
  • Tree Preservation and Order Planning
  • Full Maintenance Contracts
  • Site Clearance
  • Diseased Trees and Diagnosis and Prevention Reports

<>What kind of insurance do you have ?

  • Yes we are insured as follows

    £10 Million Pounds Employers Liability 

    £5 Million Pounds Public liability.

    £1  Million Pounds Professional Indemnity

    Also Insurance certificates for training purposes.  Any of the certificates can be provided if required

<>What Qualifications do you Have as tree surgeons and Arborists?

  • National proficiency tests council “NPTC” and Lantra qualifications.

    Regular audits, of both external and internal audits of working practices, this ensures our continued compliance with the Arboricultural and Forestry Advisory Group “AFAG” “HSE” and “FISA” – Forestry Industry Safety Accord Guidance.

    Plus, all staff take regular “First aid” Refresher training courses along with Aerial Rescue practice courses. 

<>What kind of legislations do you work under?

  1. The Forestry Act 1967
  2. The conservation “Natural Habitats” Regulations 1994
  3. Town and country planning “Scotland” Act 1997
  4. BS3998: 2010 Tree work Recommendations
  5. Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981
  6. Work at height regulations 2005
  7. Health & Safety at work act 1974
  8. New roads & street works act 1991
  9. Control of substances hazardous to health regulations 2002 “COSHH”
  10. Provision and use of work equipment regulations 2002 “PUWER”
  11. Lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations 1998 “LOLER”
  12. BS 8545: 2014 Trees: Nursery to independence in the landscape “Recommendations”
  13. BS 5837: 2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction recommendations.

<>Who has the Responsibility for Trees in Glasgow?

  1. The responsibility and management of any trees

    will always rest with the property owner, and so does the responsibility for obtaining the correct permissions for any proposed works carried out.

<>What about Glasgow Councils advice on Protected Trees within the City of Glasgow?

  1. Please click on the link below: 

    https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/article/17482/Glasgows-Trees 

<>Can I receive a quote over the phone?

To be honest “No” every job is different. Our site inspections need to be carried out by one of our certified tree surgeons, we have to take many things into account and consideration like equipment access, machinery to bring with us, and a survey of the surroundings, and the actual trees position for health and safety issues. It’s impossible to do this over the phone. Hope you understand and at the end of the day, “the quotations we give are free!”

<>How do i know if my tree is hazardous or dangerous?

As with most cases the responsibility is always the 

Property owner’s. Certain defects and tree ailments can be identified by our certified Arborists. We can assess the tree for you and if you wish, give you a written report siting the problems and advise a way forward. Sometimes you will need a written report for your insurance company, pointing out the potential dangers and hazards, as they are becoming more commonly requested these days by these companies.

Good advice would be to check your policy. 

Look for these common defects and tree hazards

Tree leaning strongly to one side

Branches getting close to power lines

Mushrooms growing at the bottom of tree

Trees nearby are dead, fallen or unhealthy looking

Decaying wood on either trunk or main limbs

Roots damaged, broken or rotting

<>Do you offer free advice to your customers

Yes we do, and always available to give you advice relating to any tree issues you may have.

<>Will you give me a free and no obligation Quotation?

Certainly as we do with all our customers.

<>Do you offer your services to the commercial sectors along with your residential work.

Yes we cover commercial contracts and have many years of experience in both fields. Our up to date modern equipment and highly trained arborists can tackle the most difficult situations you may think are impossible. Wether it’s a long term maintenance contract, ground clearance, vegetation management, we are a one stop shop.

Other examples are

​ * Site Clearances

 * Highways and Trackside Arboriculture

 * Vegetation Management

 * Commercial and Industry Tree Works

 * Grounds Maintenance

 * Commercial Landscaping

How much does a tree surgeon charge?

A tree surgeon will charge all depending on the actual job. They take into account the difficulty of the tree work, the equipment they need, how many tree surgeons are needed, the complexity of the work involved, and how much debris needs to be removed from the site. There are so many variables to consider that is impossible to issue and prepare a firm quotation until everything is taken into consideration beforehand. Glasgow tress offers a free initial consultation and free quotation, so you will be made fully aware of the price first.

How much does a tree surgeon charge to cut down a tree?

This all depends on the size of the tree, access to where the tree is situated, if we have to sectionally dismantle and the equipment involved to do this. If the tree is very large and a crane needs to be hired to remove the tree then this can incur a large increase in the overall price of the tree removal. Dangerous trees and trees near roads can sometimes cost more, or if they are sited next to building as they need to be taken down slowly and more time-consuming. There is also the risk factor to take into consideration and the cost of removing the tree from the land or property. Once all the costs have been calculated then a transparent quotation can be prepared for your approval.

How much do tree surgeons earn?

There are few people who have not had to call a tree surgeon – but the services they provide can come at quite a shock to some people by way of the price!. A day’s work with these professionals will cost you anywhere from £350 all the way up to even £600 or even more. Contrary to popular belief, however, this does not mean that they earn much money in comparison; their salaries rank as very average among other professions in Britain and can actually be below the average if one is only taking into account yearly earnings instead of hourly wages over an entire working year (UK). That being said, it might seem surprising because many would believe that such individuals could command higher rates for what seems like minimal effort performed on behalf of clients across numerous locations each week.  The equipment is expensive to start a tree surgeon business and the training is hard, physical, and pricey. When you book the services of a tree surgeon, I assure you that you get good value for money with their skilled workforce.

How much do tree surgeons earn?

There are few people who have not had to call a tree surgeon – but the services they provide can come at quite a shock to some people by way of the price!. A day’s work with these professionals will cost you anywhere from £350 all the way up to even £600 or even more. Contrary to popular belief, however, this does not mean that they earn much money in comparison; their salaries rank as very average among other professions in Britain and can actually be below the average if one is only taking into account yearly earnings instead of hourly wages over an entire working year (UK). That being said, it might seem surprising because many would believe that such individuals could command higher rates for what seems like minimal effort performed on behalf of clients across numerous locations each week.  The equipment is expensive to start a tree surgeon business and the training is hard, physical, and pricey. When you book the services of a tree surgeon, I assure you that you get good value for money with their skilled workforce.

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