British Standard 3998 : 2010

Fourty-four years since BS 3998:2010 Tree Work - Recommendations first showed its face, the standard has been reviewed to consider the many advances in terms of arboricultural practices and understanding.

What is BS 3998:2010?

The standard was first produced in 1966, and was then revised in 1989. It gives general recommendations for various types of tree work and provides guidance on management options for established trees and overgrown hedges; some shrubs could also be considered, as they can have similar characteristics to trees. Whilst the standard does not give guidance on undertaking arboricultural surveys, it does consider the impact of work on an individual tree in relation to neighbouring trees.

The Updated Standard

BS 3998:2010 has been fully updated and expanded to incorporate changes in the law and working practices concerning established trees, especially in regards to:
- The safety of people and property.
- Decision-making criteria.
- Wildlife and habitats.
- Veteran trees.
Bawden Tree Care complete all tree surgery in accordance with the recommendations and standards set out within BS 3998:2010 where possible.

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