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Arboriculture and Tree Surveys

Although trees can be a real asset with multiple benefits, their management can be a headache for both landowners and developers.

Arboriculture and Tree Surveys Capability Statement

We are able to provide the following arboricultural and tree services:

  1. Tree survey
  2. Arboricultural impact assessment (AIA)
  3. Tree protection plan
  4. Arboricultural method statement
  5. Arboricultural supervision
  6. Tree mortgage report

Our Team of Arboriculture and Tree Surveys

agb Environmental has a dedicated team of arboricultural specialists that can undertake all aspects of arboriculture and tree surveys and assessments to secure legal and planning obligations for clients. These include tree surveys, arboricultural implications assessments, arboriculture surveys and visual tree inspections.

About Arboriculture and Tree Surveys

We provide robust yet pragmatic information to meet the requirements of Local Authorities for planning applications, ensuring your project can go ahead whilst maximising the benefits trees provide.

Where trees are on or close to development sites, the Local Planning Authority will require a report in accordance with BS 5837: 2012 assessing these trees and their relationship with the development. The report content will depend upon the stage you are at in scheme development and the planning application process.

For an initial Feasibility Study, pre-application enquiries or outline planning permission you will require as a minimum a:

  • Tree Survey – this records information on all trees relevant to the development site, including those close to the site perimeter that may affect, or be affected by, the development. The information collected is then used to produce the:
  • Tree Schedule – this sets out in a table all relevant data, including: species, age, physiological and structural condition, height, crown spread, crown clearance, stem diameter, quality categorisation, life expectancy and Root Protection Area, together with observations and recommended work. This information is then used to produce the;
  • Tree Constraints Plan – on which is shown the locations of all trees surveyed, in relation to the development site. This is a scaled plan that displays numbered trees, groups, hedges or woods, including their crown spread and Root Protection Area, colour-coded according to their quality categorisation. It may also include other factors as relevant, such as shading of direct sunlight. This plan informs the development layout, identifying which trees can readily be removed, if required, and which may influence the layout.

This information is then used to develop the development layout for submission for full planning permission. If not previously provided you will now require, in addition to the above:

  • An Arboricultural Impact Assessment – this identifies the likely impact of development on trees covered within the Feasibility Study, including: a Schedule of Work, detailing all tree removal, crown management and other works required to facilitate the development, use specialist construction techniques to minimise the impact on retained trees and tolerate future growth, installation of services, the relationship between trees and future occupation, replacement planting and the scope for layout modification;
  • A Tree Protection Plan – showing the location of all retained trees in relation to the development layout. The location of all protective measures is shown, together with area in which specialist construction techniques are required. This may also include details on construction access and site compounds;
  • An Arboricultural Method Statement – providing details on how the development should proceed with due regard to the protection of retained trees. This covers in detail the implementation of the Tree Protection Plan and, if appropriate may include a Schedule of Supervision, setting out which key stages should be monitored and how this should be achieved.

Once you have permission, the local authority may impose planning conditions, which we can assist in discharging any planning conditions, such as the need for arboricultural supervision.