Tree Health Surveys

Tree Health Surveys

Trees are natural living organisms subject to environmental pressures and change. Their condition can deteriorate due to a variety of reasons, from failure of parts following storm damage, infestation of pests leading to reduced vitality, and fungal infection leading to decay and weakened stems or limbs.

Tree Condition or Tree Health Survey

Tree owners have a responsibility under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 to ensure that trees which overhang neighbouring properties or where public have access to them, are in a suitable condition and that risks of damages through failure are reduced through reasonable means.

A Tree Condition or Tree Health Survey identifies any potential risks or signs of ill health and defect within trees and allows appropriate work to be carried out to make the trees as safe as reasonably possible.

Visual Tree Assessment (VTA)

As part of a Tree Condition or Tree Health Survey, a survey of trees is undertaken known as a Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) using a ground-based assessment. The ground level survey looks at all areas of the tree from the root area, buttress and base of the tree, tree stem, crown break and main structural branches, crown form and branch work and the outer canopy and leaf growth.

Our Arboriculturists are trained to identify potential problems and risks from trees, assessing the visual features that occur following damage, disease and decay formation. The Tree Condition Survey identifies trees that require more detailed investigation and prescribes appropriate works to the trees in order to reduce the risk of any failure.

Our Tree Condition Survey provides a report with a tree survey schedule, which details the findings of the survey. This includes a summary of the findings and an easy to understand traffic light system to prioritise any works recommended.