What are tree surveys and why might I need one?

A tree survey is an inspection of the tree stock located within the boundaries of land/ property. This includes woodlands, parks, private property, building developments etc. A tree surveyor will record various data such as tree species, tree location, life stage, condition, work recommendations if required and timescales any work will need to be completed within.  

What is a Tree Survey?

A tree survey is a thorough inspection of trees within a property’s boundaries, essential for land management, development projects, and safety compliance. Qualified professionals, often referred to as arborists or tree surgeons, conduct these surveys to evaluate tree species, condition, and potential risks.

Types of Tree Surveys:

Health & Safety Tree Survey:

An essential assessment for property owners, schools, and housing associations to ensure compliance with safety regulations and insurance requirements. These surveys identify potential hazards, tree conditions, and necessary maintenance work, including tree surgery if needed.

BS5837 Survey:

Mandatory for planning applications, BS5837 surveys evaluate trees’ impact on proposed developments. They categorise trees based on their retention value, ensuring responsible tree management during construction projects. These surveys include tree constraints plans and arboricultural impact assessments (AIAs) to guide development plans.

Subsidence Report:

Crucial for properties prone to subsidence caused by tree roots, especially on clay soils. Insurance companies and mortgage lenders often require these reports to assess structural risks and property damage. Subsidence reports include soil analysis, root identification, and movement monitoring.

PiCUS Testing:

A specialised technique using sonic tomography to detect internal decay and cavities in trees. PiCUS testing assesses tree health and structural integrity, particularly valuable for identifying risks posed by decay-causing fungi like Ganoderma sp.

Tree surveys play a pivotal role in property management, development, and safety. Whether it’s ensuring compliance with regulations, assessing risks, or planning construction projects responsibly, investing in tree surveys can safeguard your property and mitigate potential liabilities. Contact a qualified arborist or tree surgeon to schedule a comprehensive tree survey tailored to your needs.

(Example of PiCUS/ sonic tomography)

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