Learn More About Tree Surveys in York
Derived from the Brittonic name Eboracum meaning “place of the yew trees”, York is a city in the northeast of England that was founded by the Romans, with the 13th Century Gothic cathedral and 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 and 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, 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
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.
Tree Survey Categories
Put simply, a BS5837 tree survey categorises the trees on and neighboring your development. A survey inspects the tree’s health, contribution to biodiversity, and expected longevity. They are 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. They don’t interfere with your site or development as they are such low quality, 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.
Start Your Tree Survey in York
Customer service is our priority, your surveys will be carried out by one of our expert arboriculture consultants, that live and work in York and the surrounding areas.
Our tree surveyors have an extensive and insightful understanding of arboriculture and the impact assessment process. If you require more information regarding the survey process or arboriculture-related questions, feel free to give us a call.