How To Choose A Tree Surgeon


With so many tree surgeons popping up across London, it can be a real minefield trying to separate the good from the bad and the ugly.

Fortunately, help is hand thanks to this handy guide from South London Tree Surgeons on how to choose a tree surgeon.

Now before you think we’re just going to rant and rave about how great we are – that’s what the rest of the website is for… here we’ll be taking an open, honest look at the factors you should consider when choosing tree surgeons in South London.

Location! Location! Location!

It might seem like an obvious place to start but there’s no point in going through the process of getting quotes and researching reviews if the company you’re looking at doesn’t service your area.

The first step is to check out their available areas page, or include your local area in your search when looking online. If you’re based in London, try and whittle down the options to your local vicinity rather than ‘South London’ – instead try searching smaller areas such as Croydon, Bromley, Balham or Clapham.

The same can be said for any specialist work that you might need carried out such as tree felling or stump grinding – double check that your tree surgeons offer these services before approaching them for a quote.

Get Quotes

Once you’ve got your shortlist down to a few select tree surgeons it’s time to get some quotes together. You should be able to source a consultation on the project and a full breakdown of the quotation free of charge, but don’t feel pressured into accepting the first one you get.

They may recommend that you tackle the project in different ways so take this into consideration when you’re comparing quotes as they may not be like for like.

Qualifications and Insurance

The fact is that cowboys and rogue traders operate in every industry and the tree surgery business is no different. The most common type of qualifications for UK tree surgeons are run by the City & Guilds Land Based Services (formerly known as NPTC) and is the UK’s largest qualification awarding body in the land-based sector.

It’s well worth checking that your tree surgeon is fully qualified before committing to a project.

The same goes for insurances. Tree surgery can be pretty dangerous business and the reality is that accidents to happen. Ensure that your tree surgeon is able to show that they have the appropriate public liability and employers liability insurance so that you aren’t caught out with avoidable repair costs.


Last but not least – reviews. Every tree surgeon is going to brag and boast about being the best around, but genuine customer reviews are the only real way to pick up impartial testimonials.

Aggregation services like Check A Trade and Trust Pilot offer a full review breakdown of tree surgery services so you can find out what experiences others have had and use this when making your final decision.

By following these steps it might take a tad longer to get a tree surgeon booked but you’ll have the peace of mind that they’re insured, qualified and of a high professional standard rather than getting a nasty surprise once the project is already underway.

For more information on the tree surgery services offered by South London Tree Surgeons, Contact Us today and we’ll be more than happy to help.