Consultancy

B.S. 5837 Surveys

All trees are considered “material” in terms of the planning process and Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) must consider them when determining planning applications.

 

Our years of experience working on behalf of developers and directly for local authorities, enable us to understand the requirements of both.

 

We are regularly contracted to provide;

Tree Survey and Plan

A detailed schedule and illustrative representation of the survey allowing the developer to easily identify the tree constraints so as to guide the development design process whilst protecting the areas of the site set aside for trees and amenity

Tree Protection Plan (TPP)

illustrative representation showing the location of protective fencing in relation to trees indicated for retention.

Arboricultural Implications Assessment (AIA)

a report often required by LPA’s detailing the possible impacts that may arise from a particular proposal and how these will be mitigated.

An arboricultural Method Statement (AMS)

where arboricultural Implications may arise, the AMS provides guidance as to how they are compensated for or offer engineering solutions.

 

All of the above must be undertaken by a qualified arboriculturist.

 

All of the above products are compliant to BS 5837: Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition, and Construction – Recommendations (2012).

 

If you have trees on your site, we can provide a formal impact appraisal report that will comply with the 1APP requirements. Where trees are present but unlikely to be a significant issue, we have the capacity to do a desktop study that will fulfil the 1APP requirements for less expense than a full report.

Project Management

LPA’s can often condition the retention of an Arboriculturist for the duration of the development. We can provide specific site management at strategic points throughout the development to ensure protection, future health and retention of tree stocks – the vital goal

Pre-Planning & Design Consultation

We can arrange Site visit to discuss with informal advice on constraints and development potential.

 

This is a popular option because, through a visit and discussion, we can provide a preliminary estimate of the development potential without the expense of unproductive design work or land surveys.

Tree Inspection & Surveys

We can provide the following Tree Inspections and Surveys.

Tree Risk Assessment

By law, landowners have a duty to ‘take reasonable care’ of trees. The tree owner should regularly inspect all trees within their ownership and be aware of whether a tree is likely to cause damage to persons or property.

 

We can compile a detailed individual inspection and provide recommendations for tree management. Regular inspection of your tree assets will ensure their long-term health and vitality and allow us to detect potential hazards, risks, pests or disease before becoming an all too often dangerous and costly experience.

Tree Hazard Evaluation

Our method of “Tree Hazard Evaluation” offers a proactive approach to tree maintenance.

A level of acceptable risk is ascertained with the client before the assessment is carried out and recommendations for remedial work are outlined in a tree survey schedule.

 

As currently practiced, tree evaluation involves examining a tree for structural defects, associating those defects with a known pattern of failure and rating the degree of risk.

Tree hazard assessment involves three components:

  • a tree with the potential to fail,
  • an environment that may contribute to that failure, and
  • a person or object that would be injured or damaged (i.e. the target).

 

By definition; “a hazard situation requires the presence of both a defective tree and a target. Unless a target is present, a tree cannot be hazardous. As a result assessing hazard is not limited to evaluating failure potential. Hazard evaluation must consider the potential presence of a target”.

Mortgage Reports

Pre Purchase Mortgage Reports are often an integral part of any mortgage evaluation or property survey.

 

Large trees close to buildings or on clay soils can cause severe structural damage.

 

Our report format allows us to quickly tailor a document to satisfy the content and qualification requirement of mortgage and insurance suppliers.

 

Reports are required in cases of property damage or potential risk, and where the tree or trees are often suspected as the major contributing factor. Our company can provide insurance related risk assessment for homeowners, structural engineers and loss adjusters.

Expert Witness

Neglected trees are usually the hub of most boundary disputes, personal injury & property damage claims, usually due to sudden and unexpected failure, and often culminating in some form of litigation. We will act on your behalf providing testimony as expert witness if required. We will advise on trees with regard to all components of statutory powers including Town & Country Planning Act Highways Act, and Miscellaneous Provisions Act and Common Law.

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