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Whether you are constructing a side extension, single house or a large housing development, if building works will be occurring close to trees the local planning authority may require a tree survey and report. Wild Frontier Ecology provides specialist advice and full arboricultural survey, assessment and reporting services to the British Standard BS5837:2012 for all development planning purposes.

Phase 1: Initial Site Appraisal

If trees are likely to be impacted by a project it is essential that a tree survey is undertaken as soon as possible to ascertain the feasible developable area. We can produce an accurate site plan showing the location of tree stems, canopies, roots and shade patterns (i.e. a Tree Constraints Plan) which can be passed to an architect to design a scheme that minimises arboricultural impacts from the start. Any protected trees (in a conservation area or with a Tree Preservation Order) are clearly highlighted in our reports. Our arboricultural plans are often accompanied by Phase 1 habitat surveys highlighting any protected species considerations or areas of wildlife value, giving a valuable early steer to designers.

arboricultural assessments

An example Tree Constraints Plan for a proposed garden development. The plan shows the location of the trees with colours indicating their quality in accordance with BS5837 and each tree’s canopy spread, root protection area and shading pattern is mapped to aid design.

Phase 2: Design

Design can often be an iterative process requiring regular arboricultural input. We can liaise with architects, engineers, landscape architects and other specialists at all stages of design to ensure trees are fully considered and incorporated. This can include site meetings or regular advice by phone and email. If there are also ecological considerations on the site, we can provide ‘joined-up’ timely advice considering trees and ecology together.

Once a final site plan is provided we will produce an Arboricultural Impact Assessment, Tree Protection Plan and Method Statement suitable for planning.

Significant trees on a proposed development site. These trees have high public visibility and amenity value, making them a material consideration for the local authority when considering a planning application.

Phase 3: Planning

Whilst a planning application is being considered by the local authority we can liaise with planning officers and arboricultural officers if needed. Compliance with the tree protection measures stipulated in arboricultural report is often made a condition of planning permission. 

Phase 4: Construction

We can advise on how to ensure compliance with the condition, often by doing site checks of tree protection measures and monitoring specific construction activities occurring near trees. If an Ecological Clerk of Works is required for separate protected species concerns then joint tree and ecology site visits can be made.

Phase 5: Post-construction

We can re-survey trees once a project is complete to ensure that construction activities have not impacted the health of safety of the trees.

Project Examples

Ground Source Heat Pump

Wild Frontier Ecology (WFE) provided a Tree Protection Plan (TPP) and Method Statement for the installation of a ground source heat pump. WFE conducted a tree survey adjacent to an…

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