Tree Surveys

Tree Surveys
Why should I have a tree survey done, and what is involved?
There are many varied reasons for a Tree Survey. Some examples; legal disputes; planning applications ;trees in conflict with utilities; dangerous trees overhanging a public road and; neighbours trees in conflict with your property. Amongst many examples.

A tree survey is a detailed document about trees, their situation, surroundings, their potential impact on surrounding structures(buildings and public highways) and most importantly, their potential for failure.

Legal Disputes

A tree survey/inspection is carried out regarding disputes and in particular where a tree comes into contact with property, resulting in damage. Or leading to Health and Safety concerns.
A Tree Survey will normally comprise of information on such varied items including, but not limited to tree species, their positions, conditions and dimensions. Each Tree Survey is individually tailored and will vary according to each client’s needs. There is no such thing as a standard Tree Survey.

Planning Applications

Tree Surveys are often required as part of a planning application.
This applies especially in the case of mature trees and where a TPO (Tree Protection Order) exists. Generally Local Authorities will ask for the impact construction will have on existing trees, as part of the Planning and Development Act 2000.

As a result Local Authorities may ask for a tree planting regime to be put in place. This will be done in order to compensate for any tree removal that may have been carried out during construction.
Again you may be asked to put a programme in place as to how trees that are being retained will be protected while construction is being carried out.

A Tree Survey can be carried out on behalf of a client if they are considering purchasing a property, if trees are growing on or near the property. And may at some future point cause subsidence damage. Such damage is expensive to rectify or remedy. Therefore a TrP1010578ee Survey can be much more economical than leaving the trees to their own devices. A tree is a beautiful addition to anyone's property, but if in the wrong place and ignored can lead to unforeseen damages and costs.
Trees are not like car accidents and do not happen suddenly. By the time the evidence of problems such as subsidence or interference with services e.g water, gas, telecommunications, etc become apparent it is generally too late to rectify and resolve the situation without incurring substantial costs.

People plant trees on property boundaries (both Broadleaf & Evergreen). Invariably you will find that the majority of people will maintain such trees and hedges. But there are people who completely negate their responsibility towards such issues. This can have serious consequences to not only their own properties, but also their neighbouring properties. Which can manifest itself in relatively minor issues such as light reduction. Or the somewhat more serious issue of invasion by root systems. Most importantly tree failure can result in property damage or injury to persons.
In the most severe cases not alone will the person fail to maintain their boundaries but will also refuse to allow their neighbours to undertake such basic maintenance. Issues such as these often and invariably lead to legal disputes between two parties. A Tree Survey impact study can be an invaluable tool to any legal team in these types of disputes. Such documents are generally viewed favourably when presented as part of a comprehensive legal argument.

Big Dog Tree Consultancy
Passage West,
Phone: 087 - 2513627