The information we gathered from our client about the house, which included a structural survey, was encouraging. Since being built in the 1930s there had never been any indication that it had suffered significant damage from the nearby tree or its roots. However, since we cannot rely solely on existing data when making an assessment, we planned to visit the property to carry out a thorough inspection. We did so within twenty-four hours of receiving our client’s instruction.
The tree was twelve metres in height. Upon inspection it was clearly safe and in good condition. It had caused some damage to the pavement and minor cracks to the boundary wall of the property. However, the soil in the surrounding area had a low plasticity index. This means it is not prone to major shrinkage, making subsidence less likely.