Don’t let bogus tree surgeons trick you!

Cold-calling, potentially uninsured con men, claiming to be tree surgeons are operating in our district, targeting vulnerable (particularly elderly) residents and claiming to be fully qualified, fully insured tree surgeons.  They offer to do tree and garden works for cash. They state that they can carry out works to protected trees legally and provide residents with a certificate to submit to the local council to avoid prosecution.  No such certificate system exists.  An application to West Devon Borough Council is always required prior to carrying out works to any trees that are subject to a Tree Protection Order or to any tree in a Conservation Area, such as in the middle of Brentor village.