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BS5837 Tree Surveys
Local Authority planning application forms ask the questions:
  • Are there trees or hedges on the proposed development site?
  • Are there trees or hedges on land adjacent to the proposed development site that could influence the development or might be important as part of the local landscape character?
If the answer to either of these questions is 'yes' then you may need to submit a BS5837 tree survey with your application.  BS5837: Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction - Recommendations' is the British Standard specification for tree surveys, Arboricultural Implications Assessments (AIA) and Arboricultural Method Statements (AMS).
We can carry out a tree survey and produce a report that meets the specification and requirements of the Local Planning Authority.  For more complex developments you may also require an Arboricultural Implications Assessment and an Arboricultural Method Statement.  The AIA and the AMS look at the potential impact of the proposed development on the trees and set out the measures to protect the retained trees during construction.
Tree Condition Reports
Some mortgage lenders require a report stating the condition of trees at a property. This is an above ground inspection of a tree's condition and may include recommendations for tree work. There is no assessment of the tree below ground level and no assessment of any potential impact on foundations.
Structural Surveys and Tree Risk Assessments
We do not carry out structural surveys or below ground investigations. For this you will require a structural surveyor with specialist understanding of soil types and foundations.
We don't carry out risk assessments on trees. Predicting the safety or failure of trees in public places is a very specialised area. It may involve techniques such as tomography, thermal imaging or core sampling. You will find an appropriately qualified consultant on the Arboricultural Association website.