Tree Condition Survey / Tree Inspection / Tree Risk Assessment
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 with large or numerous trees and valuable ‘targets’ such as buildings, vehicles or visitors it is advisable 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. We will provide you with a tree report detailing the findings and making recommendations of how to control the risks presented and how urgently that work should be completed. The tree report will also advise how often the trees should be re-inspected.
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.
Depending on the requirements of the site, there are different forms of tree survey. These range from a drive-by survey to detailed individual tree inspections. Other options to consider include tree tagging and photographing. We offer a free no obligation quote, where we will be happy to discuss these requirements and find the best option for your site.
Tree Inspection for Planning – Protected Trees
A tree inspection may also be useful in support of a planning application – for working on protected trees or within a conservation area.
We are able to undertake a tree inspection and make recommendations that we believe would receive planning approval. We are also able to carry-out the planning application on your behalf.
Tree Surveys for Development Sites – BS5837 Survey.
If you are planning a development on site that has trees in or near the site, then you may need a tree survey to support your application. This tree survey details which trees will need to be retained, how they will be protected and how the building work will be carried out so as not to damage retained trees. Consideration will also be given to how trees will affect the property in the future, for example by shading or dropping fruit and leaves. There are a range of reports we can provide depending on the needs of your project, which we will happily discuss with you.
Aerial Tree Inspection
A tree survey may identify the need for a tree to be inspected at height. Our tree surveyor is also an experienced tree climber, able to undertake aerial tree inspections. This will result in a report with recommendations for remedial work, if necessary.
Advanced Decay Detection Equipment
We have access to a Resistograph drill and a PiCUS Sonic Tomograph, both of which can be used to determine the thickness of sound wood remaining in a tree cavity. This is can help decide what remedial work is necessary.