I am concerned about the safety of my trees. Do you have any recommended reading?

In 2011, the National Tree Safety Group published a suite of guidance for tree owners and managers. The guidance, which seeks to encourage tree owners to take a balanced and proportionate approach to tree safety management, is set out in three documents with the overarching guidance in Common sense risk management of trees: Guidance on trees and public safety in the UK for, owners, managers and advisers[1].

There are also two summary documents, one for estates and smallholdings  , and another for householders 
The Forestry Commission practice guide Hazards from Trees – A General Guide is freely available to download.

You can also download the Quantified Tree Risk Assessment Practice Note from our sister company’s website. The Practice Note sets out the approach that we take to tree safety assessments. Go to QTRA website

When I request a quote, which drawings or plans do I need to send?

This varies depending on the project. As a rule of thumb, it is useful to send a drawing or image clearly showing the site boundary and the extent of the survey area. It can be useful to send photographs if you have concerns about particular trees. Where you are planning a new development that has potential to affect existing trees, a plan of your proposal or initial concept will help us to tailor a quote to your needs. In the fee proposal, we will outline which drawings or plans we require from you before we commence the project.

What is the difference between an arboricultural surveyor and a tree surgeon?

An arboricultural surveyor conducts surveys, provides expert advice, produces relevant plans and reports for specific purposes such as submission with planning permission, or a risk assessment. Our consultants have the skills and expertise provide advice and support in a wide range of tree related situations, from planning a housing development or a small extension adjacent to trees, to reading the history of a tree using tree ring analysis.
A tree surgeon will carry out any physical tree work which may need to be carried out.

How much does a tree survey cost?

We are often asked ‘How much does it cost for a tree survey?’. Each project is quoted on a case by case basis and a fixed price is agreed upon before we start. (This excludes tree surveys for mortgage and insurance purposes, which have a fixed price of £420+ VAT subject to distance from our base and other terms).
This ensures we can fully gauge the scope of your project, the time it will take to complete and provide all the information you need. A one size fits all approach is rarely appropriate, as important considerations can be overlooked and prove more costly in the long run. We think you will find our prices fair, and reflective of the quality of our work.

How do I get a quote?

You can contact us by phone or email to discuss your request or fill out the form on our website. Once we receive all of the information we need in relation to your project, we email you a Fee Proposal which outlines the required work and all our terms and conditions. If you are satisfied, return the attached pro-forma by email and we will be in touch to arrange to carry out the agreed work.

Which areas do you cover?

Most of our work is conducted across the northwest of England including Cheshire, Merseyside, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and North Wales, however we have worked on many larger projects further afield and overseas, so contact us if you think there is something we can help you with. We have Associates across the UK and can usually provide a competitive quotation in most areas.

What kind of work do you take on?

See our Case studies for examples of our previous work. We can scale to meet the requirements of commercial projects for developers, local government, large landowners and estates as well the needs of homeowners and smaller scale projects.