Tree surgery and grounds maintenance contractor, Bawden Contracting Services Ltd, has achieved the coveted "˜Approved Contractor' accolade from the Arboricultural Association (AA) at the first attempt.
The assessment took place recently with the AA's assessor observing Bawden's tree teams at work and scrutinising the tree surgery division's operational and health and safety management, record keeping, and its approach to customer service.
Bawden's Tree Care Manager, Charlie Horsfall, who only joined the company in May 2014, was full of praise for his two tree teams and the tremendous support they receive from office staff: "This was a massive effort by the tree teams and by the team in the office who are in daily contact with clients – they all take tremendous pride in their work.
"We are privileged to carry out tree surgery works for local authorities, the Defence Estate, and many town and parish councils across the South of England and although they already know we always do an excellent job, "˜Approved Contractor' status acknowledges our position amongst the top tree surgery companies in the country."
Both Charlie and company director Richard Stone see "˜Approved Contractor' status as crucial to furthering the company's ambitions to build its tree surgery division. Richard said: "Tree care in all its forms is very much the challenge of the day.
"With the increasing number of serious tree pests and diseases in the country, tree surgeons must be well trained, both to identify the cause of tree disease and then to have the practical skills to save trees where at all possible or, if this cannot be achieved, to ensure they are felled correctly and safely. Our existing clients rely on our teams to do the very best for their tree stock; "˜Approved Contractor' status gives them the peace of mind that this will happen."
In addition to all tree surgery services, Bawden carries out surveys of client tree stock using visual and tomographic means.