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Please see the sections for our Health & Safety Policy, Terms & Conditions of Contract and Explanation of Terms.

Health & Safety Policy

The company accepts its statutory duties as regards health and safety and will ensure adequate resources are provided to make proper provision for the health, safety and welfare of its employees and the health and safety of others who may be affected by its work activities. It is, therefore, the policy of the company:

Franks Forestry Contractors
64 Dalkeith Road
Harpenden
Hertfordshire
AL5 5PW
01582 764 594

Our statement of general policy is:

– To provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities
– To consult with our employees on matters affecting their health and safety
– To provide and maintain safe plant, equipment and tools
– To ensure safe handling and use of substances
– To provide information, training and supervision for employees
– To ensure all employees are competent to do their tasks and to give them adequate training
– To prevent accidents and work related ill health
– To maintain safe and healthy working conditions; and
– To review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals


Terms & Conditions of Contract

THE CONTRACTOR

The Contractor agrees to perform the work in a competent manner according to BS3998:2010 and in compliance to the specification and quotations contained in the estimate.

ALL CONTRACTS

All Contracts and instructions are accepted on the basis of payment of full invoice price within 15 days of the date of invoice.

AMENDMENTS

Amendments to the Contract must be made in writing.

VALUE ADDED TAX

Where applicable, V.A.T. will be charged at the current rate.

COMPLAINTS

Any complaints which may arise from work performed under any Contract arising from acceptance of the estimate must be made within the period of seven days from the date of invoice, unless agreed in writing to the contrary.

TREE PRESERVATION ORDERS AND CONSERVATION AREAS

The trees concerned in the contract may be in a Conservation Area or be subject to a Tree Preservation Order. Upon receipt of the Owner’s written acceptance of the Contract, Franks Forestry Contractors will obtain the necessary permission to carry out the work from the relevant authority.

PRIVATE COVENANTS

Investigation of Private Covenants shall be the responsibility of the Owner and no liability shall attach to the Contractor for a breach of any such Covenant.

UNDERGROUND SERVICES

Unless a plan showing the exact location of underground pipes, wires or cables has been forwarded to us by the Owner of the land (or his agent) prior to the formation of the Contract, the Contractor shall be under no liability for the damage caused as a result of work performed under the Contract to such pipes, wires or cables, or for any damage to property resulting there from, and the Owner of the land or his agent shall be solely liable for any such damage.

POWERLINES OR TELEPHONE CABLES

Any charge for the removal of power lines or telephone cables to be the responsibility of the Owner, unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Contractor.

COMPLETION OF CONTRACT

The Contractor will not be liable in damages or otherwise because oF non-performance of a Contract arising on account of adverse weather conditions, strikes, lock-outs, war and civil commotion, or the lack of adequately skilled labour due to to causes beyond our control. Further, we retain the right in such circumstances to cancel the contract in whole, or in part. Completion dates shall be contingent upon weather conditions.

EXPIRY OF QUOTATION

Three months after the submission of the quotation, the Contractor reserves the right to withdraw and re-price work, unless otherwise agreed in writing on acceptance of instructions from the Owner.

HIDDEN OBSTRUCTIONS

Quotations for felling are based on the assumption of trees being free from metal, stone or other hidden obstructions. In the event of a tree being impossible to fell in the normal way, the Company reserves the right to re-quote accordingly.

STUMP GRINDING

Stump grinding involves the removal of the tree stump to 6 inches (approx.) below ground level but does not include the removal of lateral root or stump chippings unless specified.

SITE CONDITIONS

The Contract price is based on the site conditions existing at the time of the preparation of the estimate remaining unchanged.

INSURANCE COVER

All work carried out by the Contractor is covered by a Third Party and Public Liability Insurance of £10,000,000 for damage to persons or property that may result in the implementation of the Contract. Employment Liability Insurance of £10,000.000.


Explanation of Terms

PRUNING OF ESTABLISHING TREES

Pruning in order to promote good health and form in recently planted establishing trees. Carried out correctly, formative pruning can be the most effective means of pruning that a tree can recieve. It involves the early removal of potentially weak branches in order that a framework is developed, allowing the tree to mature with a more balanced and structurally sound crown. Correct pruning carried out on a tree in its formative years places significantly less stress on the specimen than if pruning is left until maturity.

CROWN CLEANING

Pruning to remove dead wood, diseased and dying wood, split or broken branches and crossing or rubbing branches.

CROWN THINNING

Pruning to remove branches as detailed in Crown Cleaning and the removal of further small diameter branches to obtain the required crown density. These branches will normally be below 5cm in diameter and spread evenly throughout the entire crown of the tree. Crown Thinning will not result in major alterations to the overall outline of the tree. The volume of the branches to be removed will normally be expressed as a percentage of the whole crown and should be considered as an approximate guideline only.

CROWN REDUCTION

Pruning to reduce the crown size in all directions to leave a balanced crown structure. It is a complete crown treatment and not just a reduction in height with no regard for the side branches. It is normally specified by the amount, in metres, that the crown is to be reduced by.

CROWN LIFTING

Pruning to remove the lowest branches which effectively increases the height of the main crown above the ground level. All the remaining branches will normally be above the height specified.

PRUNING OVERHANGING BRANCHES

Branches will be removed or pruned back to suitable replacements as specified. Overhead service wires will be cleared by at least 1m, walls by 2m and branches over buildings given at least 3m clearance, unless otherwise specified.

FORMAL CLIP/SHAPE

The formal shaping of evergreens and certain species of shrubs. The exterior branches are clipped back by an appropriate amount to leave a formal shape. Interior wood is not removed.

NATURAL TRIM

This is performed on evergreens and certain species of shrubs to help control and contain growth while maintaining a natural appearance. This is achieved by selective pruning of exterior branches. Interior wood is not removed.

FRUIT TREE PRUNING

Pruning of fruit trees in order to stimulate efficient fruit production. The method and timing of pruning varies between species. It is always intended to be carried out annually as part of an ongoing management programme.

TREE FELLING

Where space allows, the tree is felled in a single section using various techniques to control the direction of fall. When space allows, this is the standard method of tree removal.

TREE DISMANTLING

Where tree felling is not an option due to confined space or other considerations, the tree is dismantled in sections. This operation involves numerous techniques including the use of ropes and rigging techniques to control the lowering of the removed sections.

HAZARD TREE REMOVAL

In extreme circumstances, where the tree is in such a location or condition to make normal techniques for its removal unsuitable, advanced methods are utilised. These include, amongst others, tree removal using Cranes or Mobile Elevated Platforms.

STUMP GRINDING

During normal tree felling or dismantling, the main stump of the tree will be left in the ground and cut off as close to soil level as possible without further digging. During stump grinding, the stump will be ground into chips with a specialised machine to a maximum depth of 300mm below the existing soil level over the width of the trunk cross section. Smaller roots spreading out from the main stump will be left undisturbed in the soil. The resulting soil/chip mixture will be left tidily at the position of the original stump unless otherwise stated.


Environmental – Recycling

As part of our environmental policy we strive to run as a sustainable business and recycle through all aspects of our work.

Tree surgery generates large quantities of green waste such as woodchip and timber; we are currently recycling 95% of our waste and aim to increase this up to 100%. We are currently supplying large quantities of wood chip to biomass facilities throughout the UK, for the generation of minimum-carbon power plants utilized both in large-scale electricity generation and smaller, on-site industrial power plants.

We convert all hardwood timber into logs using our firewood processor, all timber is seasoned and ready to burn on open fires, log burners, Chimineas etc. and can be purchased and delivered.

Health and Safety Policy Statement in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974