Arboricultural Consultant in Hitchin, St Albans and Hertfordshire

Consulting

The Blue Tree Company have recently incorporated CTrees Ltd into their business and as such we’re proud to announce the addition of Arboricultural Consultancy..

We provide:

Management Plans.

Using our survey information; a management plan is produced based on urgency/risk and client objectives.

Planning Applications.

For work in conservation areas, or where trees have Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs), we make applications to the relevant authorities on your behalf. An administration charge reflecting the time spent producing these reports will be levied. Please enquire directly.

Tree safety surveys.

We provide Visual Tree Assessment and reporting of single and multiple trees. We can also provide climbing inspections, and advanced diagnostic techniques such as Picus sonic tomography, Resistograph drilling, Increment boring, and Fractometer assessment.

The following information is only an indicative guide – please contact us to discuss your specific circumstances.

  • Tree safety surveys
  • Mortgage reports
  • Construction Planning services and supervision (BS5837:2012 Trees in relation to Construction)
  • Advice on High Hedges and Hedgerow Regulations
  • Site amelioration
  • Planting scheme design
  • Subsidence investigation
  • Advice on statute and common law in relation to trees.

Example Tree Report – Method-Statement.pdf

Example Tree Report – Sonic-tomography-survey.pdf

Example Tree Report – Boundary-dispute-report.pdf

Example Tree Report – BS5837-Survey.pdf

Example Tree Report – Mortgage-Report.pdf

Example Tree Report – Safety-Condition-survey.pd

Owners of trees, or those with responsibility for them, owe a ‘duty of care’ under the 1957 Occupiers Liability Act, as amended in 1984. Where a tree fails causing damage or injury, the courts will apply the test of the ‘reasonable and prudent homeowner [or landowner]’. Following the Selwyn Smith vs. Gompels case (2010) what’s considered ‘reasonable and prudent’ may alter according to the size of the property, the particular hazards presented (such as rights of way, roads, visiting public, etc.) and the level of knowledge of the owner or resident. An annual inspection of some sort is required but the nature of what this should be is a ‘grey area’.

It seems clear that if trees are present in great numbers, or if a tree can be considered to present a particular potential hazard (such as large size, proximity to roads or buildings, frequent passage of visitors, leaning habit, exposed roots etc.), or shows signs of ill health visible to the unaided and untrained eye (such as loss or lack of foliage, exudates, pest infestations, decay hollows, cracks etc.) then a formal inspection by a suitably qualified professional is required. In short, if the potential for damage is high, or if something doesn’t look right – get it checked!

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