GARDENERS are being warned to be on their guard against bogus tree surgeons after a Hednesford man was conned out of £800.
Cannock Chase Council is warning residents about bogus tree surgeons operating in the area.
The warning comes after a 65-year-old Hednesford man was targeted and paid £800 up front after workmen knocked on his door and offered to prune one of the trees in his garden.
The work was halted after falling branches from the tree destroyed fencing and trellises. The ‘tree surgeons’ then did a disappearing act.
Reuben Hayes, Cannock Chase Council Urban Forestry Officer, said: “If someone knocks on your door offering to carry out any work to trees in your garden, always refuse, and certainly never pay any money up front.
“You should never employ anyone who cold calls looking for work in this manner. Reputable, qualified tree surgeons will never operate in this way.
“Bogus workers like the ones who targeted the man in Hednesford are uninsured, untrustworthy and likely to cause you nothing but trouble. The unfortunate victim has already lost £800 and will have to pay even more now to get everything put right.”
In another case reported to the council recently, bogus tree surgeons claimed to be working for Cannock Chase Council.
Mr Hayes added: “Council officers will never call unannounced at private homes offering to carry out tree work of any kind, so don’t fall for this trick.”