What is a Tree Survey?
A tree survey is a specialised survey that assesses the size, age, health and life expectancy of a tree that has a diameter of over 75mm, then provides recommendations on the further treatment of the tree and whether it should be retained or removed from a site. It will also issue recommendations on whether any remedial work be required, if the tree is to remain on site.
A tree survey can often be required as part of a planning application for a property development project, in particular if the development will affect the surrounding landscape and trees situated within that landscape. Tree surveys can also be carried out for insurance purposes for both domestic and commercial clients.
In order to be suitable for planning applications, tree surveys should always be conducted in line with British Standard 5837-2012. This ensure that the survey is carried out to the highest standard and complies with the regulations set within the standard.
Occasionally, when a tree survey is carried out, the tree surveyed is identified as having a Tree Protection Order (TPO) applied to it. These can often be applied to trees when they are located in a specific area or they have been identified as having significant amenity value, rare or a particularly good specimen. Trees with a TPO applied to them will require additional documentation and searches carried out due to the stipulations set in place. Visit our page on Tree Protection Orders for more information.
How does it work?
Following your initial contact with ProHort, we will be able to provide you with any advice you may require regarding the requirements for the tree survey and arrange for our specialist consultant to carry out the survey. You will need to provide us with an idea of how many trees are located on the site, in order for us to be able to provide you with an idea of costing.
The specialist consultant will then visit the site to carry out the survey and take any required measurements. If required, the consultant will meet with yourself or the client onsite to ensure that any specific requirements for the survey are incorporated into the resulting report.
The tree survey report will then be put together and sent in the form of a digital PDF within 48 hours of the site visit taking place. The report can be provided under ProHort branding or, alternatively, it can be provided as a white label document to be incorporated into your own documentation.
Please see below for a breakdown of what you will receive upon completion of the tree survey. Please click here, to see a full list of the services we offer.