Tree Surveys

Tree Surveys and Arboricultural Impact Assessments for planning applications.

What is a tree survey?

Apart from describing the process of recording trees within a particular site, a tree survey can also refer to both a survey and a specialist report documenting a particular tree-related issue. This may involve identifying the type of quality of trees within a proposed development area or construction site, and making recommendations with clear guidance on how best to ensure that the better-quality trees are protected (referred to as an Arboricultural Impact Assessment). In addition, a building surveyor may request that a report is produced to evaluate potential structural damage issues between trees and a nearby property (often referred to as an Arboricultural Survey). Our specialist surveys focus on providing expert tree-related advice for planning applications and mortgage applications.

Tree survey for planning applications

Godwins provide expert arboricultural advice to assist in the validation of planning applications. We produce specific arboricultural surveys and arboricultural reports for this purpose, which are produced in accordance with BS5837:2012 (Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction). Our detailed reports assess tree quality and define Root Protection Areas to ensure that better quality trees are retained and protected within a development site. Our Arboricultural Impact Assessments highlight potential tree conflicts and provide practical solutions that allow projects to be completed without unnecessary delays. In addition, our BS5837 standard surveys highlight and document where and how tree protection measures should be implemented on our detailed Tree Protection Plans. We offer professional help and advice to all including architects, planners, developers and property owners.

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Tree survey for mortgage approval and homebuyers

We provide tree surveys and reports that evaluate the risk posed by trees to nearby built structures, which are suited to private tree owners applying for mortgages. If a building survey has highlighted a potential tree problem and you are worried about trees causing structural damage, then our arboricultural surveys will give you peace of mind, and provide you with clear information about how trees can be managed to prevent building damage. All our surveys are undertaken by a qualified and insured arboriculturist.

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Robert offers a friendly and professional service and provides a comprehensive report. He is flexible in his approach and is happy to advise on measures that can be taken to reduce the impact of design proposals on trees. We have worked with Robert for many years and envisage working with him for many more.

Eleanor Hall, Director
Hayes & Partners Architects

We are chartered architects and have worked with Robert Godwin for over 10 years on various projects. We have found his company to be professional, knowledgeable, reliable and always available. Robert’s attention to detail is first class and he is well able to deal with the local authorities arboriculturists.

Peter Dickinson
Peter Dickinson Architects

As developers with more than thirty years’ experience our success has depended upon selecting professional advisors and consultants with a high standard of competence. Robert Godwin has acted for us on numerous projects. His work is of the highest standard and has always produced successful results. We look forward to a continuing working relationship.

David Rahal, Director
Malvern Homes Limited, Property Developers

We’ve worked with Godwins Tree Surveys on numerous projects and have always found their service to be efficient, thorough and friendly. A clear quotation at the outset is followed up by a flexible site visit and detailed report; and Robert is always happy to discuss questions and concerns. Highly recommended.

Mark Whitfield, Architect
Whitfield Architects

We have worked with Godwins for a number of years to provide arboricultural advice and prepare statements in support of a variety of planning application submissions. We have found them to be professional, competitively priced and especially responsive at resolving issues during the application process, all of which are essential in order to secure timely planning permissions for our clients.

Chartered Town Planners
De Pol Associates

We have previously used many arboriculturists to prepare tree surveys for our planning applications submissions, but found Godwins to be the most efficient, cost effective and our consultants of choice.

Jason Cartwright, Director
P4B Extend Limited, Architects

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