Tree Surveyor: Surveys, Assessments and Reports

Tree Surveyor

A tree surveyor is a professional who specialises in conducting surveys and assessments of trees. The purpose of a tree survey is to provide information about the condition, age, size, species, and location of trees, as well as any potential hazards or risks associated with them.

Tree surveyors typically use a range of tools and techniques to conduct their surveys, including visual inspections, tree climbing, measurement and mapping tools, and testing. They may also use specialised software and data analysis tools to process and interpret their findings.

The information gathered by tree surveyors can be used for a variety of purposes, such as identifying the best course of action for managing or maintaining trees, assessing the potential impact of development or construction projects on trees, and ensuring compliance with local regulations and laws related to tree conservation and protection.

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What Does a Tree Surveyor Do?

Our tree surveyors are typically hired by homeowners and developers that have trees on their property or site and want to ensure they are healthy, safe, and properly maintained. The duties of a tree surveyor typically include:

  1. Conducting a visual tree assessment to identify their health and condition, including looking for signs of disease, damage, or decay.
  2. Measuring and documenting the size, height, and location of trees, often using specialised tools such as a measuring tape, clinometer, and GPS.
  3. Identifying the species of trees, as well as any potential hazards they may pose to people or property.
  4. Providing recommendations for tree care and management, such as pruning, fertilization, or removal, based on their assessment.
  5. Preparing reports and maps of the trees on a property, which may be used for planning and development purposes, or to comply with local regulations.

Overall, the goal of our tree surveyors is to help ensure the health and safety of protected trees, while also taking into account the needs and goals of the property owner or developer.

Our Tree Surveyor Services

Collington Winter Environmental offer tree surveyor services to all locations in the United Kingdom. We provide a wide range of full UK services, including:

Tree services are typically required by developers involved with the planning and development of a site. Those who have trees located on their property also have a duty of care to ensure that the trees do not pose as a danger to others and should undertake tree surveys to ensure that all of the trees are at an acceptable level.

If you are looking to apply for permission during the planning process and you believe that surrounding trees could impact this, please get in touch to find out more about our tree surveyor services.

Why Are Tree Services Required?

When requesting planning permission for a development, a tree survey may need to be undertaken. Tree surveys and tree reports will be required if a potential development site will be within close proximity to trees and woodland. These types of surveys are needed as local authorities in designated areas are required to review and assess the potential impact that a development could have on the surrounding trees if a planning application is submitted.

Tree surveys for planning are necessary as retained trees are protected under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 and the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. This protection is typically in the form of conservation areas and root protection areas.

Trees that bring a significant benefit to a local area may be protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). A TPO is administered by Local Authorities and no species is automatically protected by a TPO; however, a TPO can be administered on any type of tree. Shrubs, hedges and bushes cannot be protected by a TPO.

If a tree is protected by a TPO, it becomes a criminal offence to wilfully damage, destroy, cut down, top, or lop said tree without obtaining permission from the local authority. If your development requires a tree survey, you will need the extensive range of services from one of our experienced tree surveyors in order to meet tree survey requirements to obtain planning permission.

Why Choose Collington Winter?

Collington Winter believe in a pragmatic approach to development. We meet the needs of developers whilst also ensuring positive outcomes for surrounding wildlife. We work alongside our clients to find solutions and develop relationships.

We believe that an early consultation alongside one of our experienced consultants is the best way to improve the chances of a successful development project with a local planning authority.

Over the years, we have built strong relationships with key stakeholders across the UK. To find out how an arboricultural consultant from our team could assist on your development project, contact us using the details below.

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