Planning & Development

Good quality trees on new build sites add a sense of maturity and can increase desirability.  Tree retention may be a condition of Planning Consent or it may be that trees form an integral part of the layout design.  Professional advice on what is likely to be practicable and what may cause problems for the tree will help avoid costly remedial works and unnecessary tree removal.

British Standard 5837:2012 ‘Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition and Construction – Recommendations’ (BS5837: 2012)  sets the industry best practice.  For more information please visit our Knowledge base - Planning & Development

Tree Inspections, Surveys & Insurance Reports

There is a legal duty to ensure that the trees within your control do not cause harm to others.  The Law requires ‘reasonable care’ is taken to ensure that ‘reasonably foreseeable’ accidents do not occur.  Defining ‘reasonable’ and ‘reasonably foreseeable’ has been the subject of many Civil Court cases. For more information please visit our Knowledge base – Tree Inspections & Reports

Tree Management

Trees provide many benefits, some measurable, some intrinsic.  Well founded management will ensure that maximum value is obtained from the trees within your care.

Trees are unique and should not be viewed as a large shrub.  They are complex long-lived living organisms.

Current understanding of arboriculture is rapidly evolving.  Despite living alongside and depending on trees for thousands of years relatively little is understood about tree requirements, particularly when grown in close proximity to structures.  To add to the difficulties in managing trees, human health must be maintained at an Acceptable Level of Risk.For more information please visit our Knowledge base – Tree Management


Cracks appearing in your home can be alarming.  If trees are nearby they are typically blamed, often without evidence.  Not only does this mean healthy trees may be felled for no reason but also that the subsidence may continue.  Worse still, felling them may instigate soil heave and create more problems. Professional advice from an arboriculturist should identify whether trees are contributing to the subsidence or not and recommend the best course of action. It is clear that to take ‘reasonable care’ some form of tree inspection system must be implemented and to demonstrate this has taken place the inspection should be recorded.
For more information please visit our Knowledge base – Subsidence

Hedges & Boundaries

Many trees grow on or near boundaries, especially when grown as a hedge.  A tree will not respect boundary lines and may ‘trespass’ onto neighbouring property.  It remains the responsibility of the owner and action is only necessary if the tree begins to cause a ‘nuisance’ e.g. causes damage or harm.  While it is widely known that the neighbour can cut back any trespassing part to the boundary, the neighbour who cuts back the branches or roots has a duty to avoid causing ‘harm’ to the tree.  An arboriculturist can help in assessing high hedge claims and provide advice on mediation and possible solutions without the need to involve the Local Authority.
For more information please visit our Knowledge base – Hedges & Boundaries


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