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Everything you need to know about Tree Surveying
For developers, landscape designers, project managers, site or tree owners, architects or one of several other professionals, you may be thinking of building an extension or renovating / developing a property. If the existing or new building in question is in close proximity to trees, then you will probably need a tree survey, and our arboriculturists have over 10 years of extensive experience working with different types of tree in a wide range of areas.
What is a Tree Survey?
A tree survey is needed because local planning authorities across the UK are required to check the impact that a new development could have on trees and vegetation.
While the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 ensures that certain animal species and habitats and correctly protected, trees are protected under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, particularly through the use of a conservation area and Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs).
To ensure that these natural assets aren’t disrupted as a result of planning projects, the local planning authority for the designated area require a number of extremely important documents that outline the potential impact of the development. If you need a tree survey then you will need the extensive range of services of one of our experienced, trustworthy planning consultants to help your project go smoothly. When it comes down to the length of time it takes to complete your tree survey, you will find that it is primarily based on the arboricultural consultant you choose to do it.
Tree Survey Timescale
The time that different consultants take to complete tree survey work can vary quite a bit. For an experienced company like Arbtech, the time scales usually fall into the following categories:
BS5837 Tree Surveys – Around 1 – 5 days. Impact Assessments – Between 2 – 4 days. Method statements and Tree Protection Plans – Between 1 and 3 days.
Our Tree Surveyors
At Arbtech, our arboriculturists don’t undertake subsidence work, or get involved with challenging conservation area boundaries, Tree Preservation Order (TPO) appeals, or bid for large scale tree safety surveys. We don’t do any of this because we are not jacks of all trades. We are the masters of one, having an unwavering focus on the BS5837 tree survey, trees and development.
Because helping people with tree problems secure a planning application is all we ever do, we’ve become pretty nifty at it, and we’re justifiably proud of our reputation for being the best in the business. A reputation that we have spent well over a decade earning.
Not only are we able to complete your tree survey quickly and efficiently, but working with us also has the following benefits:
We provide you with fixed prices and no hidden extras
We have a 98% success rate in planning
To make everything as simple as possible, you can book over the phone
We save you money by reducing delays
The Tree Survey Process
Before we do any professional tree inspections, we kick things off by asking you a few key questions. What are you planning to do, how, and where? With a site plan and other detailed information provided, we can get your project moving forward at warp-speed.
Occasionally, the challenges of your project are especially demanding, and still less regularly, even our tree survey capacity is overwhelmed – but most of the time, you’re looking at a couple or three days for your tree survey and accompanying tree report.
In the majority of circumstances, you would receive your completed tree report within a few short days of one of our consultants visiting your site and getting all present trees inspected and the tree survey conducted in its entirety.
We can do this because of our investment in visual tree assessment technology such as tree motion sensors, our many years of experience undertaking (probably thousands and certainly) hundreds of projects that present near identical constraints and challenges to your own site, and our personal relationships and reputation among the majority of local authorities throughout the UK.
The BS5837 tree survey itself consists of one of our team of arboricultural consultants assessing all trees on the site and cross-examining their location with the specifications of your proposed project. Based on these observations, the professional arboriculturist can determine whether the presence of trees will conflict with the aims of the development project, and if they do, they will need to find ways of altering the project to avoid causing harm to trees present.
Then, if this isn’t possible, they can use a grading system to rate the quality, value, life expectancy, and physiological and structural condition of each tree. Using this system, they can make important, informed decisions for each tree that will be impacted by the development between relocating or destroying them. Additionally, every professional tree surveyor in our ranks has a duty of care over providing high quality tree reports and tree surveys, as well as ensuring tree care on single trees during a tree inspection that will prevent unnecessary damage to natural assets, the environment or local biodiversity.
Uniquely, we employ an expert team of arboriculturists and tree surveyors that are located throughout the country to conduct a tree survey in a broad range of locations. So, except in highly unusual circumstances, the only variable determining the tree survey cost is the number of trees you have.
How Much Does a Tree Survey Cost?
In the vast majority of instances, developmental plots of land that are yet to pass a planning application have 100 trees or fewer and, in response to this, we developed a banded, easy to understand price structure for our BS5837 tree survey: 1-20 trees, 21-50 trees and 51-100 trees; starting at just £349 plus VAT. Naturally, these prices are inclusive of our expenses. (If your site has >100 trees, just call us and we’ll get you a quote back within the hour.)
Due to the fact that all of the surveyors in our arboricultural consultancy conduct each tree survey to the acceptable level, we are confident that you won’t be refused planning consent on the basis of following our advice. So much so, in fact, that we offer a 100%, no quibble, money-back guarantee on all of our tree survey and tree report services.
Full UK Coverage
When looking for a tree surveyor to help with your project, you’ll probably be keen to find a reliable arboricultural consultancy in your local area to undertake tree surveys to an acceptable level. Arbtech arboricultural consultants cover almost all areas throughout UK due to our efficient company structure.
Although many of our arboricultural tree surveys are done near some of the UK’s largest towns and cities, we’ll cover nearly anywhere, so speak to our team today, provide them with detailed information of your site and project, and we’ll get a free no obligation quote out to you.
Additionally, at this stage, we can answer any further questions you may have about planning conditions, types of tree on your plot of land, useful information to eliminate any confusion surrounding the scientific name given to certain factors in the process, and further insight into the full range of methods we use to reduce risk. We can then assist you on your project and act as an expert witness for providing sound decisions and impactful tree management recommendations during a British standard tree survey.
Tree Surveys Made Simple
To get a tree surveyor (arboriculturist) working on your project, all you need to do is call our friendly team of arboricultural surveyors or provide us with your details using the quote form. We’ll ask for accurate information on the trees and the site we need to provide a quote.
We will send you a detailed quote explaining all you need to know about tree surveying, as well as offering information on anything else you may have questions about such as the process of carrying out a tree survey and how we undertake tree surveys, details over specific areas and a breakdown of potentially complicated concepts that may be given a scientific name you are unaware of such as fungal decay, root protection areas and canopy cover, and more technical areas such as the ins and outs of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
If you want to proceed with the tree survey then just let us know using the booking form that we provide and we will then arrange a date to complete the work. When you request a quote from us, there is no obligation to proceed with the work at all, so you’ve got nothing to lose by getting in touch and obtaining a quote for a tree survey almost anywhere in the UK.
If you have any questions at all, whether it’s about individual trees on your site or details about your planning process, if protected trees, a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), conservation area or tree owner could affect your project, or if you simply want more information about any of the services we provide such as the tree condition survey, high quality tree reports or the tree management recommendations and general sound decisions we make in a tree survey, then contact us and our knowledgeable team at the head office in Chester will be happy to help.
Health and Safety Tree Survey
As well as a tree survey designed to support planning conditions, we frequently undertake assessments for health and safety purposes. Some of our private or commercial clients may need a tree survey to check if single trees on their property pose a risk.
Whether the site poses potential hazards or we are forced to carry out a tree survey in bad weather, we can carry out an assessment to help with this. Likewise, another branch of this involves avoiding other potential issues, such as ensuring that the correct protocol is followed for trees under an existing Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or situated within a designated conservation area.
Our team always consider safety aspects during any tree survey and will use accurate information from grading each tree to determine the life expectancy of trees on the site, as well as addressing fungal decay and evidence suggesting the likelihood of tree failure. Through this approach, our arboricultural consultants can make informed decisions to reduce risks and eliminate safety aspects that could have otherwise caused damage to people or the local environment.
Tree Survey Feedback
Still not convinced by our tree inspections and tree care services? Following over a decade of undertaking tree surveys all over the UK, we have quickly become the number one experts for tree surveys nationwide. Today, we ensure a tree surveyor in each area across England and certain sections of Scotland and Wales, making it possible for our clients to book tree inspections regardless of location.
Before booking a tree inspection with Arbtech, check out our reviews. We have hundreds of 5-star reviews on our reviews page. Here is one example of the great feedback we get from our clients…
Arboricultural Method Statement, Tree Protection Plan
Matt was very quick to pick up the file and realised the importance of getting it done ASAP so we could amend our planning application. Matt also made us aware of the negative areas we had within the application and those that could possible effect a decision in our favour.
Great feedback and attention to detail throughout the process.
The time it takes to do a tree survey depends on the size of the site and the type of tree survey and can vary quite a lot. Most developments fall into one of three categories: 1-20 trees, 21-50 trees and 51-100 trees.
In the majority, for all of these size sites the tree inspection itself is something like a day on site and another back in in the office.
We generally write the tree report for your tree survey within a couple of days after visiting your site. We also have a paid upgrade service, if you're really up against it, so you can get a 24 hours turnaround for your tree survey, whether you're in Manchester or Maidenhead.
If a site has less than 20 trees, we generally provide a tree survey at a starting price of £349+VAT. The total price will vary depending on the size of the project and the type of tree survey that you will need.
Other factors affecting the cost include the level of tree survey data we need to collect, which may include things like shading analysis in addition to the more standard canopy spreads and the root protection area that BS5837 demands of a tree survey. Get a free, no obligation quote today.
A tree survey is an assessment, usually made by a qualified arboriculturist, of a tree or group of trees in terms of their structural and physiological condition, which together with a BS837 categorisation (A, B, C or U).
This helps achieve the aim of providing useful information on the trees so that property owners can decide what do do with their trees, and understand how they can impact their property or development.
This type of survey is needed for development sites with trees (on or abutting them) that could be affected during the design, demolition or construction phases.
BS5837 is the British Standard for Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction. The latest version of BS5837 was published in 2012.
Our arboricultural surveyors and consultants have worked at Arbtech for an average of 8 years, some for more than 15 years. In that time, they will have completed thousands of tree survey assessments to help clients gain a planning consent, approve a mortgage, or manage the risk of their trees to the general public.
Normally, 1-3 days after the tree survey. This will depend upon how complex your site is, the QC process and how many trees you have.
You can pay for an upgraded Next Working Day tree report service for a small premium.
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