At Godwins Tree Surveys we have experienced many planning issues involving trees. When the planning process doesn’t factor in existing trees at the beginning of the process, the results can be chaotic. As arboriculturalists, we fully understand how and why assessing tree quality and appraising trees in relation to future development is critical to the overall process. To potentially avoid further complications caused by poor planning, let’s discuss a few of the most common but important arboricultural issues to be considered by an arboriculturalist when appraising trees.
Analyzing the health of the trees within a site is critical to ensuring the right trees are retained. In our arboriculturalist report, (which is undertaken to British Standard BS5837 – Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction) we outline our recommendations for tree removal based on the condition of the quality of the trees. This guarantees that the proposed development enjoys healthy trees for years to come.
Root Protection Area (RPA)
Determining whether or not root protection is possible based on the requirements of the project is equally important. A comprehensive tree survey will outline how best to protect the tree stem, branches and roots of the trees within the site. Healthy roots lead to healthy trees, and by mapping the Root Protection Area of each tree it’s an arboricultural consultants job to ensure that this happens.
Arboricultural Impact Assessment
If there are constraints on construction it is important to outline that well in advance. Trees that are to be retained within a development site must avoid conflict with proposed layout plans, which can be done via an Arboricultural Impact Assessment. Without an Arboricultural Impact Assessment, quality trees that add value could be lost during or post development. Our arboriculturalist services help prevent that from happening.
Tree Protection Plan
Before any proposed layout is laid in stone, an arboriculturalist should view your project and development area to see which trees would best serve your project and provide a Tree Protection Plan. A Tree Protection Plan shows how those trees of good quality are to be protected during construction.
Appointing an Arboriculturalist
If you are in need of a professional arboriculturalist report for your proposed scheme, please consider giving us a call. We’ll outline these and any other concerns you may have for trees on within your site.