When it comes to planning and development of any property in the UK, the British Standard ‘BS5837:2012’ process on trees needs to be followed. These are steps that are to be practiced so as to make sure that trees are appropriately retained and successfully sustained. BS5837 tree survey measure impacts on trees and other vegetation when development of any new property, renovation or demolition of any existing site are taking place that are in close vicinity to trees. When it comes to BS5837 tree survey and filling standard forms, people are sometime clueless about the technical details, time it takes to complete and submitting it successfully in time.
Proper Process for a BS5837 tree survey
Local planning authority will first ask the property developers and owners to conduct the BS5837 tree survey and produce the document before them. BS5837 tree survey document presents collected data in schedule and informs the local planning authority that any property development or renovation will not have any impact on the green trees or any other vegetation. The survey document also informs nearby tree quality and any impacts on trees are well within acceptable criteria.
Choosing the right professionals
Choosing experienced professionals to complete your BS5837 tree survey will deliver the result accurately and fast. Generally, Ecologists forms major part of your tree survey team and are responsible for carrying out the survey. They create various documents set out in BS5837 tree survey and then submit it for approval.
Three Stages of a BS5837 tree survey
- Planning:A plan displaying tree locations available near the property site is drawn. Specific area limit could be up to 15m.
- Scheduling: Following are the key points of schedule:
. A reference number which is unique in nature is allotted to each tree in the specific area.
. Common and Scientific names of trees are noted.
. Measurement of tree height in metres and of stem diameter in centimetres is recorded.
. Expansion of branches in all four directions.
. Tree age class is categorised whether in inception, semi matured, matured, over matured or veteran.
. Health conditions of trees are documented including any structural defects.
. Any prior recommendation from authority management, including trees’ remaining useful lifeis recorded.
. Order of any preservation and conservation of tree area are recorded.
. Finally, based on above schedule points a quality assessment is done and decisions are made accordingly for retaining or removing trees.
- Five features of tree plans are:
. Accurate location and branch expansion, Quality Assessment, Tree Protection Area, Potential of future growth and Shade footprint during daytime.