Environmental Policy

We at Roots To Shoots consider working in the great outdoors an enormous privilege. We all enjoy the wonderful benefits that outdoor activities bring. This is why at Roots To Shoots protection of the natural environment in which we live and work in, is of the upmost importance.

We carry out our daily running operations in an efficient, sympathetic and eco-friendly manner. We endeavor to use hand tools such as “Silky” saws, “Loppers” and “Secateurs” wherever practicable. When using professional power tools such as, “Chainsaws” and “Hedge-trimmers” we try to limit the hours of use and run them on “Aspen Plant Oil”. The chain oil we use in our chainsaws is of biodegradable constituent and again a “Plant oil” derivative.
We are currently looking in to a more friendly way to run our vehicles. All being well, with the developments in science and technology, we are hoping to convert our Iveco, Timber wolf wood chipper and Toyota Hilux to “Vegetable Bio-fuel”. We feel we can help make a difference and contribute to working in a “Greener” way.

Working “On line” helps us at Roots To Shoots, cut down on paperwork. We are 90% paperless; it is our goal to be 100% paperless in the very near future. Making use of technology is a must, to help us achieve this.

Environmental awareness assists us to help make a difference at Roots To Shoots®. Such awareness creates improvements from which, the general public, and generations to come will benefit. It also enhances our reputation as a professional contractor with an environmental conscience.

At Roots To Shoots we work as “One”, like a well oiled machine, to continually develop our goal of becoming an industry leader in this highly important sector.

Clients have the peace of mind, that at Roots To Shoots, we are constantly keeping abreast of advancements in this field.

Bats and the Laws

Which legislation is relevant for bats?
All bat species and their roosts are legally protected in the UK. All bats are listed as European protected species of animals in the European Union's Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora, better known as
the Habitats Directive. This Directive is implemented in the UK by the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (better known as the Habitats Regulations).

Amendments to the Habitats Regulations in each country by:

How does the law protect bats?
The wording of the legislation varies slightly across the British Isles and is difficult to summarise succinctly, so you should refer to your country's relevant legislation for the precise wording. This leaflet cannot cover all the offences against bats/roosts, but in summary, it is an
offence in the UK to:

In addition to the above in Scotland it is an offence to:

In Northern Ireland it is an offence to:

In England and Wales it is an offence under the
Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) to:

These defences only apply if there was no satisfactory alternative and the actions taken were not detrimental to maitenance of favourable conservation status of the species.


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