Danger – Artificial Grass

We are experiencing a growing number of claims for damage to artificial grass which is creating a headache for contractors and insurers alike. The reality is that artificial grass is becoming more and more popular and unfortunately most artificial lawns are not surrounded by plastic palm trees like the set of a 1970s love island.…

Good News & Bad News

The Arb Show has also been cancelled this year  but the good news is that  the Virtual Arb Show is back once again. So put 28th -30th May in your diary and click on the link below. Let us hope for the real thing next year and an end to social distancing! https://www.trees.org.uk/News-Blog/Latest-News/Virtual-ARB-Show-returns-for-2021

APF Postponed

Europe’s largest Forestry and Arb Show has been postponed from this September until 2022.  I totally get that everybody’s safety is paramount but this show isn’t on for another 6 months and Boris has assured us we will be back to normal by then. Well I guess next year’s show will be even busier. Let’s…

Blackthorn Alert

Last year we had a run of injury claims for Blackthorn infections. What is it about this thorn that causes such an issue? Can somebody help? A few years ago one client almost lost the end of a finger – yet apparently Blackthorn is not poisonous ? Thankfully he had Personal Injury Cover so he…

ALWAYS take a photo!

A client has recently clipped a phone line. He was expecting a repair bill for £500-£800 but he now finds that he is being sued to replace a phone pole as well! To defend the claim, he has been asked to provide photos – which he has not got. We often hear about utility companies…

Another fool!

This week I heard another reason why a contractor does not need Employers Liability Insurance. ‘I get the client to help – it helps me undercut the competition’. This was from an Arborist who had been trained at a well-known college. I pointed out that this has a few Health & Safety implications and we would…

How not to run your business!

I recently heard out about a tree surgeon who damaged somebody’s car due to a large branch falling on it.  After some ‘persuasion’ the vehicle owner agreed to claim on their car insurance. Matter closed?? Of course not. The vehicle insurer then pursued the tree surgeon for the damage and all the litigation costs.  This…

We are the lucky ones!

Lest we forget. Make sure you fall silent on Wednesday 11th November at 11am. Remember those who protect our freedom and those who have fallen in previous times. If you donate on-line then the British Legion can reclaim the tax. www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/donate