These are the main arboricultural services we offer, but we would be very happy to discuss your requirements outside these categories.
We have surveyors based throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire to provide cost-effective aroricultural surveys.
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We have seen an increase in the requirements of local authority planners with respect to consideration of trees in relation to building projects. Greenlight can advise on the arboricultural aspects of a proposed development as a separate service, or in concert with the ecology and landscape aspects of a site. All arboricultural surveys and reports are completed by LANTRA qualified tree inspectors and tree climbers. For more information, please click on the headings below.
Our deliverables in this area include arboricultural impact assessments, tree inspections and the advice required to meet British Standard 5837:2012 Trees in Relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations. For the latter, we advise on protection measures to prevent harm to trees during construction projects. Tree surveys also typically include a CAD drawing of trees on the site, key biometrics (including species, condition, height, crown spread and stem diameter) and an assessment of their health and value to the site.
We are able to inspect trees from ground level or at height, if required. Inspection at height is also useful to assess potential wildlife interests in a tree, for example bats roosts or nesting birds. We also hold the necessary Natural England licensing to provide bat roost inspections.
Arboricultural Impact Assessments
An Arboricultural Impact Assessment is prepared on the basis of the information gathered during the tree survey and is required by the British Standard relating to trees and development, BS5837: 2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition & construction – Recommendations.
The purpose of the Arboricultural Impact Assessment is to report the potential effects of any tree loss required to implement the design of a development and to list the issues that need to be addressed by an Arboricultural Method Statement.
Arboricultural Method Statements
An Arboricultural Method Statement may be required where proposed developments or site activities might have an adverse impact on retained trees on a development site. The report will contain the controls to safeguard those trees throughout the construction process.
Examples of site activities that could impact on trees include works to hard surfaces close to trees, demolition works, installing services, general building and landscaping.
Tree Mortgage Reports
Tree mortgage reports may be required by mortgage providers if there are trees on or adjacent to a property. These reports aim to assess the implications for direct and indirect damage from trees, and will state any recommendations that may be required (e.g. pruning, crowning, felling, etc.).
Direct damage occurs where the structural integrity of a property is compromised by a tree. This may include branches and stems growing against walls or roofs, or tree roots growing into or under walls or foundations.
Indirect damage could occur where tree or shrub roots obtain water from the soil under foundations, reducing its volume and potentially causing differential movement of the structure.
Woodland Assessments are designed to assist owners with managing their woodlands for specific uses, including extracting sustainable amounts of firewood, utilising woodlands for long term bio mass fuel requirements or managing woodlands for wildlife.
Greenlight can advice on how best to manage your woodland(s) and achieve your goals by:
- Assessing for grant applications and statutory permissions.
- Assessing for Forestry Commission New Environmental Land Management Scheme (“NELMS”) compliant woodland management plans.
- Deer management plans and deer impact assessments.
- Botanical, archaeological and protected species assessments.
- Assessing for woodland tree health surveys and planning.