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Arborist Direct Glasgow are a professional local tree surgeon Glasgow and West of Scotland wide. A tree care company of expert arborists who are trained in tree health as well as pruning and felling. We know whats needed to keep your trees healthy, not just how to use a chainsaw.

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Our Glasgow Arborist Direct team are experienced professionals with a love for trees and the environment. We request client reviews to make sure that work is kept up to a great standard.

  • Fully Trained and Certified
  • NPTC Certification
  • Arboricultural Society Membership
  • Fully Insured
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Our staff are experienced and trained to a high standard because of the hazardous nature of the work we do. The business has been running for 2 years under the name Arborist Direct Glasgow but the team leader has 7 years experience following his education and training as an arborist and the rest of the team have as much or more time and education and training in the industry.

Our Glasgow tree surgeons and Glasgow arborists all posses the relavent industry standard NPTC certification

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We are proud to be able to provide excellent professional Glasgow tree surgeons and Glasgow arborists and offer complete arboriculture services for both residential and commercial clients.

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  • All local Arborist Direct Teams work to the same high National Arborist Direct Standards.

Arborist Direct Glasgow is a local Glasgow tree surgeon and arborist company that can offer a full range of top tree services. From standard tree work and tree care and maintenance through to specialized tree surgery our Glasgow tree surgeon and arborist team have it covered. For more detailed information see the ‘Local Services’ for Glasgow at the bottom of the page.

A testimonial from a satisfied customer earlier this year:

“Happy to recommend Arborist Direct to anyone. They took down a a tree that almost fell in a storm and pruned another 5 to make them safe for any more high wind. They were efficient and cleaned up after the job was done.” Jim Reid. Giffnock.

Local Glasgow Tree Surgeon and Arborist Services

Tree Pruning & Climbing Tree Surgeons

Tree pruning can sometimes be done from the ground or with the aid of mobile elevating work platforms. (MEWPs) But for many trees, pruning will involve a climber tree surgeon. This is a specialist tree surgeon who can climb high into the tree canopy with ropes a harness and a chainsaw.

There are a range of different types of pruning from crown reduction, crown shaping, crown thinning, and crown raising.

Depending on the type of tree, its health the light desired to pass through the canopy for the clearance required beneath the canopy our expert Glasgow tree surgeons can guide you to the best solution.

(More information on Glasgow Tree Pruning here)

Tree Felling & Tree Removal

Tree felling services, sometimes called tree cutting services, are involved when an entire tree is either cut down in one piece if there is enough space to do so safely, or by dismantling the tree, branch by branch and section by section.

Usually working from the top down, a climbing tree surgeon can cut the tree into small sections and each section can be lowered to the ground with ropes. This is much safer than bringing down the whole tree in one go.

Once on the ground the branches and trunk sections can be further cut up if required and remove from the site.

(More information on Glasgow Tree Felling here)

Tree Stump Removal

Once a tree has been felled and removed from site, the tree stump is still left in the ground. This can either be left in place or removed.

But if left in place it can sometimes become infected by a fungus which can kill neighboring trees and plants.

Tree surgeons can remove the stump with different methods depending on the size and situation of the tree. For smaller roots systems, they may be dug out or pulled out with a winch. Larger stumps can be mechanically ground down using a stump grinder or excavator.

(More information on Glasgow Tree Stump Removal here)

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Hedge Maintenance

Our Arborist Direct Glasgow team can provide a range of hedge maintenance services from trimming to pollarding and removal of hedges. This is especially helpful when hedges become very tall and require working at height with dangerous cutting tools.

Annual pruning is important. For instance if beech hedges are left without pruning throughout their life they will grow into trees rather than hedges.

(More information on Glasgow Hedge Maintenance here)

Commercial Tree Surgeon Work

In West or Scotland & Glasgow tree surgeon, arborist and ecological survey work can be carried out for commercial clients. Public buildings, offices and other commercial property that needs a maintenance schedule to keep the property looking great all year. We can provide the required health and safety risk assessments and maintenance schedules required and can work to BS 3998:2010 compliance.

If you have trees on your grounds which need work. We can outline and arrange for ongoing maintenance plans to be carried out on an ongoing basis.

(More information on Glasgow Commercial Tree Surgeon Work here)

Emergency Tree Work and Storm Damage

In some cases, especially when hit by storms and strong wind, trees can fall or branches can break in dangerous ways.

Storm damage can leave trees and limbs in dangerous positions above buildings or property or can be left blocking roads or pathways. In these cases our tree surgeons can come at short notice to safely remove the trees or branches.

(More information on Glasgow Emergency Tree Work here)

Tree Planting

Please enquire about tree planting advice and services. Our arborists will be able to advise you on the best trees to use for the effect you are looking for as well as the suitability or the soil and situation for different species and the correct time of year and methods for planting.

(More information on Glasgow Tree Planting here)

Ecological and Wildlife Surveys

Ecological surveys and protection is a particular love and specialty for our team leader Rikky who has carried out bat surveys across Scotland for both private clients and public organizations.

(More information on Glasgow Ecological and Bat Surveys here)

Tree Diseases Identified & Treated

Sometimes diseased trees or dangerous trees do need to be felled and removed but in many cases it may be possible to treat or prune the tree to restore its health and preserve its beauty or the surrounding habitat.

Tree Surgeons in Glasgow Covering Central Scotland

Covering the Greater Glasgow area and beyond our tree surgeons often travel to provide services across Scotland.

Arborist Direct Glasgow are proud to provide you with outstanding local professionals. From the leafy parks and gardens of the West End all the way towards Loch Lomond and the Trossachs in the North and from Baillieston and beyond to the central belt in the East.

Properly Trained and Educated

Local tree care specialists are all trained for the specific tree services they carry out. They have training and qualifications from awarding bodies such as NPTC and hold memberships with professional bodies like the Arboricultural Association.

Fully Insured

Local Provider professional arborists and tree surgeons are covered by the correct public liability and employer’s liability insurances.

Fair Pricing

All tree surgery and tree care work can vary greatly from job to job and individual quotes will be provided following site visits for each requested job.

Costs depend on the quantity and difficulty of the work and the amount or machinery and people required on site to carry out tasks. West of Scotland and Glasgow tree surgeon costs and high climbing tree pruning or tree trimming costs will nearly always include at least two or three personnel, due to ground site safety, first aid and rescue requirements for this type of work.

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Keeping You Informed of Any Legal Issues

Our professional arborists will aim to advise clients of their responsibilities such as checking for tree preservation orders and wildlife implications. This will help to make sure that the client doesn’t run into any problems by commissioning inappropriate tree work or tree maintenance.

What To Do If You Have Bats In Your Trees

Some protected animal species such as bats build their homes in trees and we can provide the necessary wildlife surveys required prior to any tree work.

In 2017 some of our  glasgow tree surgeons Glasgow arborists have been involved in climbing and surveying over 2000 trees for bats for the national transport agency for Scotland. That’s a lot of climbing to keep our little furry friends safe!

(More information on Glasgow Bat Surveys here)

Arborist Direct Glasgow Cares for the Environment

Whether they are a Glasgow tree surgeon or an arborist our staff work in this industry because of a love for the environment and the trees that make up an important part of it.

From the health of the trees and the plant life surrounding them, to the wildlife living in and amongst the trees, each is an integral part of the environment we love, work and live with.

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10 Things To Know When You Hire A Tree Surgeon

Tree surgery and tree care is nearly always something you should look to hire a qualified professional for. Some small jobs where you have both feet on the ground may be handled by a confident homeowner. However, generally if any tree work involved not having both of your feet of solid ground the you should always look to hire a professional. The work requires years of proper training and experience and can often involve risks to peoples safety and the safety of surrounding property. To make sure you keep yourself protected and get the best service from any tree care professional you hire there are some basic important questions you should have covered from the beginning.

  1. Up to Date Insurance? This is the single most important question. In the UK, you as the land owner are legally responsible for any work carried out on your property. To safeguard yourself and any neighbors or passers-by you need to make sure that your tree surgeon or arborist has an to date insurance and that you will not be liable for any potential injuries, accidents or damage to property. Normally every tree care professional will carry both public liability insurance and a professional insurance as their work is potentially hazardous and they understand the need to protect themselves against the worst happening.
  2. Tree Surgeon, Arborist or a Man with a Chainsaw?! Not all tree care professionals are the same. A groundsman who works only on the ground will usually as a minimum hold a chainsaw qualification but they will usually only be there to help the tree surgeon or arborist while they are working at height and to keep the work area clear. A tree surgeon will have some training in trees and tree health and the best ways in which to carry out pruning or felling safely and by minimizing any damage to the tree. A climbing tree surgeon, as the name suggests will also have qualifications for working at height often climbing into the canopy of the tree . An arborist, as well as having any or all of the qualifications of a tree surgeon will have studied arboriculture and will have an in depth knowledge of how to best care for the health of a tree throughout its long lifespan.
  3. Are they Qualified? What Credentials do the have? Unlike professions like medicine or engineering tree surgery and arboriculture to not have one over riding body controlling qualification. There are a range of training, education and certification bodies all of which go towards the credentials of a professional tree surgeon or arborist. As a minimum the workers should carry the required NPTC certification and although it is noty a requirement it is often a good sign if they are Members of the Arboricultural Society. There are a wide range of membership types with the arboricultural society and just because a large company is an ARB Approved Contractor does not mean that a smaller company or individual is any less capable or qualified but it can be a helpful indicator.
  4. References. These days references can be easily found online through sources like the company’s Google Business Page, Facebook Page or some directories such as Look for 4 and 5 star reviews as a good guide of happy customers.
  5. A Detailed Work Estimate. For small one day jobs a verbal quote is often sufficient and in Scotland verbal contracts are still legally binding. However for larger works requiring several days or extra men or machinery it is often advisable to get a detailed work summary and written quote so that you and the contractor both know where you stand. Before the job starts you should be aware of how the work will be carried out and what men and equipment will be used. You will want to know if any heavy machinery will need to come on site and you will probably want any damage to lawns or flower beds being kept to a minimum and repaired afterwards if some damage is unavoidable. Skilled climbing arborists will be able to minimise any damage using special rope techniques to lower heavy tree sections slowly and safely to the ground for removal.
  6. Tree Preservation Orders. This is the responsibility of you as the land owner but a good tree care professional will be able to advise you fully on what to do. Some trees are marked by local councils, usually the planning departments, as “protected.” Sometimes this means that a tree can not be touched and sometimes work can be carried out if the required permission is obtained from the council beforehand. If you do not do this and go ahead with tree trimming or felling works without permission you can be liable to some very significant fines and prosecution.
  7. Protected Wildlife. Wildlife such as birds and bats are protected to varying degrees in the UK. Bats are a protected species and as such any trees must be checked for bats roosting prior to works being carried out. If bats are found the tree care professional will be able to inform you of what steps can be taken to continue with the work. From February until August is the official nesting season but in reality nesting can take place slightly before and after this. Trees must always be checked for nesting prior to work taking place and for this reason tree surgery work is much quieter in these months.
  8. How Long Will the Work Take? When the estimate and work description is given to you the length of the time the work will take will also be made clear. Following on from the above notes about bird nesting season though it will sometimes be necessary to delay the beginning of the work until there is no threat to wildlife and there is any required permission in place for trees with preservation orders. On top of this a professional arborist or tree surgeon will be able to advise the best time of year to carry out works such as trimming or pruning so as to cause the least harm to the health of the tree.
  9. No bad practices! Topping and tree climbing with spikes are two big no nos! Topping is a practice where the height of a tree is significantly reduced by cutting a large portion of the living main stem of the tree. This can endanger the life or longevity of a tree significant;y and should not be carried out unless absolutely necessary due to safety reasons. If a trees height need reducing significantly this may require work to be carried out over several seasons. Three surgeons who climb into the canopy of a tree to carry out trimming or thinning of the canopy should also know that they should not wear boots with spikes which dig into the tree. These cause open wounds on the tree which can allow disease in and reduce the life expectancy of a tree.
  10. Safety Standards. Finally you should be re-assured by the tree care company that all required safety precautions will be carried out. from roping off areas to avoid damage to people or vehicles through to safe lowering of tree sections and sectional tree dismantling and the basics such as personal protective equipment being work by all crew. Hard hats , face visors, chainsaw safety trousers and safety boots.

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