Useful Information

ere are some useful bits of information regarding legislation and other matters to do with some of the services FFES Ltd offers:

Ash Dieback Disease

There has recently been large amounts of coverage in the news regarding Ash dieback disease - Chalara fraxinea. 

This fungal infection has the potential to devastate Britain's Native Ash population, as it has done in Denmark where 90% of the native ash trees have succumbed to the infection. 

The Forestry Commission and DEFRA are currently working on a plan to determine the extent of the infection within the UK and how to combat its spread. More information about how to identify the disease and any further knowledge about the problem can be found at:

Felling Licences

In the UK it is illegal to fell trees that are outside of your own garden without first having gained a felling licence from the Forestry Commission. Although some trees, such as dead/dying/dangerous or very young/small trees are exempt from this rule.

If you were to cut down over 5m³  of timber, this may only be a 3-5 medium sized trees within a 3 month period you would be in breech of this law and subject to a potential fine of up to £2500 or twice the value of the trees and you would be ordered to replace the trees and incur the cost of this.

For more information see the Forestry Commission Website:

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and Conservation Areas

Certain individual trees and areas are covered by legislation that prohibits the cutting, pruning, lopping, topping or felling of trees. These orders are intended to conserve the visual amenity of the trees in question and the character of the area they are in as a whole. They may also be placed on trees of specific interest due to rarity of species, age or local rarity.

The penalty for cutting a tree that has  TPO on it, or is in a conservation area can be as great as £20,000 per tree that has been harmed.

For more information see the publication:  Tree Preservation Orders: A guide to law and good practice, which is available to download for free from the below web address:

Environmental Grants

There are many different grant schemes offered by the governments of the countries of the UK as well as European grants and ones from private organisations and trusts.

Two such examples are the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) offered by the Forestry Commission England - 

This set of grants provide money to either cover some or all of the cost of woodland improvement or creation. They can apply to an area of land over the size of 0.5ha.

and the environmental stewardship grants offered by natural england -

This set of grants provide money to farmers in return for them setting aside parts of their agricultural land to encourage diversity and conservation of native plant and animal species.

Along with these grants are many others that can provide sizeable sums of money towards the management of existing woodland or towards the creation of new forested areas.

Duty of Care

There is a legal responsibility held by every owner of land that has trees on. This duty of care is that any foreseeable risk posed by the tree, be it dead limbs that could fall onto a pathway or a rotten tree that could topple onto a road, should not cause harm to people or property in the future.  

This duty of care means that if you know there is a tree that is likely to fall onto a pathway, then you should take measures to either ensure that the risk of the tree falling is removed (fell the tree) or that no-one can venture under the path of the tree (close off the path).

This duty of care extends to everyone who you invite onto your property or who trespasses on your property, the law makes no distinction between them.

The best way to fulfil your duty of care is to have a suitably qualified person undertake an assessment of the risk posed by the trees on your land and provide measures to removed or reduce the risks found.

Protected Species

In the UK various animal species are protected due to their rarity or significance in the landscape. By harming these species, destroying or damaging their habitats/homes, disturbing them or disrupting their mating patterns you may fall foul of the law.

The following species (amongst others) are protected to a lesser or greater extent within the UK:
  • Badgers
  • Edible Dormice
  • Bats
  • Great Crested Newts
  • Red Squirrels
  • Sand Lizards
  • Smooth Snakes
Anyone found to have harmed any of these species in any of the ways previously mentioned may be fined heavily. For more information on what species are protected and to what extent please see the web address below:

Information about Sub-Contracting services
FFES has the following traits that make it perfect to act a sub-contractor for your business:

Ability to quickly understand and undertake any contract or work type
Ability for constant and instant communication no matter where in the country
Excellent communication skills regarding clients, and third parties
Robust health and safety policies and techniques
Robust quality control measures
Professional Indemnity Insurance - £5,000,000
Public Liability Insurance - £10,000,000

Expansive Experience
Wide ranging knowledge of different environmental, ecological and forestry consultancies tasks and techniques
Excellent knowledge of all landscape types found in the UK
Constant updating of knowledge and expansion of CPD
Staff are professional members of the Arboricultural Association  
Staff are associate members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters

Flexibility and rapid reaction
Working locations throughout the UK, from Scotland to the west country
Mobile office and work devices mean that working in the field does not mean communication and work cannot be maintained.
Latest technologies mean reports can be produced within the same day as data captured
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