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Tree Survey Planning

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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To receive, without obligation, an estimate of our likely fees for a project just email us at absoluteecology@hotmail.co.uk and we at Absolute Ecology will get back to you as soon as we can. 

And remember Absolute Ecology works UK wide.

Natural England Low Impact Bat Class Licence: Absolute Ecology LLP

Natural England has launched a new class licence for low impact bat works. This new licencing process has been developed to streamline the bat licence process and to reduce delays and costs.

The new Low Impact Bat Licence will allow works on developments which will have a low impact on a small number of bats, while ensuring the works are undertaken within the law.

The range of innovative measures, designed to reduce both the volume of licence applications and the associated costs, marks a significant step by Natural England towards its goal of cutting red tape and creating a more efficient organisation.
Savings have been made chiefly via the introduction of an ‘annexed licence’* system for works affecting bats, great crested newts and dormice – which has reduced the number of applications and subsequent rejections and reapplications; and a new ‘class licence’ – which has reduced applications for individual mitigation licences for low impact works affecting bats.
This means Absolute Ecology is one of the few consultancies can issue Low Impact Bat Licences without further consultation with Natural England. As a result, projects will be able to proceed without the delay of the standard bat licence.

Special Points of Interest

  • Carry out any surveys required as early in the planning process as possible to save time and delays and money.
  • November to April Season is badger surveys
  • March to June is Great Crested Newt survey season and scoping assessments can be all year round.
  • Bat activity Survey season May to September/October.
  • Bat hibernation and general scoping assessments is November to March/April

Don’t forget Phase 1 Habitat Surveys can be all year round.


For more information, contact us today on 01782 444292 or 07947 783448