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ABORICULTURE

As professionally qualified arborists we specialise in the preservation, integration and maintenance of trees. Our ethos is built on offering the most practical solution for the long-term maintenance and management of your trees whether they are in a woodland or an urban forest.

GreenScene staff have considerable experience of carrying out surveys to meet the requirements of British Standard 5837:2012 (Trees) in relation to design, demolition and construction recommendations. You can find out more about GreenScene’s services which comply with these standards here.

Whether you have one tree or several thousand trees we can undertake tailor-made tree inspections, surveys and reports to provide you  with meaningful assessments as to the health of your trees. You can find out more about GreenScene’s arboricultural consultancy here.

Putting our knowledge of sound arboricultural management into practice, GreenScene offer professional tree surgery and contracting services with the aim of providing a skilled, friendly and cost effective service. You can find out more here.

Whether you wish to create a legacy for future generations or simply require advice on how best to care for an existing woodland, whatever the size, find out more about GreenScene’s woodland management services here.

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TREES AND DEVELOPMENT

Planning applications with trees on or in the proximity of building sites should be supported by a tree report prepared in accordance with BS 5837:2012; GreenScene can compile these reports efficiently and cost effectively. We offer a full range of arboricultural services in accordance with the guiding principles of ‘Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition and Construction –Recommendations’ which include:

1) FEASIBILITY
Tree Survey
A tree survey usually refers collectively to the trees in a survey area of whatever size. The kind of information recorded includes Tree Name: Number; Height; Crown Spread; Age; Condition; Categorisation; Recommendations; and Root Protection Measurements.
Tree Constraints Plan (TCP)
A site plan to show the tree-related constraints to development as envisaged in BS 5837 (2012); this plan will include both above ground or below ground constraints.

2) DESIGN
Arboricultural Impact Assessments (AIA)
A study undertaken by an arboriculturist to identify, evaluate and possibly mitigate impacts on existing trees that may arise as a result of any proposed development.
Tree Protection Plan (TPP)
BS 5837 (2012) covers procedures intended to ensure the wellbeing of trees on a development site. A scale drawing is required to identify the trees that will be removed or pruned, and illustrates the protection measures required for any trees that will be retained.

3) IMPLEMENTATION
Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS)
An AMS is often required as a condition of planning consent. BS 5837 (2012) specifies how site works should be carried out near trees in order to avoid accidental damage:
The statement may include the following:

  • ABORICULTURAL CLERK OF WORKS (ACoW)
  • MANAGEMENT & SITE SUPERVISION
  • FEE TENDERING FOR ABORICULTURAL WORKS
  • INSTALLING TREE PROTECTION MEASURES
  • MONITORING TREE PROTECTION MEASURE
  • UNDERTAKING ROOT PRUNING
  • INSTALLATION OF TREE ROOT BARRIERS
  • INSTALLATION OF TREE ROOT DEFLECTORS
  • AIR SPADE INVESTIGATIONS
  • AIR SPADE TRENCHING

TREE REPORTS & CONSULTANCY

GreenScene delivers professional advice for homeowners, commercial customers and landowners in the form of tree condition reports, safety assessments, subsidence reports and tree management consultancy in order to help mitigate potential damage and/or nuisance caused by trees.

TREE CONDITION REPORTS

The purpose of a professional tree report is to make an assessment as to the health or structural integrity of a tree, or group of trees in order to provide a level of comment, sufficient to:
•    Identify an owner’s duty of care with regard to significant risks to persons and/or property
•    Enable recommendations to be formulated to maintain a tree or group of trees.

Tree inspections are generally made from ground level, although our staff are trained and equipped to undertake climbing inspections when required.

Information on tree age, longevity, identification of pests, disease and structural faults which maybe significant to longer term tree health, along with practical recommendations are usually detailed in our condition reports, depending on client requirements.

TPO ADVICE & APPLICATION

Tree inspection and advice can be prepared in a report to support a tree felling licence application or application to work on registered trees

TREE MANAGEMENT PRESCRIPTIONS

As qualified arboricultural consultants we can provide contract management for arboricultural services works including:
•    Undertaking specific tree surgery works to BS 3998:2010
•    Providing maintenance schedules for trees with defects
•    Creation of risk assessments, method statements and practical tree management prescriptions for contractors
•    Help with costing and tendering of works to suitable contractors
•    Onsite supervision

TREE PLANTING

GreenScene can assist with the identification, sourcing and selection of a single specimen tree as part of a garden makeover or provide a detailed planting scheme as a condition of planning.

We are able to create tree planting plans to suite all requirements and have a working knowledge of BS8545:2014 (Trees) from nursery to independence in the landscape. In addition, GreenScene can plant and advise on the role of trees in sustainable drainage systems.