It's important that tree care is undertaken in a professional manner to make sure our trees continue to provide the benefits for the city and future generations.
Tree work (arboriculture) requires a high degree of technical competence, supported by training and experience. For these reasons, we recommend that tree work is undertaken by well trained, competent arborists who are experienced at the type of work being undertaken, for example, tree pruning or tree removal.
The table below shows a list of businesses currently providing arboricultural services to Cambridge City Council under a Framework Agreement for Arboricultural Service 2017 to 2021.
This is not a list of recommended tree contractors but a list of those contractors that you may see working in our streets and open spaces undertaking tree works on our behalf. All of these contractors are ARB Approved by the Arboricultural Association.
- Acorn Environmental Management Group, 2a Eagle Road, North Moons Moat, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 9HF
- Glendale Countryside Limited, Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey EN9 2ER
- Maydencroft Ltd, Maydencroft Manor, Maydencroft Lane, Gosmore, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 7QA
- Mercer Tree Services Ltd, 10 Petlands, Little Walden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1XF
- PR Newson Ltd, Willow Cottage, Anstey, Buntingford, Hertfordshire SG9 0DN
- SP Landscapes and Tree Contractors Ltd, Arboracre, Elms Road, Red Lodge, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 8TD
- The CGM Group (East Anglia) Ltd, Reed House, Karoo Close, Bexwell Business Park, Downham Market, Norfolk PE38 9GA
What you should ask an arborist before engaging their services
- Are you insured? A tree contractor should be able to show you evidence of their Employers Liability & Public Liability (recommended minimum of £5 million)
- Do you work to a British Standard? As the recognised industry best practice guidelines, tree contractors should be working to British Standard 3998:2010 (‘Tree Work – Recommendations’)
- What qualifications (certificates of competence) do you and your staff hold? Tree contractors should have certificates for chainsaw use and any other arboricultural equipment being used (e.g. chippers, cherry pickers), issued by NPTC and/or Lantra Awards.
- Will you provide a written quotation? A reputable tree contractor should be able (and willing) to provide you with a written quotation.
- Can you provide me with the phone number of a referee who can show me some of your work? A reputable tree contractor should be able (and willing) to provide you with a reference.