Arboricultural Association Utility Approval

Ground Control has been awarded Arboricultural Association Approved Contractor status across the scope of the utility scheme, setting another industry-leading precedent for the company that achieved the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 18 months ago.
Recognising high standards of tree works, safety and efficiency, the Arboricultural Association Approved Contractor Scheme offers a benchmark for arboricultural contracting throughout the UK and Ireland. The scheme is increasingly required by local authorities and other large commercial organisations, acting as a quality mark assuring the client of quality tree care undertaken safely and efficiently.
Peter Allen, Director of Arboriculture and Rail Services at Ground Control, said: “This accreditation is a fantastic recognition of the skills and professionalism of our Arb team, further cementing our reputation as a leading if not the pre-eminent player in our field. To be the first contractor to achieve this level of approval for utility works is a tremendous achievement! We are delighted to now be approved in two business areas; an excellent example of integrated working, which will provide yet more opportunities across the business. Huge thanks go to everyone involved for their role in helping us achieve this.”
The stringent assessment process involves four areas of examination, including worksite safety inspections, work quality inspections and arboricultural knowledge, customer care and office procedures, as well as health and safety management and workplace inspections.
Stewart Wardrop, CEO at the Arboricultural Association, said: “The Arboricultural Association was pleased to award Ground Control Utility Approved Contractor status, having successfully completed all four areas of their assessment. This is the only comprehensive accreditation scheme for Utility tree work in the UK, and certifies approved businesses as experts in a range of work specific to the utility sector. We hope this achievement will inspire more contractors to follow suit and raise awareness of the technical complexities and expertise required to undertake utility tree work.”

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