Arboricultural Survey

The ecological, landscape and social value of trees and woodland is widely recognised by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).  These features often require robust assessment as part of the planning process, to ensure any development is compliant with National Policy.

E3 Ecology has a specialist Arboricultural team able to address these issues and provide practical, cost effective solutions to any constraint relating to trees and woodland.

We have had considerable experience and success conducting a variety of tree based assessments for local authorities, housing associations, commercial developers, private developers and local conservation charities.

Tree Inspections for Planning and Development Applications

  • Production of tree constraints assessment reports for planning to current British Standards (BS 5837:2012. Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations)
  • Production of tree protection plans and the creation of mitigation strategies and arboricultural method statements according to BS 5837:2012 with working methods to BS 3998:2010 (Tree work recommendations) and the European pruning guide (European Arb Council).

Tree Health and Safety/Condition Surveys.

  • Pest and disease diagnosis
  • Condition of trees and future potential of trees within the human landscape (e.g. close proximity to buildings, effects of underground services and foundations, proximity to footpaths/roads/public spaces).
  • Assessment of the Safe Use Life Expectancy (SULE) of trees in the context of longevity, potential future contribution to a site and condition of the tree following implementation of mitigation strategies and post development.
  • Species selection and protection measures for urban planting schemes

Ecology and Landscape

  • Ground based assessment of trees and their potential to support wildlife; in particular European protected bat and bird species.
  • Pre-works detailed aerial (Phase II) inspection of trees with a moderate to high risk of supporting protected wildlife species to Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) guidelines. Our team are licensed to conduct these surveys throughout the year.
  • Creation of mitigation strategies/method statements where bats are found roosting in trees which are to be felled, and where there is a requirement for a Natural England development license to carry out the work.
  • Creation of woodland management plans for natural and urban forests
  • Production of strategies to enhance woodlands for the benefit of biodiversity and human enjoyment.

The arb team at E3 hold the following specialist qualifications:

  • Lantra: Professional tree inspection
  • City & Guilds/ NPTC units: climb trees and perform aerial rescue (CS38), use of a chainsaw from a rope and harness (CS39)
  • IRATA approved Basic Canopy Access Proficiency (BCAP)
  • Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage licenses to handle and disturb bats
  • HSE (Level 4): Health and Safety in the workplace (CIEH)
  • Wilderness first aid.