Arb Approved Contractor – FULL RE-APPROVAL
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.
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.
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 Codes of Ethics and Professional Conduct) and has paid the appropriate annual scheme management fee.
Beechwood Trees and Landscapes Ltd first gained Arb Approved Contractor in 2009, we have been audited a number of times since then, including our most recent audit with Kevin Moore in April 2017.
The Arboricultural Association’s assessment of Approved Contractors is not limited to our knowledge of trees and tree maintenance but also:
- The understanding and practical application of current arboricultural practice
- The compliance with legislative requirements of arboricultural contracting
- The compliance with health and safety requirements of arboricultural contracting (endorsed by the CHAS scheme)
- The high levels of service to clients through efficient business management.
The date of our visit was given as Wednesday 26 April, luckily we receive regular audits, both internally and externally, so we didn’t have a huge amount of preparation to do. However, as we wanted to impress the assessor we undertook a full company health check to ensure we were fully compliant. We also briefed our teams on the expectations of the day so there were no surprises.
The audit went pretty smoothly, in the morning we covered office based documentation, systems and processes, following this we visited one of our tree teams in action where Kevin got the opportunity to question our operatives. We then visited some sites to inspect some of our completed works, including crown reduction, thinning and lifting, to give Kevin the opportunity to check the quality of our work.
We were pleased to receive notification from Paul Smith, the scheme manager from the Arboricultural Association that the outcome of the day was FULL RE-APPROVAL!!
For information on choosing an arborist, please click on the link http://www.trees.org.uk/Trees.org.uk/media/Trees-org.uk/Documents/Choosing-Your-Arborist-Leaflet-Public-Web.pdf