What is an Arboricultural Association Approved cONTRACTOR?
Down to Earth Trees Ltd prides itself on being an approved contractor since 1987.
What does it mean?
ARB Approved Contractor is the only comprehensive accreditation scheme for professional tree surgery businesses in the United Kingdom.
An ARB Approved Contractor (ArbAC) is a business that has been assessed by the Arboricultural Association, 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 Codes of Ethics and Professional Conduct and has paid the appropriate annual scheme management fee.
The Arboricultural Association Approved Contractor scheme has been setting the standards for tree surgery work for more than 40 years. The Arboricultural industry is not regulated by government but has a high accident potential and a responsibility to care for the UK's rich tree heritage.
The Arboricultural Association's assessment of Approved Contractors is not limited to their knowledge of trees and tree maintenance but also includes:
· Their understanding and practical application of current arboricultural practice.
· Their compliance with legislative requirements of arboricultural contracting.
· Their compliance with health and safety requirements of arboricultural contracting.
· Their high levels of service to clients through efficient business management.
A Recognised Benchmark
In 2012 the scheme attained ISO 9001 (UKAS) accreditation in recognition of its quality management systems and is now a registered member of SSIP (The Safety Schemes in Procurement forum - the umbrella organisation for recognised health & safety schemes in the UK.) This brings further acceptance and credibility to the scheme and its members who uphold the national standard for arboricultural contracting businesses.
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. Tree owners can rely on ARB Approved Contractors for appropriate advice and services.