We take our responsibility for environmental stewardship seriously. We believe that like every company, we should play a constructive role in helping to address the challenges facing our environment. As the UK’s largest specialist arboricultural company we have a particular duty to ensure that the work we carry out on trees, is performed in a sustainable manner.
Our ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) informs the way we work every day. Each year we are externally audited to ensure compliance. We work closely with our clients, industry partners and local communities to promote the environmental benefits of trees and we plant in excess of 5,000 trees each year.
Prior to any work commencing, the tree and its surrounding areas are assessed for the presence of protected species, some of which are subject to season-specific legislation. All works are planned in order to limit their potential impact on wildlife generally. We take into account the seasonal cycles of the species of flora and fauna concerned (including the nesting habitats of birds and egg-laying habits of insects).
We encourage our clients to use watering bags on newly planted trees. The water is slowly released directly on the root ball of the tree greatly reducing run off and wasted water.
To read more about our tree consultancy services, capability and work we have done, visit our consultancy pages here.
Energy That Grows On Trees
In 2010, we successfully secured a government grant to establish North London’s first official wood fuel hub. Through this grant, and our own investment, we have ensured that all arisings produced as a by-product of our operations can be converted into wood fuel. This means that no wood material ends up at landfill or is wasted.
The majority of the woodchip we produce is used to generate electricity. We have negotiated several contracts with buyers of premium grade woodchip for use in the new generation of low emission biomass boilers.
We currently contribute in the region of 50,000 tonnes per year to the production of renewable energy. We also provide woodchip to the paper and composting industry and supply good quality wood to local carpenters.