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Indigo Surveys specialises in arboricultural consultancy and as part of our service, we provide a wide range of tree reports, tree plans and can offer you a detailed tree survey service. If you are considering your tree survey cost as part of a development or planning application, we are an experienced and skilled team who can help, with experience working for a number of clients within both commercial and residential fields throughout the UK.
What is a tree survey?
Landowners and developers, as a way of analysing the impact of a development on an area and its immediate surroundings, commonly require a tree survey report. These tree reports provide detailed information to developers and landowners that highlight whether or not trees will offer constraints to the proposed development of an area, either through direct occupation of an area that is to be developed on, or on space adjacent to properties that are to be developed, or next to highways that are due to be constructed.
A tree survey will detail all the information about the trees on the site in question and help determine which trees are to be retained and which are to be removed. They are extremely useful in that they allow proper informed decisions to be made. A professional tree surveyor or arborist will usually work to the British Standard BS5837.
A typical survey will usually outline the following:
– Detail of all the species of tree on site and their specific location
– Measurements of each tree including height and diameter
– The approximate age of the tree
– Condition, health and life expectancy of the tree
– Recommendations whether the tree is to be retained or removed
A tree survey should be conducted by a professional arboriculturalist. A tree report will present the information in an easy to understand way, with all trees clearly marked out and a recommendation for their retention or removal in each case.
Why is a tree survey required?
There are a number of reasons why a tree survey report is required, and our team has experience in working with a vast and varied client base. We will produce thorough tree surveys, on both private and public landscapes, that highlight the legal status of any trees present within the area requested, as well as listing any disease or decay that may be affecting prominent trees in the area. You can then use the information provided by your tree surveyor to inform and support your planning application.
A tree survey provides useful information on the trees and vegetation on a site so that informed decisions can be made on what to do with them. They also help ensure that protected trees are not cut down accidentally, in breach of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
Whether you are a developer, land owner, architect or householder, if you are thinking of constructing a new building or extending an existing one, and this is in close proximity to trees, then you will probably need a tree survey. Surveys are usually required of all trees on the site and those within 12 metres of the site boundary.
We have many years of experience carrying out tree surveys and can help you ascertain the impact that any new development could have on trees and vegetation. The information from a tree survey helps landscape designers come up with realistic designs based on the information, and they can incorporate those trees that cannot be removed into their design.
Additionally the tree survey can point out hazards, especially if trees are diseased and at risk of falling in bad weather, in which case felling would be recommended and the best option for safety. Overall though, a tree survey helps inform UK planning authorities so that sound decisions can be made in the best interests of all parties and your chances of planning approval are much improved.
How Do We Assist Our Clients?
In respect of trees, we regularly advise private clients / homeowners, estate owners and managers, developers, architects, planning consultants, project managers, engineers, councils, solicitors, retailers and other industry professionals, delivering detailed and cost-effective tree reports for a wide range of clients in a number of industries and sectors. We remain committed to delivering high quality practical and innovative solutions in a cost-effective defensible manner.
Our arboricultural consultants and team of technicians are appropriately qualified and experienced, with backgrounds in both private and public-sector work. We provide sensible, client-focused and defensible solutions. No matter the size or scope of the location you are working with, and the scale of the development, we have a team who can conduct thorough and detailed tree surveys that provide all of the information required before moving forward with a project.
This includes any new builds, refurbishments and renovations of existing properties, tree surveys carried out due to health and safety concerns, or to help with insurance and mortgage applications for homeowners. We are experienced enough to help with a wide range of issues, always working to standards and guidelines laid out by our industry, so you can be sure that the work and analysis you receive from the tree surveyor we provide will be able to tick all the right boxes.
Trees & Planning / Construction (BS5837)
If you are proposing any work in proximity to a tree, there is this potential risk of damage to the tree or damage caused by the tree as it grows. Also, if there are trees on or around your site, or within close proximity where they could potentially have an impact, you will need arboricultural advice to assist with your planning application.
As such, we undertake tree surveys to the British Standard 5837: 2012 ‘Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition and Construction – Recommendations’ (BS5837:2012). Arboricultural matters are but one consideration in the planning process and adherence to BS5837 and the councils tree related planning policies ensures a defensible application and reduces time delays.
Our tailored approach assists in maximising your developable space and is further supported by the necessary BS5837 documentation: BS5837 Tree Survey, Root Protection Area calculations, Tree Constraints Plan, scheme review & Arboricultural Implications Assessment, Arboricultural Method Statement and Tree Protection Plan.
As part of any planning application for large-scale development sites, it is vital that an accurate tree survey report is conducted, with precise and detailed information available, prior to any work being carried out. Tree reports must first be issued before any site layout preparation takes place.
These should include the dimensions of trees found on-site, including their height, diameter of stem, crown height and crown spread, the structural integrity of the tree and its physiological condition, and the age class of all trees found on site. From there, a report can be put together that offers grades and classifications of all trees listed in the report, as well as any recommendations before development can continue.
Health & Safety Tree Surveys
Indigo Surveys provide Health & Safety tree risk management surveys. This includes a visual tree assessment including the physiological and structural condition of trees and tree stock to enable cost-effective site management. Under the Occupiers Liability Act 1984, tree owners have a legal responsibility and ‘duty of care’ to ensure the safety of visitors to their land and / or its vicinity.
This includes the need to apply reasonable measures for the safety of their trees. As such they must show that regular tree inspections have been carried out by a competent person. From single trees to estate land, our arboricultural consultants specialise in tree hazard identification and providing sensible tree work recommendations in order to establish an acceptable level of risk.
So how often should trees be inspected? If you spot something to do with the condition of your trees, you should have the tree inspected immediately. Ordinarily, trees should be inspected every three years unless directed otherwise by a specialist. You may wish to have your trees inspected after a bout of severe weather such as storms of excessive rain.
Tree Reports for Mortgage / Insurance
Indigo Surveys provide a tailored approach to tree surveys for homebuyers and homeowners in respect of a home purchase or mortgage / insurance renewal. We consider the trees within impacting and influencing distance of structures and review the likely, anticipated and foreseeable risk of direct and indirect damage (subsidence) being caused to built structures from trees and vegetation.
Also, we consider all trees on and around your property in respect of H&S tree risk management (see above). We undertake a tree survey assessment and provide recommendations to mitigate tree defects and pruning advice to suitably manage your trees. Our specialist team provide a prompt survey and fast report turnaround to address the considerations which you, your advisors and other professionals require.
Damage from Trees / Vegetation
Trees can cause damage to hard surfaces (driveways, paths etc.), light structures (walls, outbuildings etc.) and buildings. Tree/vegetation related damage can be from direct contact and displacement from roots, stem contact or branch contact. Or, damage may be indirect by vegetative influence, i.e. from the extraction of water from shrinkable soils.
Whether it be a preliminary site assessment due to the perceived risk from trees/vegetation, or a detailed investigation of tree-related building damage, our specialist tree consultants can provide preventative and reactive recommendations for tree/vegetation management. We provide tree reports for insurers and work in conjunction with loss adjusters, geotechnical/structural engineers, lawyers and nearby resident to establish the cause of any damage and suggest solutions.
The right initial advice will allow for preventative site management, pruning works and tree felling to be undertaken. Also, advice early after the identification of building damage can allow for the problem to be promptly remediated.
Tree Preservation Orders & Conservation Areas
- Is my tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO)?
- Is my house, my land or my tree located within a Conservation Area?
Indigo Surveys can undertake a baseline H&S tree survey to assess your trees and provide suitable and defensible recommendations for tree risk mitigation and tree stock management. If your trees are protected by TPO or contained within a Conservation Area then you may need Council permission or to submit a prior notification of your intended tree works to the Council.
You can often check whether your trees are protected by TPO or whether a tree is located within a Conservation Area by visiting your local Council website, or you may contact your local authority Tree Officer directly. Should you need prior advice on the management of your trees, assistance in establishing the statutory controls and protection of your trees, or liaising with the local council, contact us for free advice and a fixed cost quote for our tree survey report options.
We understand how to work with local councils, having delivered tree surveys to a number of clients looking for planning application approval on land where there have been trees that require protecting. So, we know how to help you with extensive tree reports. The service at Indigo Surveys is built on a commitment by everyone in our team, including our tree surveyors, to strive for a consistent level of high quality. We offer practical and reliable project solutions, always searching for innovative ways to improve the service we offer our clients.
Every single tree survey report is delivered in a timely and cost-effective manner, ensuring that each time a client gets in touch with us, they can be sure that we will match, or exceed, their expectations. If you wan to know more about our arboricultural, or other services, then contact our helpful team of specialists by calling 0333 123 7080 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We have retained Indigo Surveys to undertake measured surveys and tree services for various projects over the last 5 years and have always found the price, quality and customer service to be excellent. Andrew Turnbull is exceptionally helpful, easy to contact and always responds to queries in a timely manner.”
“I have worked with Indigo on many school projects. Many ran at the same time and had very short pre-construction programmes. Indigo were proactive and able to meet the challenging programmes, which enabled us to meet all submission dates for approval. We were kept aware of all ecology/arboricultural issues from the outset.”
“Indigo’s role in the Project Team was crucial in obtaining Planning Permission on a complex and challenging site. Their expert arboricultural knowledge resulted in successful negotiations with the Planning Authority and helped make the project feasible while also ensuring that it preserved the character of the site.”
“We used Andy at Indigo Surveys for a difficult planning scheme in Wimbledon Village and found his knowledge and strategy in dealing with the various issues thrown up very impressive and the added footprint that this gave the client on the scheme was invaluable. We continue to use Indigo Surveys Ltd for Arboricultural Consultancy services, and would be very happy to recommend them.”