West Lancashire Borough Council is warning residents to be wary of firms offering to prune their trees as the firms may not be qualified and insured for the job.
Concerns have been raised by the Borough Council as many people with gardens may be looking for someone to prune their trees during the spring and summer.
John Harrison, Assistant Director Planning and Development, said: “It is important that contractors carrying out works to trees are properly qualified and insured to do the work and use the correct protective equipment. People should be very wary of using companies or individuals that do not fit into those criteria.
“Residents should also be on their guard against companies that may try to coax them into having work done that may not be needed.”
The Council is also advising people they would need to apply to the authority for permission to carry out pruning works on a tree that is subject to the tree preservation order. Anyone who lives in a conservation area they would need to notify council officers prior to carrying out any pruning works.
For more information on looking after trees on your property, please visit trees, hedges and woodlands, where you can also find the Council’s list of approved arboricultural contractors.