We Provide Expert BS5837 Tree Surveys
Local authority planning applications often request that a BS5837 tree survey is submitted as part of the overall planning application. So, what is a BS5837 tree survey, and do Godwins Tree Surveys provide them? The answer is yes, our tree surveyors are fully qualified and insured to undertake your survey and produce your report. Please feel free to contact us for a free quote.
What Is a BS5837 Tree Survey?
A BS5837 tree survey is comprised of several elements, and not just a tree survey. These elements have been set out in British Standard BS5837 – Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction. Please see below for further details about the elements that make up a BS5837 tree survey.
The initial tree survey
Accurately recording the health of the trees within a site is critical to ensuring the right trees are retained. In our BS5837 tree surveys, we outline our recommendations for tree removal based on the condition of the quality of the trees (classed as either A, B, C or U). This guarantees that the proposed development enjoys healthy trees for years to come. At this stage, checks are also made to establish whether any trees are subject to statutory controls, such as a Tree Preservation Order.
Defining Root Protection Areas (RPAs)
Determining whether or not root protection is possible based on the requirements of the project is equally important. A comprehensive BS5837 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 ensures that the trees within the site remain healthy during and after construction.
An 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 development.
A Tree Protection Plan
Before any proposed layout is finalised, an arboriculturalist should view your project and development area to see which trees would best enhance your project. A Tree Protection Plan shows how those trees of good quality are to be protected during construction.
Tree protection fencing
A specific type of tree protection fencing is required to ensure that trees are adequately protected during construction. The fencing must be robust enough to withstand construction site activity and cost-effective enough to not burden the finances of the project. A BS5837 tree survey report will stipulate the most suitable type of fencing for each individual project.
Appointing a Tree Surveyor
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. If you are in need of a professional BS5837 tree survey report for your proposed scheme, please consider contacting us.