Every tree survey will have to meet certain standards and that is to ensure that the owners have the ability to make informed decisions about the trees on their land. This will allow them to determine what trees need to be removed and the condition of the trees that will remain. Furthermore, a tree survey will ensure that estate owners and managers meet their legal obligations, ensuring that all risks associated with trees are mitigated.
What is included in a tree survey?
If you are planning on altering land or property that contains or is located close to trees, then a tree survey has to be carried out. The survey will examine all potential problems that could arise during demolition, construction, design and renovation. When it comes to tree surveys Essex, it’s vital that you use experts as this will ensure that the survey is completed professionally and in accordance with all regulations.
So, when a tree survey is carried out, it will look at the following:
- Overall Tree Health – This will consider the health of all trees and determine whether they are suffering from any diseases or illnesses that could result in them becoming a risk to people and property. Furthermore, they will check branches to determine whether any have split or cracked as this could cause them to completely snap which is highly likely during windy conditions.
- Age of Trees Located On-site – Tree surveyors will determine the age of the trees as this will enable them to determine where they are in relation to their life expectancy as some trees will only live to a certain age before they become weaker and become a risk.
- Tree Management Recommendations – A tree surveyor will be able to provide all recommendations in relation to the management of all trees located on the land. This will cover all things such as whether a tree should be removed or whether it needs to be pruned and trimmed so that it is easier to manage and safer.
- Tree Measurements – All trees will be measured in diameter and height. This will enable them to determine whether the tree is larger than required. This will make it possible to determine whether it needs trimming while also providing information that provides easier management of the tree in the future.
- Identify Species – Tree surveyors will identify all species that are present based on their scientific names. It will also determine whether there is an imbalance with species as too many of one species could result in a landowner losing all of their trees should a disease take hold.
- Abnormal Growth – Checks will be carried out to determine whether there are any abnormal features present, and this can include swellings, fungus and bark damage.
Following the completion of a tree survey, the landowner will be provided with a report. The report will detail all the findings and also provide any recommendations required to remedy any issues.