Tree Surveys for Land Owners

Peter Scott Tree surveys and inspections will begin by evaluating the nature and extent of the tree cover. In most cases it is appropriate to carry out a preparatory scoping exercise to define the detail and type of inspection required.

As a basic requirement it is useful to understand why a tree survey is important organisations such as Local Authorities, universities, employers, landowners and individuals must ensure public safety.

It remains that a duty of care exists by the landowner or person responsible in an organisation who must take reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions that could reasonably be foreseen that would likely cause harm.

The Occupiers Liability Act 1957 &1984, and Section 3 of The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, places general duties upon employers to those other than employees to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not exposed to risks to their health and safety.

Visual tree assessment has been the conventional method used in tree surveys for a number of years. This term describes the general approach to tree surveying using visual observation combined with experience and knowledge to draw conclusions about tree condition.

Some basic tree surveys may lead to individual tree inspection, climbing inspection, or tree hazard evaluation