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Case Study No. 13 Swalecliffe Community Primary School tree safety project

Case Study: Providing vital tree work for Swalecliffe Community Primary School


About Trees Ltd., a well-established arboricultural company based in Kent, recently secured a contract with Swalecliffe Community Primary School to manage and execute a comprehensive tree safety and maintenance programme. This case study explores the factors contributing to the successful tender by About Trees Ltd., focusing on the company’s local roots, competitive pricing, and commitment to safety and community well-being.


Swalecliffe Community Primary School, located in Whitstable, Kent, required extensive tree management services following a detailed inspection that identified various risk levels across the school’s grounds. The project called for the removal of trees categorised as high, moderate, and low risk, along with a scheduled re-inspection before the 18-month period elapsed.

The Challenge

The primary challenge was ensuring the safety of the school’s environment while adhering to strict safety and compliance standards. The project needed a reliable service provider who could not only offer competitive rates but also guarantee adherence to high standards of safety, given the vulnerable nature of the school setting.

Why About Trees Ltd. Was Chosen

About Trees Ltd. was selected for several key reasons:
– Local Presence: Being a local company, About Trees Ltd. has a deep understanding of the region’s environmental conditions and local regulations, which is crucial for efficient and compliant service delivery.
– Competitive Pricing: About Trees Ltd. submitted a proposal that was slightly more economical than other bids, without compromising on the quality of service.
– Reputation and Trust: The company is well-respected across Kent, known for its integrity and high-quality services. It has a long history of working with educational institutions across the region, which underpinned its strong bid.
– Commitment to Safety: All personnel at About Trees Ltd. hold Enhanced DBS checks, ensuring that they meet the highest standards of safety when working in environments with young and vulnerable individuals. This aspect was subtly emphasised in the tender to highlight the company’s proactive approach to safeguarding community welfare.


About Trees Ltd. commenced the project by coordinating closely with the school’s administration to ensure minimal disruption. The project was segmented into phases, starting with the removal of high-risk trees to immediately secure the premises. Moderate and low-risk tree work followed, with continuous monitoring and communication with the school to ensure their needs were met and any concerns promptly addressed.


The implementation of the tree safety and maintenance programme by About Trees Ltd. resulted in:
– Enhanced Safety: The immediate removal of high-risk trees and the systematic management of other identified risks significantly enhanced the safety of the school’s outdoor environment.
– Community Confidence: The school community expressed increased confidence in the safety of their environment, appreciating the thoroughness and sensitivity of the About Trees Ltd. team.
– Ongoing Collaboration: The success of this project has led to an ongoing collaboration with Swalecliffe Community Primary School for future maintenance and safety checks, solidifying About Trees Ltd.’s reputation as a reliable partner in school safety management.


About Trees Ltd. exemplifies how local expertise, competitive pricing, and a steadfast commitment to safety can lead to meaningful community impact and business success. The Swalecliffe Community Primary School project not only demonstrated the company’s arboricultural expertise but also reinforced its role as a trusted community partner in creating safer school environments. This case underscores the importance of specialised skills and safety considerations in school-related projects, particularly when working in settings with young and vulnerable populations.

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