The core of the business is tree surveying. We are experienced in Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) and can quickly identify tree problems. Our surveyors are experienced and qualified in a range of risk assessment methodologies, so we are well placed to help deal with species characteristics, hazard identification, site constraints and risk reduction management. Whether you have concerns about an unhealthy tree, spotted a structural issue or fruiting body or just need to apply for planning permission to undertake works, we are here to help.
The majority of tree surveys are by Ground-Based Visual Tree Assessments in one form or another, and the information collected is the building block of all our work, whether for an application for tree works, large-scale planning applications or a tree management scheme.
Tree surveys range from simple health and safety assessments to help improve management to being more detailed valuations or health and risk appraisals to suit your site and requirements.
These can be simple ground-based visual assessments or supported by equipment that enables us to look from above the canopy, within the canopy, even within the tree stem or below the tree, roots, and soil.
INDIVIDUAL TREE SURVEY
This survey will help you best manage your tree’s current condition, health and safety issues and any risk offered to persons or property. The information provided will help with managing the tree(s) now and in the future and helps identify and specify problems, risk or works required, giving you peace of mind and your trees the best care available.
The information is presented as a plan, a tree schedule, and a brief overview of the key observations. It is suitable for owners of a single tree, more significant tree populations or multiple sites. A good analogy is to think of this as an MOT for your trees to help maintain a reasonable level of health and safety and to fulfil your duty of care.
WALKTHROUGH TREE SURVEY
This survey (sometimes referred to as negative reporting) helps you understand the risks offered by your trees and enables you to manage this to an acceptable level by helping identify and prioritise works. This assessment centres on the assumption that all of your trees are in a reasonable state and aims to identify and report on those trees which pose an elevated risk to site users. It is suitable for owners with multiple trees, significant, mixed or multiple sites. A good analogy is to think of this as an assessment of the few broken roof tiles that might leak rather than an assessment of each tile individually.
The information can be presented as a plan, tree schedule or accompanied with a brief overview of the key issues. It is suitable for owners with a single tree, large tree populations or multiple sites.
WOODLAND MANAGEMENT SURVEY
We provide woodland management plans to enable a sustainable management approach. We can provide woodland planting plans and advise on species selection to ensure plantings are robust in light of climate change and pests and diseases.
Woodlands can be managed in many different ways, and we have helped many woodland owners achieve their goals. Typically, we are dealing with the management of trees for safety or trying to maintain a habitat or we are looking to help maintain tree cover through constant cover forestry principles.
Occasionally we help achieve access to enable development in these sensitive environments and as a result, we have a wide range of experience of development in woodlands, from Tree Houses and Yurts through a range of Pods and Lodges to even more robust schemes such as permanent dwellings or conference centres.
VETERAN & VENERABLE TREES
Often the most noticeable trees in the landscape are the large growing or older trees that provide both a strong visual feature in the landscape or provide a valuable connection to previous landscapes and in so doing often provide valuable habitats for a wide range of plants and animals.
These often-geriatric trees are often found with a range of specific issues that will require a range of specific management requirements to help maintain their current form and value to a site, whilst trying to improve their growing conditions and form to help extend their lives for generations to come.
We have a wide range of experience of dealing with trees that are predisposed to or have suffered partial failures or helping to improve declining trees. Trees have the ability to renew and redevelop, and with careful management, this can be encouraged to help trees continue to offer their many benefits.