Tree Reports & Surveys
We carry out three main types of tree report: Tree Hazard Evaluation Reports, and BS5837 Arboricultural Implication Assessments for planning applications and tree reports for mortgage applications. Conducting a Tree Hazard Evaluation Report is considered best practise for land owners who own trees on land bordering public property or whose land is open to the public, they can also be useful to home owners who are concerned about their own trees or whose neighbours are concerned. These tree reports will record information on the species, age and condition of your trees, noting their future potential and any issues which may affect their safety. Recommendations will be made for works and these will be prioritised accordingly. We hold extensive professional indemnity insurance to back up our survey work, we can give you the peace of mind that by getting a report done you have satisfied your duty of care under the Occupiers Liability Act.
Tree reports for planning applications are intended to inform the planning officer of the tree cover on site and its location, condition and future potential to help inform their decision. We are happy to discuss your requirements prior to submitting an application, initial consultations are free and can save you money as we will likely be able to give an indication as to the planners decision prior to the application being submitted.
In the last few years it has become more common for Mortgage Lenders to ask for tree reports prior to lending on a property. This is mainly due to an increased number of subsidence claims which can be very expensive to settle. The good news is that trees will only cause subsidence in cases where the tree and the building are sited on shrinkable clay soil. Shrinkable clays are problematic as the expand and contract according to the moisture level within them. Trees can reduce the moisture level as they take up water from the ground, on the other hand felling a tree can lead to an increase in soil moisture content. Trees can also damage buildings and structures if they are growing too close, generally a tree will not harm a heavy structure with a solid foundation but lighter structures such as garden walls and paving can be easily damaged by tree roots. Our Arborists will produce a report to give you peace of mind and satisfy your mortgage lender.