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Arboricultural Association Approved Contractors

The ARB Approved Contractor scheme offers a recognised benchmark for arboricultural contracting throughout the UK and Ireland and is increasingly required by Local Authorities and other large commercial organisations. ARB Approved Contractor is also of benefit in the domestic sector as a quality mark assuring the client of good quality tree care undertaken safely and efficiently.

Visit the Arboricultural Association website to find out more.

SSIP – Safety Schemes in Procurement

The Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) Limited forum is an umbrella organisation which facilitates and maximises mutual or cross-recognition of Health & Safety assessments between SSIP Member Schemes. All organisations listed on the SSIP Portal have successfully achieved certification with one of our member schemes to support pre qualification stage health and safety capability assessments. At the point of assessment the organisation was able to demonstrate compliance with the SSIP Core Criteria.

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ACDC Register Accredited Contractors

Being part of the ACDC Register ensures that you are committed to best practice, you are joining an established accreditation body that you can trust and you are being guided and assessed to the very highest standard of quality within the industry.

Visit the ACDC Register website to find out more

Trustmark – Government Endorsed Standards in Tree Surgery – Accredited Contractors

TrustMark is the only Government endorsed scheme for almost all trades in and around the home. Registered firms are awarded with their accreditation after thorough vetting and on-site inspections to ensure the firm is raising industry standards.

Visit the Trustmark website to find out more.

Using TrustMark ADR Service

In the unlikely event that you are not happy with our services provided, by law, we are required to inform you that TrustMark provides an alternative dispute resolution service that would be competent to deal with any dispute that may arise.

We have chosen to participate in the TrustMark alternative dispute resolution service, and as such, should you wish to use this service, you must do so by sending an email to:,  by telephoning: 0333 555 0334 or by writing to TrustMark at TrustMark House, 5 Prisma Park, Berrington Way, Basingstoke, Hants, RG24 8GT.


Consultancy accreds 2017

Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) Registered User

Matthew Shute is a registered user of The Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) system. The QTRA system applies established and accepted risk management principles to tree safety management.

Professional Member of the Arboricultural Association

Matthew Shute (M.Arbor.A) is a professional member of the Arboricultural Association. Membership no PR00669. Professional membership is open to anyone who has at least 2 years of industry experience at a professional level. Professional members must hold at least a Level 5 qualification in arboriculture or have demonstrable equivalent experience. As with all Arboricultural Association memberships, members are bound by their Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. It also demonstrates a high level of expertise, capability, integrity and industry awareness.


VETCert – Certified Veteran Tree Specialist

Matthew Shute was one of the first contractors to pass the new pan-European Veteran tree work qualification. He has specialised in working with ancient and veteran trees for 15 years. This new qualification has been a great way for him to demonstrate his knowledge and skills in one of the more specialist fields of Arboriculture. Many thanks to the Ancient Tree Forum and The Arboricultural Association for the opportunity to trial the pilot exams.