Wildlife and Biosecurity
Wildlife and Environmental Policy Statement
Drinkwater Tree Services Ltd is committed to minimising the impact activities have on both the local and global environment by taking steps to prevent pollution, to avoid damage to habitats and to reduce its carbon footprint.
Drinkwater Tree Services Ltd is committed to meeting all relevant legal requirements, Environmental Legislation Standards and Codes of Practice. We take steps to minimise risk to the workforce, our customers, the public and to wildlife.
- Nesting birds and their nests and eggs are protected by law. Many other species such as bats and badgers are also protected. We work within the guidelines set out in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW).
- We undertake a Wildlife Survey prior to the commencement of work and inform our customers of any protected species which may prevent work from being undertaken. If protected species or their roosts are discovered whilst undertaking work, we stop and inform our customers and contact the relevant authorities for further advice.
- We promote the reduction rather than the removal of trees, where possible, and actively encourage re-planting.
- Where possible we leave habitat piles or dead stems to encourage diversity of wildlife, and minimise the impact on the local fauna.
- We encourage our customers to install bird and/or bat boxes where appropriate, and will hang these for no additional charge if working on the tree.
- All brushwood is chipped for use as mulch or woodchip.
- All unwanted timber is safely stored until donation/sale.
- We actively support the local community by donating wood and woodchip where appropriate.
- We regularly review and monitor the use of hazardous substances and where possible purchase equivalent substances that are environmentally friendly.
- We operate in compliance with our Environment Agency waste disposal licence.
- We aim to reduce our carbon footprint by using the most efficient routes for travel and the most appropriate vehicles for each job.
- Vehicles and machinery are not left with the engines idling when not in use.
- We encourage correspondence via email where possible.
Our Environmental and Wildlife Policy is regularly reviewed to respond to latest updates and incorporate additional measures.
Biosecurity is defined as a set of precautions that aim to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful organisms. These may be pests, pathogens or invasive species.
We are committed to planning and managing our business activities to ensure the possibility of introduction and spread of pest and disease is kept to a minimum.
We are committed to complying with all legal requirements applicable to plant health and biosecurity, for example Plant Health Act and Plant Health Order.
We are committed to ensuring amendments, alterations and additions to the legal requirements are incorporated into working practices.
The necessary personnel and financial resources will be allocated to assist the company in meeting its biosecurity objectives.
We are committed to developing and maintaining effective relationships with plant health agencies.
We are committed to diversifying tree populations where our business activities allow, in order to mitigate against possible future pest and disease introductions.
The company shall ensure safe handling and disposal of all pests, diseases and all potentially infested materials.
The company shall aim to ensure safe storage, handling and use of substances such as pesticides and disinfectants.
We shall ensure all employees are competent to do their tasks, and to give them adequate training.
Appropriate advice shall be sought from specialists if specific challenging biosecurity issues are identified before, during or after operations.
We are committed to alerting the appropriate organisation of any suspected quarantine pest & disease outbreak we encounter.
Our management system shall provide a framework for reviewing biosecurity objectives and targets.
In order to meet these commitments, Drinkwater Tree Services Ltd shall pursue the following objectives:
The company shall aim to work to good industry practice and will ensure we are aware of any changes or updates to biosecurity practices.
Work sites and staff will be appropriately supervised and monitored to ensure correct use biosecurity control measures.
The company will hold internal knowledge and information on basic identification of current pest and disease threats.
The company shall be familiar and utilise government guidance such as Pest Risk Analysis.
Prior to commencing work on site, a Biosecurity Risk Assessment shall be completed to evaluate each site to identify if appropriate biosecurity control measures and transport and disposal options are required.
Staff will be equipped with the necessary equipment, PPE, and substances to implement biosecurity control measures including effective hygiene and sanitation practices.
Employees shall be briefed and trained on good biosecurity practices appropriate to their role within the organisation.
Cases of ill health in trees will be reported through the Forestry Commissions Tree Pest and Disease sightings reporter (TreeAlert)
Recommendations made to clients with regard to species choice for new tree planting will take into consideration, the composition of the local tree population and the resilience of that population to pests, pathogens and invasive species.
The species choice for new planting will take full account of local environmental conditions and ensure that ‘the right tree is selected for the right place’.
Planting material will be appropriately sourced, ideally home grown, from reputable suppliers and assessed on delivery to the planting site to ensure it is in optimum physiological health and free from pest and or disease.
The planting of imported trees directly into the UK landscape will be avoided wherever possible.
This policy shall be displayed within the organisation at all times and shall be available to all interested parties.
Individual biosecurity responsibilities are issued to each employee.
This biosecurity policy shall be communicated to all persons working for or on behalf of the company.
For more information on biosecurity, please visit the Forestry Commission webpages: https://www.forestry.gov.uk/biosecurity