ARBORICULTURAL CONSULTANCY & SURVEYS
IN WILTSHIRE, BERKSHIRE HAMPSHIRE & OXFORDSHIRE
As qualified and experienced arboricultural consultants, Naturally Trees are qualified to assess and provide advice on tree management, tree safety, population surveys and pest and disease control.
We can provide surveys, reports and management plans to both the private and public sector – from private households to construction and development industries and land owners.
Tree Condition and Safety Survey
Various statutes and regulations have been established to ensure that owners of land containing trees have a duty of care to ensure damage does not occur due to tree failure. If you are concerned about the health or safety of a tree then a tree condition survey will identify defects such as weak branch junctions, disease or decay. Furthermore, a tree condition survey will enable you to understand the structural integrity of each affected tree. Our tree report will explain our findings and recommendations so you can reduce your liability and risk.
Tree Surveys for Planning
When building near trees, Local Authorities insist on a professional tree survey BS 5837: (2012). Regardless of whether the development is for residential or commercial use, a tree report from a trained arboricultural consultant will be required where trees are present on, or adjacent to, a construction site. Our tree reports will advise how to maximise the development potential of your site whilst providing your local Planning Department and Tree Officer with all of the required information.
The types of tree reports that Local Authorities may request are:
Tree Constraints Plan
A Tree Constraints Plan assists the development of a site plan by maximising the available space whilst also taking into account the constraints caused by trees. Furthermore, the report identifies the quality of the trees and where the canopies and roots of the trees extend to. The report also indicates where development can take place without impacting on amenity trees and highlights the trees that could be removed and should be retained.
Arboricultural Impact Assessment
An Arboricultural Impact Assessment may be required as part of the planning application and this report would be in addition to the BS 5837:(2012) report. This assessment will identify the trees’ health as well as the individual arboricultural, landscape and cultural or ecological value. Additionally, the report will highlight the potential impact a construction project may have on the surrounding trees and any impact the trees will have when the development is complete. Our assessment will also detail any potential conflicts that may arise with the Local Authority planning department and offer solutions in order to increase your chance of a successful planning application.
Arboricultural Method Statement
An Arboricultural Method Statement is often required once proposals have been finalised and prior to planning permission being granted. This report outlines the tree protection measures that need to be implemented during the construction process to ensure contractors do not accidentally damage any trees.
Pre-Purchase Tree Survey & Report
Mortgage lenders and insurance providers may require a Pre-Purchase Tree Survey and Report prior to completing the purchase on a property. These reports are to offer reassurance to the organisation that any trees within or nearby to your potential new property are not going to pose a threat to the structure of the dwelling or harm anyone in your home or on your land.