Fourty-four years since BS 3998:2010 Tree Work - Recommendations first showed its face, the standard has been reviewed to consider the many advances in terms of arboricultural practices and understanding.

What is BS 3998:2010?

The standard was first produced in 1966, and was then revised in 1989. It gives general recommendations for various types of tree work and provides guidance on management options for established trees and overgrown hedges; some shrubs could also be considered, as they can have similar characteristics to trees. Whilst the standard does not give guidance on undertaking arboricultural surveys, it does consider the impact of work on an individual tree in relation to neighbouring trees.

The Updated Standard

BS 3998:2010 has been fully updated and expanded to incorporate changes in the law and working practices concerning established trees, especially in regards to:
- The safety of people and property.
- Decision-making criteria.
- Wildlife and habitats.
- Veteran trees.
Bawden Tree Care complete all tree surgery in accordance with the recommendations and standards set out within BS 3998:2010 where possible.

Our testimonials

Service was first class from the initial advice to the completed works. The guys carrying out the work were very helpful, polite and professional. Very very pleased!

- Durrington, Wiltshire

We had a huge 120+-year-old Ash Tree in our garden that sadly contracted the Dieback disease, became very unsafe and needed to come down. The big challenge was the tree’s location and size, it stretched over two gardens with various structures and landscaping ( Sheds, greenhouse, brand new terrace, pergola, well-stocked flower beds) and a well used public footpath/cycleway.

The team from Bowden liaised with the local authorities to gain the necessary permissions and then removed the tree over a period of four days with faultless professionalism and zero damage to the existing infrastructure, an incredible feat!

My family would have no hesitation in selecting Bowden Tree Care for any future projects we may have or in recommending their services to any future customers.

- Andover, Hampshire


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