Whether the project is a small extension or a major infrastructure project, we work with developers, architects, planning consultants and clients to maximise site potential, while satisfying local authority tree management expectations, working within the framework of BS5837:2012.
The risk of harm from trees is extremely low, but no tree can be guaranteed safe. Tree Owners must be able to demonstrate that appropriate tree safety inspections have been undertaken.
We can recommend essential measures for your situation, where necessary preparing a Tree Safety Policy, undertaking regular tree hazard assessments and specifying, and recording, essential tree work.
Simon Stephens acts as an Expert Witness, preparing reports and giving evidence in legal cases involving tree and landscape issues.
Whether this involves litigation relating to trees, personal injury, Planning Inquiries or resolving contractual disputes, Simon has the experience, intellect and presentation skills to be effective.
Tree reports are prepared, where required by insurance or mortgage companies, to assess tree related risks from failure or subsidence.
Reports are also prepared to support tree work applications to local authorities for works to trees protected by Tree Preservation Orders or Conservation Area status and to help settle inter-neighbour disputes.
Tree planting proposals are often included as part of an Arboricultural Impact Assessment, to mitigate for tree removal.
We also prepare soft landscape plans for planning applications and to satisfy planning conditions. Catherine Fforde has extensive garden design experience.
The valuation of amenity trees is often critical in resolution of damages and insurance claims. There are a number of industry standard valuation models, which tend to result in widely varying results. A full understanding of the systems, a thorough, academic and common sense approach, are essential for a valuation that will be accepted by insurers or the courts.
Savernake Barn, Stokke Common
Great Bedwyn, Marlborough
Wiltshire, SN8 3LL
01672 871 862
London NW5 1BH
07831 341 887