For more than 30 years, BS5837 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction has set the standard for designing and building adjacent to trees. Our experienced consultants can help you navigate the planning process and produce the surveys, guidance and reports you need in order to support a successful planning application.
When trees are present on or adjacent to a site, the submission of detailed arboricultural information, starting with a tree survey conforming to BS5837 is now a pre-requisite for the registration of planning applications.
Our team of qualified consultants have vast experience of tree management within the planning system, bringing enviable results in balancing tree retention with the need to optimise the value of a site and providing innovative solutions to technical problems. We maintain long-term, close working relationships with local authority tree officers, ensuring that negotiations are completed quickly and with a minimum of fuss. Once your planning application is ready for submission, Cheshire Woodlands can provide a supporting Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) and deal with tree and landscape related condition compliance with on-site guidance and site supervision.
A planning decision notice is likely to include a condition to protect the trees during the development process, as set out in the Arboricultural Method Statement on your Tree Protection Plan. This may include supervising and inspecting some elements of the development to ensure that tree protection is being implemented.
We provide a site supervision service where we initially meet you and your contractor on site to outline tree protection measures and if necessary, assist with the setting out of tree protection. Moving forward, we can attend site at predetermined intervals and check and advise on the protection of trees to ensure the best chance of them being enjoyed for years to come. We can act as Arboricultural Clerk of Works to satisfy planning conditions and help protect your tree asset.
Our operatives cover a wide area, throughout the North-West, from Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and Derbyshire in the south and east, to Lancashire and Cumbria in the north, and Merseyside, The Wirral and North Wales in the west. Our partners across the UK enable us to provide national coverage.
Cheshire Woodlands use of Quantified Tree Risk Assessment has proved invaluable. It has helped us to retain trees that were condemned by another advisor. They have used measurable data to provide us with a valid tree risk assessment.
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.
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
What timescale should I expect from giving instruction to project completion?
We aim for a lead in time of between two and three weeks and to issue our initial outputs within two weeks of our site survey, but if you have a tighter timeline, let us know and we will always do our best to accommodate you.
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.
Who should I use to carry out any necessary tree work such as felling?
We can provide a list of arboricultural contractors (tree surgeons) who we have found to display high levels of professionalism and technical competence and who should be able to provide competitive rates for arboricultural works.
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.