A tree survey is a study of trees on public or private land to find out useful information about the trees and aid homeowners and property management in making decisions. Different data is collected during the survey such as the species, age, number, location, crown spread, root protection areas and general condition of the trees.
Tree Surveys are necessary and required by law to help protect and conserve certain species of tree, especially when they might be endangered or under a tree protection order.
The British Standard for trees in relation to design, demolition and construction says that ‘appropriate measures should be taken to assess existing trees on and adjacent to a site where any new development is proposed.
This can also aid in design for new developments by accounting for these trees in the design or the overall project and it’s likelihood for planning approval.
Our tree surveys meet the five stages of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects);
This means that the tree survey we provide will link effortlessly to the design team or architect and their plans or considerations.
During our tree survey, we will assess the trees in the designated area and record the required details of each of them such as species, location, age and life expectancy, physical condition, size, leaf colour, canopy condition, root condition, presence of any ivy or fungus.
From here we can score each tree with a rating of good, fair or poor and then provide an Arboricultural Impact Assessment recommending which trees need to be removed and suggest what other trees could replace them. All this information helps developers and planners make an informed decision and make plans to ensure the trees on the site can be effectively managed going forward.
When putting forward an application to the local planning authority for a development, a support arboricultural survey and report is usually vital for an validating of an application. Therefore it’s important to factor a tree survey into your plans.
If you are planning a development or require a tree survey in Essex for any reason, be sure to come to Essex Tree Brothers for quality service, fast response and detailed information. With over ten years in the industry, we have a huge wealth of knowledge about different species of trees and are very familiar with the range of species found in Essex. If you’re looking for local expertise and thorough information, come to us.
We’re based in the heart of Essex but work across the county and take a great passion in tree maintenance and management. We’re fully qualified with a thorough knowledge of trees and are happy to provide you with a detailed tree survey and advise you throughout your planning and development process.
Please get in contact now and we’ll provide you quite a quote for a tree survey and carry out the tree survey as soon as we can, reducing any delay to your planning and application process.
At Essex Tree Brothers, we regularly carry out Oak tree reports in Essex. The English Oak, which is one of the most well-known and widespread trees in Britain, can grow more than 70 feet in height. In some cases, they can reach 100 feet or more. Over time, these towering trees can face structural weakness, disease and pest infestations, that might compromise their health or pose hazards to surroundings. We can carry out an Oak tree report to assess factors such as overall health, root stability, and canopy condition, with our in-depth experience allowing us to conduct a full analysis safely and efficiently.
The Willow tree is another prevalent tree, with over 400 species growing in the UK. A common sight in the British countryside, they’re particularly widespread in areas with wet or marshy conditions, such as along riverbanks, streams, ponds, and wetlands. Willow trees normally grow around 10 metres tall and are well-known for their flexible branches, which can bend without breaking. This trait has led to them being used to make items like baskets and furniture and by birds for nesting. Carrying out a Willow tree report can be challenging due to their low-hanging branches and dense foliage. However, you can rest assured that we have the expertise needed to perform a full analysis in a safe and efficient manner.
Conifer trees are common in the UK, with species like Scots pine, Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, and various types of cedars, firs, and pines found in various landscapes, including parks, gardens and forests. Some Conifers can grow to considerable heights, sometimes in excess of 300 feet or more. As well as being incredibly tall, Conifer trees have dense foliage, often in the form of needles. If you have Conifer trees on your land, we recommend getting them inspected regularly to maintain their health, safety and appearance. At Essex Tree Brothers, we can carry out Conifer tree reports safely and professionally.
Eucalyptus trees are relatively common in the UK, although they are not native, having been introduced from Australia. They are often found in parks, estates and ornamental gardens, grown for their unique appearance and aromatic properties. Eucalyptus trees require regular pruning to maintain their shape and structural integrity. Without it, they can become unkempt, grow too tall, and start to shed bark and branches. If you have a Eucalyptus tree on your land, you’ll need to keep a close eye on its condition. You can do this by having a Eucalyptus tree report carried out regularly to identify any issues.
Cherry trees are relatively common in the UK. As well as being grown for their fruit, they also bring fantastic ornamental value to gardens, with their beautiful blossoms creating stunning pink and white displays. Like all trees, Cherry trees can become unmanageable without the right level of care and attention. As they mature and develop heavy branches, branch breakage becomes more likely. Cherry tree reports can identify weak or dead branches that need to be pruned to prevent them from falling. They can also help monitor the health of the tree, ensuring that it’s able to produce healthy fruits and blossoms. Any signs of disease or stress can be detected and addressed early on.
The Silver Birch is native to Europe and parts of Asia. One of the most widely recognised trees in Britain, they are found in a wide range of environments, including woodlands and forests, parks and gardens, and open fields and meadows. Silver Birch trees are known for their distinctive appearance, with their white or silver bark, slender trunks and branches, and delicate leaves. If you need a Silver Birch report carried out, let us know. Our experienced tree surgeons are on hand to inspect your tree to ensure it remains healthy and safe.
The Ash tree is said to be the third most common tree in the UK, despite the outbreak of ash dieback disease causing their population to decline considerably in recent years. Ash trees have long lifespans, with many reaching 400 years or more if they are properly maintained. They can reach considerable heights too, often up to 100 feet. Regular inspections aren’t just essential for detecting early signs of ash dieback, but for ensuring branch stability and addressing safety concerns. Essex Tree Brothers are on hand to carry out Ash tree reports safely and efficiently.
Although not native to the UK, Plum trees are still fairly common, frequently found in gardens and orchards. These deciduous trees are grown for their delicious fruit as well as for their ornamental value. Plum trees benefit from regular inspections to ensure their health, safety, and overall well-being. These trees are particularly susceptible to various pests and diseases, such as fruit moths and fungal infections. Plum tree reports can help to identify early signs of infestations or diseases, enabling prompt treatment to prevent further spread. They can also assess the health of the tree’s branches, leaves, and blossoms, which are vital for fruit production.
Cedar trees, which are native to Lebanon, eastern parts of the Mediterranean and areas of Asia, are commonly found in gardens, parks and estates in the UK. They are well-known for their aromatic wood, which has been used for construction, furniture and other purposes throughout history. Although most Cedar trees have a single main trunk, some develop multiple trunks that branch off from a common base. This gives them a rather unusual appearance. If you require Cedar tree reports carried out in Essex, let us know. Our experienced tree surgeons can carry out regular inspections of your Cedar trees to ensure they remain healthy, safe and attractive.
Pine trees are commonly found in the UK, particularly in managed forests, plantations, and reforestation areas. They are known for their distinctive needle-like leaves and pine cones as well as their towering heights. The Scots Pine, which is native to the UK, can grow to a height of around 80 to 100 feet or even higher if conditions are favourable. Despite their looming heights, our tree surgeons can inspect these trees with accuracy and efficiency. Book Pine tree reports in Essex today to ensure the health and safety of your trees.