Liam Healy BSc. (Hons.), MSc., CSci.|
I'm a graduate of Durham (BSc Hons) and Hull (MSc) Universities and a Chartered Scientist.
All well and good, but my unexpected journey into tree surgery began when my family
acquired an ex-forestry site in the Scottish Borders, which we set about
saving from clear felling and returning to a natural regeneration model of
As time passed and I acquired formal training and
qualifications, word spread that I was spending my spare time as a
forester. Before long, my family and friends began to ask if I could help
them out with their tree related problems. I was happy to help and found I
enjoyed it immensely.
Removing an over-enthusiastic Leylandii or an
out of control sycamore was nothing to me - not
only was I used to dealing with trees twice that size, but since we owned
them, I had developed a way of working which was sensitive, low impact and
respectful to the environment.
Over time, the tree work side
of my life grew into a business in its own right and I
now head up a small team of professionally trained and qualified tree
South Tyneside Registered Safe Traders
proud to be a registered
Tyneside Council Safe Trader.
The South Tyneside Safe Trader Scheme has been set up by South Tyneside
Council’s Trading Standards Service for the benefit of both local consumers
and businesses. It aims to reassure consumers, providing advice and
information on employing a trader and working together to get things right
first time. Businesses registered with the scheme have all demonstrated
their commitment to fair and honest trading practices and delivering good
It is difficult for customers, especially those
who are vulnerable, to know if they are dealing with traders who
comply with all the rules and regulations which apply to their businesses;
who operate in a fair and honest way; and who offer high standards of
workmanship. The scheme was originally set up with funding from Northumbria
Police to tackle this and aims to ensure a level of service which both
reflects good practice and satisfies most customers, whilst promoting
competent standards, which traders also regard as reasonable.
order to be included on the Register, a Trader must pass a
county court and trading standards records check, and show commitment to
trading in compliance with the standards of the scheme including:
Disclosing business names correctly on all necessary documentation.
Not restricting consumer’s rights.
• Using accurate descriptions.
Supplying goods, which are of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose and as
• Work with reasonable care and skill, within a reasonable
time and at a reasonable price.
• To only undertake work for which they are
qualified and legally able to complete.
• To notify customers in
advance where a callout charge will be made.
• To quote prices which are
• To give written estimates / quotations.
• To provide
• To treat customers’ property with care.
• To produce
all documents in plain English and deal with all complaints promptly and
Trading Standards Approved
We are also members of the Business Approval Register, which means we are
Data Protection Registered
The Data Protection Registrar is now the Information Commissioner's
Office (ICO). Under the Data Protection Act 1998 anyone who stores personal
information about another individual has to maintain an entry on the ICO
Register of Data Controllers. Because tree surgeons have a legal obligation
to store certain client details (e.g. risk assessment documentation, waste
removal details) they are required to be registered as Data Controllers
under the Act.
Our ICO registration number is Z5281155.
Public & Employers' Liability Insurance
We have current specialist Tree Surgeon £5 million Public & Products Liability
Insurance, £5 million Pollution Liability Cover and £10 million Employer's
We are trained in risk assessment and are required
to carry out a site specific written risk assessment for every job.
We do this as a matter of routine - you don't need to worry about it.
Risk assessment isn't Health and Safety gone mad. Tree surgery can be a
dangerous activity if not done correctly, and a thorough risk assessment is
an essential tool in reducing the risks involved not only to us, but
to yourself, your property and to the public.
Our risk assessment takes account of :
- Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
- Wildlife and Countryside (Amendment)
- Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000
- Conservation of
Habitats and Species Regulations 2012 (amendment)
- Health and Safety at
Work Act 1974
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- Work at Height Regulations 2005
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
- Personal Protective equipment at Work Regulations 1992
- Control of Substances
Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
We are NPTC Arboriculture qualified in chainsaw use,
felling, cross cutting, tree climbing and aerial rescue, using a chainsaw from a rope and
harness, felling oversize trees, and aerial tree rigging. These
qualifications have replaced the old City & Guilds 'CS' - qualification system.
Registered Waste Carriers
It is an offence to move waste without holding the
appropriate Environment Agency Licence. All of our waste is recycled and and
we are registered as waste carriers with the Environment Agency
(Registration number CBDL3248)