The Arb Approved contractor scheme is run by the UK tree care industries governing body, the Arboricultural Association. Being a Northamptonshire-based Arb Approved Contractor is amongst our most coveted accreditations, having worked hard to achieve a total of 65 highly detailed criteria points. All of these aimed at ensuring a tree surgery business offers a professional service to its client, whilst meeting all industry guidelines for health and safety, practical application of arboricultural practices, and high levels of customer service.

These 65 criteria points are summed up by 4 key areas that include:

  • Understanding and practical application of current arboricultural practice
  • Compliance with legislative requirements of arboricultural contracting
  • Compliance with health and safety requirements of arboricultural contracting (endorsed by the CHAS scheme).
  • High levels of service to clients through efficient business management.

Furthermore, the Arb Association re-assess their approved contractors every 2 years. This ensures that standards don’t drop after gaining the initial accreditation. This is an ongoing, time consuming, and expensive commitment but one that we as a company feel necessary to clearly demonstrate to our client’s why they should choose GCK Treeworks.


In an industry where literally anyone can walk in a hardware store and buy a chainsaw with no qualifications, how do you know you’re employing a professionally trained and reputable tree surgeon in Northamptonshire? The age old word of mouth referral from someone you personally know is probably amongst the most reliable method. Even online reviews can be manipulated by unscrupulous businesses looking to artificially enhance their business profile. But for those people who don’t have any direct contacts or trusted referrals, it can be a minefield choosing a tree surgeon in Northamptonshire.

This is where the Arb Approved Contractor scheme comes in. This important accreditation tells our clients that they are hiring a professional company. However, Arb approval alone doesn’t account for our high standards. That is down to our own company ethics, a disciplined and motivated workforce, and of course a lot of hard work. What it does do, is tell you, the client, that these high standards that we are known for have been reviewed by the Arboricultural industry’s governing body.

If you are unsure who to use for your tree work we would always recommend looking for the Arb Approved Contractor badge on any prospective tree surgery company in Northamptonshire and beyond.

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Whether commercial or domestic tree work, GCK Treeworks have the solution. Fully accredited and vetted by the leading industry body and professional organisations, you can be assured you are hiring a reputable Northampton tree surgeon.

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