Wiltshire based tree surgeons and arborists, Bawden Tree Care, has achieved the coveted ‘Approved Contractor’ accolade from the Arboricultural Association (AA) at the first attempt.
Bawden’s Tree Care Manager, David Abrahams, who only recently joined the company, was full of praise for the tree surgery teams: “This was a massive team effort and reflects the quality of the guys and the pride they take in their work. We are privileged to carry out tree surgery works for local authorities, the Defence Estate, and many Town and Parish Councils across the South of England and although they already know we always do an excellent job, ‘Approved Contractor’ status acknowledges our position amongst the top tree surgery companies in the country.”
Company Director Richard Stone sees ‘Approved Contractor’ status as crucial to furthering the company’s ambitions to build its tree surgery division: “Tree care in all its forms is very much the challenge of the day. With the increasing number of serious tree pests and diseases in the country tree surgeons must be well trained, both to identify the cause of tree disease and then to have the practical skills to save trees where at all possible or, if this cannot be achieved, to ensure they are felled correctly and safely. Our existing clients rely on our teams to do the very best for their tree stock; ‘Approved Contractor’ status gives them the peace of mind that this will happen.”
Bawden Tree Care undertake work throughout Wiltshire including Devizes, Marlborough, Salisbury, and Swindon, and join a small number of Arboricultural Association Approved Contractors in the county of Wiltshire.
More about being “ARB APPROVED”
Nearly 40 years ago the AA established its Approved Contractor scheme to set the standard for tree work – an industry not regulated by government but one that cares for the largest living organisms on the planet in some of the most hostile growing environments.
In 2012 the scheme attained ISO 9001 (UKAS) accreditation in recognition of its quality management systems and is now a registered member of SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement forum, the ‘umbrella’ organisation for recognised health & safety schemes in the UK.) This brings further acceptance and credibility to its scheme members as the national standard for arboricultural contracting businesses.
The ARB Approved Contractor scheme offers a recognised benchmark for arboricultural contracting throughout the UK and Ireland and is increasingly required by Local Authorities and other large commercial organisations. ARB Approved Contractor is also of benefit in the domestic sector as a quality mark assuring the client of good quality tree care undertaken safely and efficiently.
What is an ARB Approved Contractor?
An ARB Approved Contractor (ArbAC) is a business that has been assessed by the AA, has met and continues to uphold the AA’s Standards (both the ArbAC Standard relevant to the size of the business and the AA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct) and has paid the appropriate scheme management fee.
The benefits to TREES are:
Trees are living, dynamic organisms that need appropriate management and care to ensure their safety, longevity and continued contribution to the landscape.
The benefits to tree OWNERS are:
Quality assured tree care services from contractors assessed and approved by the nation’s largest representative arboricultural body bring security to tree owners and managers in an industry renowned for more than its fair share of unscrupulous contractors. Tree owners can rely on ArbACs for appropriate advice and services.