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Environmental Policy

East Devon Tree Care is committed to sustainability and recognises that consideration to the environment is a priority and therefore actively promotes and upholds this environmental policy and implements this into everyday activities. We recognise our responsibility to prevent pollution in all parts of ouroperations, safeguard the environment and take positive steps to minimise the environmental impacts of our operations. We aim to comply with applicable legislation, regulations and industry codes of practice, and seek to implement best practice therefore we have adopted the following environmentally considerate methods.

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Waste Management and Recycling

Our commitment is to minimise waste and recycle wherever possible. We feed as much as we can of our green waste through a brushwood chipper.

This allows us to create the by product of chippings which, once matured to mulch, can be used on garden planting beds, footpaths, playgrounds, for tree planting etc.

Timber which is too big to chip can be cut to pieces and stacked neatly on site where appropriate, and this can be used later as fuel for wood burners. Where possible we have a local contact who will take the wood for us to be stored and used later for furniture and decorative item purposes.

Environmental Impact

Our commitment wherever possible is to lessen our environmental impact by:

  • Working within guidelines set out in:
    • The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (amended 2004)
    • The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000
    • The Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986
    • Part III of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985
    • The Environmental Protection Act 1990
    • The Pollution Prevention & Control Act 1999.
    • The Protection of Badgers Act 1992
    • Hazardous Waste (England & Waste) Regulations 2005
    • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (2002)
    • The Environment Act 1995
  • Ensuring that all persons engaged by the company have a sound knowledge of the impact of our business on the environment and what they can do to reduce it.
  • Using energy and water efficiently and optimise our use of natural resources.
  • Keeping areas clean and tidy, communicate with local people and clients to ensure that our activities cause minimum disruption.
  • Using bio-degradable chainsaw oil and recycling oil containers where possible.
  • Encouraging modes of transport, which minimise environmental impact, ensure that our staff are aware of efficient driving and examine the operation of our vehicles on a weekly basis.
  • Purchasing equipment designed to reduce environmental impact.
  • Working within guidelines set out in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, the Countryside Rights of Way Act 2000, the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 and Part III of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985.
  • Holding a Waste Carriers Licence issued by the Environment Agency – a legal requirement for the moving of green waste material. Our registration number is EAN/956813.
  • Regularly monitor, audit and review our environmental programme to ensure continuous improvement, and identify examples of best practice that may be shared throughout the company

Wildlife Protection

All birds and their nests and eggs are protected by law under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981), the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000) and the Habitat Regulations (2007).

Many other species of animals are also protected including bats, badgers, dormice and newts. East Devon Tree Care routinely undertake a Habitat Disturbance Assessment at all sites before undertaking any tree work.

Where it is known, or it is believed to be likely that, protected species or their habitats may be present, full consideration will be given to minimising the effect of any proposed tree work on these species. These measures may include any of the following:

  • Postponing or abandoning work around affected areas, i.e. undertaking works to hedges likely to contain nesting birds outside of the bird nesting season;
  • Seeking expert advice, i.e. contacting a trained bat worker where a tree is identified as being highly likely to contain bats or their roosts;
  • Modifying works to avoid affected areas, i.e. retaining trunks as standing dead wood where identified as being of habitat potential;
  • Specifying works to be undertaken in such a way so as to reduce the impact of these
  • Works on protected species or habitats i.e. retaining ivy or dead wood.

All team leaders are aware of the current legislation around protected species and their habitats.

Veteran Trees

East Devon Tree Care recognise the value of these unique ancient habitats. Veteran trees require specialised management techniques, with long term ecological considerations requiring perspectives of decades rather than years. East Devon Tree Care are committed to giving the most up to date advice on the management of veteran trees and their associated habitats.