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Like most websites, makes use of cookies to make our website work and to help enhance your experience of visiting us. Cookies are small text files that are stored by your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately.

Essential site cookies

These cookies are essential to make the site work at all. They help our Content Management System (CMS) to work out what content to serve to you, keep track of your preferences, help CAPTCHA images to work and in restricted areas of the site check that you have logged in and are authorised to view the content. These cookies include:

used in the main CMS to check if you are logged in and to construct the content served to you.
used by the Ask an Arborist forum to check if you are logged in. These cookies are deleted when you close your browser.
various cookies used by Sympa, the sofware used for our mailing lists, to track logins and preferences
authcode, user
used to check authorisation in the UK Tree Care mailing list account management area. These cookies are deleted when you close your browser.
sp_authcode, sp_user
used to check authorisation in the UKTC advertisers account section. These cookies are deleted when you close your browser.
topsitevisits, atsphp_sid_user_cp
Used by the 'Top Tree Sites' section of the site to track preferences and logins to the user control panel
used to check if you have already seen our cookie notice.

Analytic cookies

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to help us improve the site and make it easier for visitors to find the information they most often look for. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site and the pages they visited. These cookies include:


Analytics are provided by Google, and you can read more about Google's analytics privacy policy. Google also provide an analytics opt-out tool.

Advertising cookies

Most content on the Internet free because sites such as ours are able to fund themselves through adverting. In order to make that advertising effective, our advertising partner, Google, uses cookies to help to ensure that the advertising you see is geared to your interests. We have no direct control over these cookies.

You can read more about Google's advertising privacy policy and how Google use cookies from where you can also opt-out from cookies associated with advertising.

These cookies include:


Turning off cookies

You can opt-out from advertising cookies from many advertising services, including Google, by visiting the aboutads choices page, or from Google specifically by visiting the Google's advertising privacy policy.

To opt out of analytic cookies, install the analytics opt-out tool.

If you wish to turn off cookies altogether, you can do this by configuring your browser. You can find information about how to do this for many different browsers at