We are now equipped to provide tree condition surveys and risk assessments.
Trees are widely appreciated and valued for the environmental, social and visual benefits they bring. They also bring surprisingly low risks. Significantly more people are injured each year by Wheelie Bins (2,200), than by falling trees or branches (55). Nevertheless, no tree is without risk.
Land owners have a legal ‘duty to take reasonable care for the safety of those who may come within the vicinity of a tree.’ In sites where there are large or numerous trees and high public or semi-public access it is often prudent to fulfil this duty by having a tree survey completed.
Our tree survey will identify and evaluate defects, such as unstable roots, cavities, cracks, weak unions, overly extended or exposed branches, decay causing fungi, pests and diseases, or poor tree work. It includes recommendations of how to control the risks presented. In this way, a tree survey can prevent damage caused by predictable failures of trees or their branches. It can also help to extend the life of a tree by dealing with defects before they cause the tree to fail.
A tree survey may also be useful in support of a planning application-for working on protected trees or within a conservation area.