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Yesterday (15 August 2013), Trading Standards were alerted by a resident to a rogue tree surgeon who was touting for business in the Barnsbury area. The scammers were calling themselves ‘London Tree Care’, but there was no business address stated on their leaflet and the website they advertised does not exist. This means if you did instruct them to do work, and there was a problem, you may have no way of finding the trader again.
Parts of Islington are designated conservation areas, this doesn’t bother the scammers and yesterday they were misleading residents by claiming they could start work immediately. Residents who believed them could find that they have inadvertently broken the law themselves.
We strongly advise not to do business with this company. We would also urge residents to be mindful of any neighbours who may be intimidated into getting work done.
Islington Council's Tree Service offer the following advice:
Islington's Tree Preservation Officers can be contacted on 020 7527 2150. More information on the Tree Service can be found on this link Protected Trees.
If you have any information about this company or suspect any trader knocking on doors in your area, please report your concerns to Trading Standards on 020 7527 3198 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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