As of March 2014, Greater Manchester TreeStation is an Arboricultural Association Approved Contractor. The ARB Approved Contractor scheme offers a recognised benchmark for arboricultural contracting throughout the UK and Ireland and is increasingly required by Local Authorities and other large commercial organisations. ARB Approved Contractor is also of benefit in the domestic sector as a quality mark assuring the client of good quality tree care undertaken safely and efficiently.
Our biomass chip is Woodsure Plus accredited since August 2013 (scheme supported by Hetas), providing our customers with an independent guarantee of quality, sustainability and traceability. Woodsure‘s ongoing assessessment of our processes, chip quality and quality management systems demonstrates our ability to produce and supply the right chip for your boiler’s specifications.
As a company, The TreeStation (or Ecos as it was previously) has been safecontractor approved since 2008. Safecontractor is a leading independent third party accreditation scheme which assesses the health and safety standards of contractors. This demonstrates to clients our competency in this area, and ensures we are up to date with current health and safety legislation, requirements and best practice.
Since March 2014, the TreeStation is now also accredited by the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS), which is a market leader in Health and Safety in the UK. The CHAS logo is your guarantee that the highest safety standards are maintained.
As of June 2014, we have been given the TrustMark quality mark, which lets our clients know that we recruit reputable and trustworthy tradespersons. We are audited annually by TrustMark, to ensure processes, standards and complaint procedures are being maintained. Having this mark means that our clients can rest assured that they are in safe hands with us. Find out more about the TrustMark dispute resolution scheme.
The Biomass Suppliers List is a method which is used to provide RHI participants with a simple way to demonstrate that their fuel complies with RHI fuel sustainability standards in order to claim from the Government. Both our biomass woodchip and our firewood are accredited to BSL standards since August 2014, meaning that they save up to (or, in our case, well over) 60% greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuel.
We have always believed in paying our staff a fair wage, and in 2015 we were accredited by the Living Foundation as a Living Wage Employer. This means that we are committed to ensuring the minimum we pay our staff is the “real Living Wage” – this is an independently-calculated figure each year based on what employees and their families need to live.