A tree survey is a system of inspection and it ...
'... should be able to demonstrate responsible proactive management where the selection of approved suppliers is defined, the recommended actions are acted upon, the trail is auditable and the whole programme is systematic, so as to be able to demonstrate that the client dispensed his or her duty with reasonable care' David Dowson of Tree Life Training
'Informality has the obvious disadvantage that it makes it more difficult for the estate to resist claims based on an inadequate system of inspection' Judge Iain Hughes, Atkins v Scott 2008
'Safety is but one of many goals to which we aspire; the mistake that is often made is to focus on safety as if it is the only goal' Professor David Ball of the Centre for Decision Analysis and Risk Management at Middlesex University
- Tree Surveys : A Brief Guide to a System of InspectionA system of tree inspection should include the following; Aims of the Survey e.g. to inspect and record all trees in the ownership of the client within specified geographical areas or to inspect all trees in the ownership of the client within falling distance of a public highway.
- Tree Condition Survey
- Responsibilities of a Tree Owner – a Landowners GuideThe National Tree Safety Group outlines the ‘Key Steps in Tree Safety Management’.
- Responsibilities of a Tree Owner - a Householders GuideA tree belongs to and is the responsibility of whoever controls the land on which the tree is growing.
- Responsibilities of a Tree Owner - Trees and the HighwayThe highway authority must also ensure that trees on highway land do not become a nuisance to the occupiers of adjoining properties - either by virtue of overhanging branches or by roots affecting foundations.
- Responsibilities of a Tree Owner - Neighbouring LandWhen a tree growing on land owned by 'A' is indirectly interfering with the 'use or enjoyment' of land owned by 'B', for example by encroaching roots or branches, this is known in law as nuisance.
- Responsibilities of a Tree Owner - An Occupiers LiabilityThe occupier is defined as the person 'occupying or having control of the premises'. When a property is rented or leased the person 'having control' may be the owner, agent or tenant depending on the written tenancy agreement.
- Responsibilities of a Tree Owner - A General GuideThe law outlines the responsibilities of a tree owner. Any person may seek redress for harm or injury they have suffered as a result of a tree owner failing in their responsibility.
- Tree Hazard/Risk AssessmentTree hazard/risk assessment is a proactive system for managing the likelihood of trees causing harm or injury as a result of their failure. It does not address other forms of damage that may be caused by trees, for example, subsidence.
- Visual Tree Assessment (VTA)There are a number of published methodologies the professional arboriculturist can follow when inspecting trees. The bottom line is that whichever process is used, it must be a logical, systematic and diagnostic approach.
- The Benefits of TreesSome of the benefits of trees are tangible and can be readily appreciated by the 5 senses others are intangible but nevertheless very real.
- Tree Inspection - Who, What, When, Where, Why and How!Three recent court cases have underlined the need for landowners to inspect their trees. The cases provide differing guidance as to the type of inspection to be undertaken.