SHDC have been made aware of cold-calling, potentially uninsured contractors claiming to be tree surgeons operating in the districts, targeting vulnerable (particularly elderly) residents and claiming to be fully qualified, fully insured tree surgeons, offering to do tree and garden works for cash. They are stating they can carry out works to protected trees legally and provide residents with a certificate to submit to us to avoid prosecution. No such certificate exists and this is not the case. An application to SHDC/WDBC in some form is required prior to carrying out works to any trees subject to a TPO or in a Conservation Area.
If you hear of any residents being approached by such contractors, please encourage them to take as many contact details for the contractors as possible along with vehicle registration numbers and descriptions of the individuals (if safe to do so) and report them to the police on 101 or via their website at https://www.police.uk/101/.
Please also observe the following important points:
Resident’s responsibilities in relation to ‘Protected Trees’ are outlined via the following links:
If you have any queries, please contact:
Tracy Webb, Case Manager (Trees), Tel: 01803 861470, email@example.com
South Hams District Council & West Devon Borough Council