What does the process involve?
It’s easiest to look at the BS5837 process in terms of its three stages and their components. If you’re not sure which stages you need for your project, just get in touch and we will be happy to advise.
The tree survey and Tree Constraints Plan and Report
We begin the tree survey by visiting the development site. The main purpose of this is to identify the quality of trees on the site, and to measure how far their canopies and roots extend.
At the same time, we carry out a Tree Constraints Plan and Report. This:
- helps to inform where development can proceed without impacting on amenity trees.
- identifies which trees should be retained and which could be removed if necessary. As part of this we identify any statutory restrictions such as Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and Conservation Areas. We also grade the quality of each tree.
Arboricultural Impact Assessment, heads and terms of any Arboricultural Method Statement, Arboricultural Impact Plan, draft Tree Protection Plan, and Tree Works Plan (if required)
Stage 2 is designed to help you maximise the potential of your development without impacting on the trees (which could risk a planning refusal). This involves:
- providing advice about the impact on retained trees.
- identifying any potential problems/conflicts that your local authority’s planning department could take issue with.
- maximising your chance of a successful planning application by offering solutions to any potential problems.
Stage 2 also involves drawing up a draft Tree Protection Plan. This outlines where tree protection fencing should sit and where storage of materials should be located. It also outlines where contractors’ parking should be and where ground protection will be needed.
Sometimes we recommend undertaking work to any trees. If this is the case, we will create a Tree Works Plan.
Detailed Arboricultural Method Statement (if required)
Once design proposals are finalised and approved by your local authority’s planning department, it may be necessary to undertake a detailed Arboricultural Method Statement. This advises how to ensure that retained trees are not damaged during construction. Most planning applications will require one if trees are on or near to a site.