Everything You Need to Know About Tree Surveys in Leicestershire
The county well-known for its Red Leicester and Stilton cheese, Leicestershire is located in the East Midlands. It borders Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Derbyshire.
Charnwood Forest is a part of England’s unexpected uplands, which was formed during a volcanic eruption 600 million years ago. It consists of wooded valleys, granite-topped hills, grasslands, and heathlands.
Around 4% of Leicestershire is now home to woodland. Charnwood Forest covers around 16,000 hectares and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and lots of local wildlife.
A large portion of the northwest of the county, near Coalville, shapes part of the new National Forest, which extends into Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The National Forest is 200 square miles of varied and lively landscape and the forest consists of ancient and newly planted trees.
Tree Planting in Leicestershire
The woodland cover has surged from 6% in 1991 to 19.5% in 2013 and by 2016, over 8 million new trees had been planted. Out of those planted, 85% of species are native broadleaf species. The most commonly planted are; ash, poplar, English oak, Corsican pine, and Scots pine.
The English oak supports more life than any other native tree species in the UK and its fallen leaves support biodiversity. It is generally a large tree that can grow up to 20-40 metres tall.
The leaves of an English oak are around 10cm long, with smooth edges and 4-5 deep lobes. Believe it or not, trees have flowers and the English oak has them in the form of long, yellow catkins, which distribute pollen into the air.
The acorns are the fruits of the oak, they ripen from green to brown and fall to the ground, where they then emerge the following spring. As a species, the English oak is extremely common, more so in deciduous woods in southern and central Britain.
The ash tree is one of the UK’s most common trees, threatened by ash dieback. This fungal destructive disease, which has the potential to cause significant damage to the ash population of the UK. This would have a knock-on effect on ecology and woodland biodiversity. Full-grown ash can reach a height of 35 metres.
They tend to grow in groups which then form a large, domed canopy. Leaves typically compromise 3-6 opposite pairs of oval, light green leaves. An ash tree is dioecious, meaning female and male flowers usually grow on different branches.
The female flowers are pollinated by the wind and then develop into pronounced, winged fruits in the late summer or early autumn. They drop from the tree during winter and early spring and are spread by mammals and birds.
The Corsican pine tree is a variety of black pine, which is fast growing. The height of this tree can reach up to 27 metres, leaves are long needles that grow in pairs with a distinctive twist.
Its seeds are large cones mostly falling to the ground in autumn. This tree favours the south and eastern areas of Britain, where there are higher levels of sunshine and lower summer rainfall.
Trees and the Environment
Trees provide a vital contribution to the quality of our lives. They enhance our gardens, towns and villages, parks and streets and they provide enormous environmental benefits.
Trees improve our air quality and aid in reducing pollution by releasing oxygen as part of their growth process. They absorb carbon dioxide which aids in fighting climate change. Trees are crucial for wildlife, providing food and homes for a variety of species.
Leicestershire County Council has put in place The Tree Management Strategy 2020-2025. The strategy covers a range of different activities which include; ensuring the safety of the public, resolving conflict between the environment and the tree, benefit wildlife and ecology, accelerate the longevity of trees, and the benefits they provide.
With this plan, Leicestershire County Council pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030, so if you’re thinking of carrying out development work that will impact on trees in this area you will need to have a BS5837 tree survey conducted by a trained tree surveyor.
Getting Started with Your Tree Survey
The environmental consideration isn’t just limited to areas of natural interest, even the oak tree at the bottom of your garden may deem it necessary for you to put measures into your plans to retain and conserve them.
If you don’t have the necessary tree surveys carried out, your local planning authority likely won’t grant you planning permission for your proposed development. This is where our team of trained arboriculturists can help.
We have a team of 10 expert surveyors that work in and around the Leicestershire area who are ready to offer you advice. So if you require a tree survey – choose Arbtech.