We looked carefully at each tree, identifying factors such as their height, age and condition. The majority were mature trees and were a mix of species, including Norway maple, Scots pine, sycamore and ash. None had protected status, but they did include several Category A specimens. This meant they were of prime condition and quality; essentially trees that are particularly good examples of their species.
Some of the trees on the land were grouped together in a linear formation, which constituted a significant feature of the site.
Our client wanted to know how they could design the layout of the site to accommodate the existing trees. As part of this, we produced a Tree Constraints Plan, which identified the extent of the roots and canopies. This gave the client an indication of where they should or should not build, and after working closely with the client and an architect, we suggested they scale down their development. As a result they reduced the number of properties from seventeen to twelve, and modified parts of the proposed layout.