owners, occupiers and their agents have a duty of care to ensure that people on
site and adjacent land and the properties themselves are not at unreasonable
risk from possible failure of trees
In order to ensure our
clients remain compliant with legislation .In addition to our
contracting tree services we also offer a Tree Consultancy service.
As with all our services these are fully compliant with BS 3998 &
Tree Risk Assessment
Advise on Planning and
Tree Work Specifications
Tree Management Plans
Woodland management Plans
surveys might be carried out for various reasons, including
Tree health and welfare;
Safety of people and property.
A tree survey, depending on the objective(s), will
collect a range of data which can include location, species and sizes of trees
and their environmental significance/quality whether as individuals, groups or
inspection, collects information as for a tree survey, as well about tree
condition and location, and interprets the information in relation to the risk
posed and indicates options for mitigating risk and meeting other objectives,
for appropriate action.
inspections should be conducted so as to record the condition of the tree(s)
and previous treatments including installations, and to consider the
implications for future management.
Data collected from a tree inspection should be assessed and
related to the risk, environmental and conservation considerations to form
recommendations for management to meet the agreed brief if the recommendations
are accepted in full or in part they will form the basis for the specification
history of tree problems on the site and adjacent land might be of relevance to
the inspection in hand.
assessments will be based on a visual inspection from ground level supplemented
by simple sounding and probing of suspect areas of the tree. Where a visual
assessment records features indicating ill health or the presence of
potentially weak structures, a more detailed inspection might be needed,
involving some invasive investigation(s) of the tree or climbing the tree.
should be assessed based on site usage, proximity of targets and the nature of
the tree population; those three factors will determine the level and frequency
should be a system for recording, onward transmission of such information and
acting upon it.
inspection or survey is undertaken, a brief should be prepared in consultation
with the client. This will state what is required from the arboriculturist
[e.g. safety report; preplanning survey report (see BS 5837)].
report should be supplied to the client in order to complete a tree inspection.
This will normally review the risk(s) posed, and the findings of tree condition
made during the inspection. Significant defects detected during a detailed
inspection should be recorded and reported to the client.
should conclude by identifying options to meet the brief, which may include not
doing anything to the tree at that time or the relocation of targets.
may include an indication of the maximum period to elapse between inspections.
important that in order to remain compliant that inspection regimes are
implemented and reviewed and records maintained
review of the recommendations and the client’s objectives, a work specification
should be prepared
work, including inspections, commences on trees, checks should be made to
determine if there are any laws and regulations that would affect the work
proposed these includeTPO (Tree Preservation Orders) : The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by the Town and Country Planning
Regulations 1999 empowers local planning
authorities to make tree preservation orders to protect trees in the interests
preservation orders (TPO) allow for trees to be protected, from individual trees
through Groupings of trees to woodlands or area TPO’s. The orders have the
effect of preventing the cutting down, topping, lopping, uprooting, willful
damage or willful destruction of trees, except in certain circumstances, other
consent of the local planning authority
Conservation areas: In conservation areas, trees
over a certain size are protected. Except in certain circumstances six weeks
notice of intent is to be given to the local planning authority before work is
Planning Restrictions: As part of planning consent
there may be a requirement for the landscaping planting to be maintained this
may include trees
Covenants: May be placed on property restricting tree
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), the Conservation (Natural
Habitats etc.) Regulations 1994 (as amended), the Countryside Rights of Way Act
protection afforded to bats makes it illegal to injure, kill or disturb a bat;
damage, disturb or obstruct access to a roost; or damage or obstruct access to
any structure or place that bats use for shelter or protection. Where bats are
thought to be present, the Statutory Nature Conservation Organization, i.e.
Natural England, Countryside Council for Wales need to
be consulted before starting any work.
protection is afforded to birds in that it is an offence to take, kill or
injure any wild bird or to take, damage or destroy any eggs or nest that is
either in use or being built.
it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb a bird listed in
Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 while it is building a
nest, is on or near a nest containing eggs or young, or disturb the dependent
cannot take place if there is a risk of the works, or its effects, being
harmful to resident wild birds. Under certain circumstances where such a risk
is present a license can be obtained from the Department for environment, Food
and Rural Affairs (Defra)