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Derived from the Brittonic name ‘eboracum’ meaning ‘place of the yew trees’, York is a city in the North East of England that was founded by the Romans, with a 13th Century Gothic cathedral and a castle built by William the Conqueror. York is located in an area of fertile arable space called the Vale of York, which is bordered by the Yorkshire Dales, the Pennines, North York Moors, and the Yorkshire Wolds. York is surrounded by a green belt area.

Maintaining this landscape is the long-term objective of York Environmental Trust, known as YNET. The trust was established in 1988 by a party of concerned individuals who were worried about the situation of York’s green spaces. YNET’s aim is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural environment of York.

Preserving York’s Landscapes

YNET has teamed up with Treemendous York Partnership, a voluntary non-profit group supported by the City of York Council. The partnership was founded in 2011 with an aim of bringing together other individuals and organisations with an interest in preserving and nurturing the area, pushing forward a programme designed to plant 50,000 trees in Greater York.

They have other links with conservation volunteers across North Yorkshire, the Woodland Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. One of their aims is to help York with flooding issues as trees help absorb water from the ground.

One forest located southernly to the North York Moors, Dalby Forest has over 8,000 acres of woodland. It is also known as the North Riding Forest Park. They have implemented another strategy to help preserve trees and their environment.

PAWS and York’s Trees

Alongside the local council’s conservation areas and Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs), PAWS (Plantation Ancient Woodland Sites) helps conserve veteran trees and continue restoration of PAWS in native woodland. Dalby Forest is home to a number of tree species. The Sitka spruce is a dominant species, with 30% of the planted area of the forest.

Larch and pine are at around 16% occupation of the forest with mixed broadleaves – mostly beech, accounting for 11%. Lesser species consist of birch, ash, sycamore, alder, and oak.

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An arboricultural consultant carrying out a tree survey in York

Tree Survey Categories

Put simply, a tree survey categorises the trees on and neighbouring your development. A BS5837 tree survey inspects the tree’s health, contribution to biodiversity, and expected longevity as part of a form of impact assessment and tree management. During BS5837 tree surveys – the primary form of tree survey – each tree on the site will be put into categories A, B, C and U.

Category A are the most valuable trees. They are in good health, prominent, and have other important qualities like supporting ecosystems or cultural value. Generally, no local planning authority will let you carry out work above or below ground, or within an influencing distance of the tree, unless under mitigating circumstances.

The trees in Category B are normally in a similar classification to Cat A trees. Local planning authorities like to see Cat B trees preserved. If they do need removing, compensatory planting can be achieved.

Category C trees are normally in poor condition, with the loss (unless in large quantities) not considered a risk for planning. However, your local council will likely want a compensatory tree planting in its place after removal.

Category U trees are usually dead or dying and pose a risk to safety. Environmentally, they don’t have a useful contribution, and they don’t interfere with your site or development as they are such low quality. As such, they should be removed regardless.

It’s important to replace the ecological contribution to the environment as trees are not only aesthetically pleasing but provide a home and food source to a variety of animals such as birds, bats and squirrels. Upon completion of tree surveys, arboricultural consultants will assemble high standard tree reports to provide impartial advice and pro-active recommendations that will prevent damage to these habitats, contribute to the development project and assist the application for planning permission to the local planning authority.

Start Your Tree Survey in York

As customer service is our priority, your tree survey will be carried out by one of our expert arboricultural consultants that live and work in York and the surrounding areas of North Yorkshire. Through an effective arboricultural method statement process, arboricultural impact assessments and a reputation for providing advice on tree management on numerous development sites, the professional members of our team who focus on arboricultural services will be able to conduct a quality tree survey on your site. As a result, they will be more than capable of producing tree reports with everything you need to secure a successful planning application.

Our tree surveyors have an extensive and insightful understanding of arboriculture and the impact assessment process, and they’ve been providing tree surveys across York and nearby areas for several years. Likewise, where applicable, each arboricultural consultant operates as one of several professional members of an arboricultural association to ensure that the latest standards are followed. We also cover the rest of the country, so feel free to speak to us if you require a tree survey in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire or, frankly, any other area.

If you require more information regarding the tree survey process, arboriculture-related questions or simply contacting an arboricultural consultant in regards to providing tree surveys on your site, feel free to give us a call, fill in the free quote form at the bottom of this page, or refer to the other methods of communication outlined on our ‘Contact Us‘ page.

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