Everything You Need to Know About Tree Surveys in Lincoln
Lincoln is a city located within the county of Lincolnshire in the East Midlands. It was an Iron Age settlement that has been dated back as far as the 1st Century, BC. Of the many notable attractions, Lincoln is known for its castle that houses a Victorian prison and the medieval cathedral. It has a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters favouring farming, making Lincoln a market centre for major arable agriculture.
Lincoln has many nature reserves around the city including, Greetwell Hollow SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), Whisby Nature Park, Boultham Mere, Swanholme Lakes SSSI and Hartsholme Country Park.
Swanholme Lakes is around a 25 minute drive from Lincoln City Centre. The varying sizes of lake were formed naturally when quarrying finished on the site in the 1960s. Dotted around the lakes are areas of woodland and heathland that are full of different habitats at differing levels of development. An example of a varying habitat is where there has been woodland that is starting to regrow after clearance.
Tree species that form within the woodland at Swanholme Lakes are predominantly ‘pioneer species’, such as willow and birch. Oak and pine trees are also present.
Another nature reserve is Hartsholme Country Park which has grasslands, woodlands and a large reservoir. The park maintains a significant diversity of flora and fauna – with a mixture of exotic tree species from when the park was planted as part of the formal gardens. There is dense woodland around the wood with both native and non-domestic species.
Tree Planting Initiatives in Lincolnshire
Across the County of Lincolnshire, the corresponding councils and the overarching Lincolnshire County Council has set a precedent for maintaining the existing standard of the environment while building on it to support an improved level of biodiversity for future generations. For example, North Lincolnshire Council has planted over 60,000 trees as part of a scheme in cooperation with the government’s 25-year plan – ‘The Northern Forest.’ They want to plant 50 million trees across the north of England, ranging just short of 130 miles between Hull and Liverpool. Within this initiative, the council has set a tangible goal of planting an estimated 172,000 trees.
Between the City of Lincoln Council, Boston Borough Council, East Lindsey District Council, West Lindsey District Council, North Kesteven District Council, South Kesteven District Council, South Holland District Council and the broader Lincolnshire County Council, trees are recognised as an important environmental asset to Lincolnshire and therefore require special permissions before the standard of biodiversity in the area is threatened as the result of new development projects.
It’s clear to Lincolnshire County Council that tree work involving tree planting and preservation is a high priority – both in terms of protecting the environment and ensuring health and safety of people that could otherwise be in danger for wellbeing and insurance purposes – so it’s no doubt that this scheme will factor in to a decision when it comes to planning permission. Fortunately, however, there is a strong likelihood of securing planning applications despite the presence of the local council’s efforts to guard trees with Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and conservation areas by hiring a highly experienced arboricultural consultant to carry out a British standard tree survey.
Tree Reports and Your Planning Permission
In any development on a plot of land that houses any number of trees, a BS5837 tree survey is a compulsory form of tree risk assessment, particularly as it is the only way of giving the local planning authority the guarantees they need to grant planning permission. Where there are trees close to or on your site that would be impacted by development works, tree surveys are needed to establish the value and condition of all trees present. Then, the information collected from the tree survey will be put into a tree report to determine effective next steps. If you can’t validate a pragmatic ratio between tree retention and tree removal in equal balance, it is likely that the chances of you being granted successful planning applications is minimal.
If you choose Arbtech, your Lincoln tree survey report will include everything you need to achieve planning permission. It will involve tree reports that assess the canopy (above ground) and the root protection area (below ground). It will also outline every tree present with gradings to determine whether the best course of action would be to retain, relocate or destroy them. The tree report will show your local planning authority, in-depth, how you plan on meeting your obligations, accounting for each Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on individual trees, health and safety considerations and any matters regarding the trees that could impact future generations. Using this information, the local council can pass on an indisputable recommendation for planning permission to the corresponding local planning authority department, leading the project to move into the next stage of the development process.
Our Expert Lincolnshire Tree Surveyors
We operate up and down the country and our arboricultural consultants are employed full-time to conduct professional tree work with us directly. One of our experts will be local to you, enabling them to come directly to you to offer advice, conduct your tree survey and write your report within the week. Not to be confused with tree surgeons, each of our professional tree surveyors can provide arboricultural advice, and they are involved with an arboricultural association to operate tree work under the latest practices and universally-applicable safe use framework.
Through booking a tree survey with one of our utility arboriculture experts, tree owners can avoid the potentially devastating outcome of wrongfully hiring tree surgeons to carry out tree surgery work and dismantling trees or even conducting hedge work on trees and hedges that are protected by the local council. On a side note, it is worth bearing in mind that almost any interference with trees could be in breach of the council’s rules against unnecessary disruption of trees. For instance, this could include felling, pruning or even potentially stump grinding.
Arbtech has tree surveyors across Lincoln – not limited to but including the districts of Boston, East Lindsey, Lincoln, North Kesteven, South Holland, South Kesteven and West Lindsey – so if you need a visual tree assessment on your site and any further advice to gain planning permission, contact us today for a free quotation.