bs5837 tree surveyTree Survey (BS5837)

Any planning application that may affect trees is required to include a tree survey and report that considers the impact of the proposed development on the trees both on and around the site.

As a minimum, Local Planning Authorities require compliance with the methodology set out in ‘British Standard 5837: 2012 Trees in relation to construction – Recommendations‘ (BS5837: 2012).

The survey will accurately map the location of all significant individual trees and groups of trees onto a topographical plan, and determine their size, condition and retention value.

The survey information is used to produce a tree constraints plan which documents the canopy extent, and the root protective distances required to ensure that trees are protected during development and to ensure their future health and stability.

Once the design has been completed, a detailed tree report to accompany a planning application is required that describes which trees will be retained, where protective fencing will be placed, and any new tree planting proposals. A full BS5837 tree report such as this includes an arboricultural implications assessment, a tree protection plan and method statements for work near to trees.

We are also able to offer the following arboricultural services:

•       Tree risk assessment and safety management
•       Tree health and safety reports
•       Tree condition inspections
•       Woodland management plans
•       Tree Preservation Order (TPO)/Trees in Conservation Area advice
•       Tree-related subsidence reports
•       Amenity tree valuation
•       Diagnosing trees for ill health or diseases
•       Veteran tree survey and management
•       Planting scheme design
•       Planning application advice
•       Arboricultural Impact Studies / Method Statements.

Acer Ecology can provide a range of ecological services and ecological training or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) support. For more information on our biodiversity services, call us on 029 2065 0331.