All landowners are under a ‘common duty of care’ to people who may be damaged by their acts or omissions and must not expose visitors to their property or premises to unacceptable levels of risk. The Occupiers Liability Acts (1957 and 1984) refer to taking ‘reasonable care’ or ‘such care as in all the circumstances of the case is reasonable’. Trees have the ability to damage property and injure people and so they require attention as part of routine management and maintenance of a site.
Our consultants hold the professional tree inspection certificate and have considerable tree management experience. Treecall Consulting can carry out a range of tree surveys and provide appropriate management recommendations. The written reports are also valuable in demonstrating that a prudent approach to tree risk management is in force and can help to minimise liabilities, should an accident occur.
Tree Safety Survey
This is a basic level survey that we find is a cost-effective way of ensuring that problem trees are dealt with in an appropriate and timely manner. All trees within the site are inspected from ground level using the visual tree assessment method but only those that are identified as a hazard and require work for health and safety purposes are recorded. These trees are shown on a location plan to aid identification and all required work is listed in a schedule that includes a safety priority to indicate how soon it should be carried out.
This report can be submitted to the local planning authority in support of a tree work application if consent is needed for any of the recommended work.
Tree Condition Survey
A more detailed survey can provide a snapshot of the current condition of the trees on a site and serve as an inventory to inform and monitor progress towards management objectives. All trees are inspected from ground level using the visual tree assessment method and, in this case, all are recorded on the tree location plan and schedule. The information recorded includes the species, stem diameter, height, age class, physiological and structural condition and arboricultural observations. Recommendations are given for resolving any immediate problems – with a safety priority given, as above – and also to encourage future tree development.
This report can also be submitted to the local planning authority in support of a tree work application if consent is needed and has the additional benefit of demonstrating that the landowner is taking a proactive approach to tree management.