Arboricultural Method Statement for Developments

An Arboricultural method statement is a document that outlines the procedures and methods that will be used to manage trees and vegetation during a particular project or activity. It is a detailed plan that outlines how the work will be done safely, efficiently, and in accordance with industry standards and best practices.

This document is typically prepared by a qualified tree consultant, and it outlines the steps that will be taken to ensure the safety of workers and the public, protect the health and wellbeing of trees, and meet any legal or regulatory requirements.

What is included in an Arboricultural Method Statement?

The statement typically includes the following information:

  1. A description of the work to be carried out, including the location of the trees, their species and size, and any potential hazards or risks associated with the work.
  2. A list of the equipment and tools that will be used, along with details of any specialised equipment that may be required.
  3. A description of the techniques and methods that will be used to carry out the work, including any pruning or felling techniques that will be used.
  4. A schedule of site visits, including start and finish times, and any planned breaks.
  5. A list of the personnel involved in the work, including their qualifications and experience, as well as details of any training or certification required.
  6. Health and safety considerations, including risk assessments, emergency procedures, and any relevant permits or permissions required.
  7. Environmental considerations, including any potential impact on the surrounding habitat, and any measures that will be taken to minimise environmental damage.

What can an Arboricultural Method Statement be used for?

An arboricultural method statement is a document that outlines the proposed methods and procedures for undertaking tree works. It can be used for various purposes, including:

  1. Planning applications: A local planning authority may require an arboricultural method statement as part of a planning application for planning permission if a development may impact trees.
  2. Tree maintenance and removal: An arboricultural method statement can be used to create tree protection plans and carry out tree protection measures or removal of trees in public spaces, such as parks or on highways.
  3. Health and safety: The statement outlines the necessary precautions that must be taken to ensure the safety of workers, members of the public, and the environment during tree works.
  4. Risk assessment: An arboricultural method statement can help identify and assess the risks associated with tree works and provide measures to mitigate those risks.
  5. Legal compliance: The document can be used to ensure that tree works comply with all relevant legal requirements and regulations, including tree preservation orders and wildlife legislation.

How can Collington Winter assist?

If you require more information regarding an Arboricultural Method Statement, Arboricultural Impact Assessments or further tree surveys, our team at Collington Winter will be more than capable to assist you. You can email our Ecology Director at or use the form below and a member of our team will be in touch with you.

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