BS 5837:2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations
Trees are important elements of green infrastructure, contributing to urban cooling through evapotranspiration and providing micro-climatic effects that can reduce energy demands in buildings.
They therefore represent a key resource that can significantly contribute to climate change adaptation.
Trees can offer many benefits, including:
- Providing visual amenity, softening or complementing the effect of the built environment, and adding maturity to new developments
- Displaying seasonal change and providing opportunities for wildlife in built-up areas
- Making places more comfortable in tangible ways by contributing screening and shade, reducing wind speed and turbulence, intercepting snow and rainfall, and reducing glare.
Where tree retention or planting is proposed in conjunction with nearby construction, the objective should be to achieve a harmonious relationship between trees and structures that can be sustained in the long term. The good practice recommended in this British Standard is intended to assist in achieving this objective. BS 5837:2012 is applicable whether or not planning permission is required.
BS 5837:2012 follows a logical sequence of events that has tree care at the heart of the process. The full sequence of events might not be applicable in all instances; for example, a planning application for a conservatory might not require the level of detail that needs to accompany a planning application for the development of a site with one or more dwellings
So How Can We Help You.
Tree surveys are the first step in the arboricultural process. All our tree surveys are completed in accordance with British Standard 5837 (2012) ‘Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition & Construction – Recommendations’.
Absolute Ecology will provide one of our experienced Arboricultural Surveyors who will attend site and gather a range of data regarding the trees within or close to the development site including: species, condition, height, crown spread and stem diameter.
Completing a tree survey early in the process can prevent inappropriate tree retention and allow the development to be designed to retain the most valuable specimens and prevent conflict of trees with the new development.
In addition to tree surveys, Absolute Ecology will also undertakes a desktop survey to check if any of the trees surveyed are subject to Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) or if the site is situated in a Conservation Area. This identifies any likely constraints for the development with regards to trees at the earliest opportunity.
We can carry these surveys UK Wide.
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