Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I obtain a quote?

A: Get in touch and Town & Country Tree Services will arrange a free, no obligation site inspection so that we can assess work required.

Q: What is a Tree Preservation Order?

A: A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is an order made by a local planning authority in England to protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interests of amenity. An Order prohibits the:

  • cutting down
  • topping
  • lopping
  • uprooting
  • wilful damage
  • wilful destruction

of trees without the local planning authority’s written consent. If consent is given, it can be subject to conditions which have to be followed. In the Secretary of State’s view, cutting roots is also a prohibited activity and requires the authority’s consent. (source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tree-preservation-orders-and-trees-in-conservation-areas#tree-preservation-orders–general)

Q: How can I use the wood chippings?

A: The ‘waste’ wood chips can often be used as excellent garden mulch or rustic garden paths, although use can depend on the type of chippings. We can advise you.

Q: What indicates a hazardous tree?

A few signs to look for:

  • Cavities or decayed wood along the trunk or in major branches
  • Mushrooms on the trunk or roots
  • Horizontal or vertical cracks
  • Nearby fallen trees
  • A significant lean
  • Brocken or damaged roots
  • Nearby electrical lines
  • Large dead branches
  • Q: Should my mature trees be regularly inspected?

    A: Regular examinations of leaf size, buds, appearance, growth, etc can limit the severity of future diseases and conditions. It can also indicate environmental issues that are affecting your trees. Far better to prevent problems if possible.

    Q: What is the best time of year for tree and hedge work?

    A: The answer is it depends on the species, although after leaf fall is usually recommended. We can advise on inspection. Hedge cutting is covered under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 and, again, we can advise of correct and safe trimming on inspection.

    If you have any questions about Regarding Trees and Tree Care, please contact us