West Lancashire Borough Council is advising residents to check carefully if firms offering to prune their trees are suitably qualified and insured to carry out this work, and charge a fair rate.
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.
Councillor John Hodson, Portfolio Holder for Planning, 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 and charge them more than the going rate for this work. It is always a good idea to try and get more than one quote for work on trees to get more of an idea of what work is needed and how much it should cost.”
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 a tree preservation order. Anyone who lives in a conservation area would also need to notify council officers prior to carrying out any pruning works to trees.
For more information on looking after trees on your property, please visit the Council’s website trees, where you can also find the Council’s list of approved arboricultural contractors. These firms are fully qualified and insured to carry out works to trees.