BS5837:2012 Tree Inspection: Woodland Trust

The client: The Woodland Trust

The site: A roughly triangular 3.4 hectare field of cattle grazed grassland known as ‘Dawe’s Field’ at Tring Park. The northern edge of the site has a gated public footpath running along it and the eastern edge has a mixed species hedgerow and fence separating it from the neighbouring portion of Tring Park.

The brief: Undertake a BS 5837:2012 Tree survey and Constraints Plan for all the trees to inform the design and layout of a new visitor car park. The aim of the survey is to provide information on the location, quality and condition of trees in order to ensure that the proposed scheme complies with the requirements of both BS 5837:2012 and the Local Planning Authority.

Our solution: Prior to undertaking a survey, we commissioned a topographic survey which we used as a base map during the survey. The survey was undertaken over several days by our Assistant Arboricultural Consultant who holds the Lantra Tree Inspection qualification and is a highly skilled tree surgeon. Quantitative and qualitative details of 170 trees were recorded as required by BS 5837:2012.

The result: The report and drawings were produced by our Senior Landscape Consultant. The report and drawings informed and structured the design of the car park indicating the need for remedial works and specimen trees to retain.

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