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Grays Tree Reports from Qualified Tree Surgery Professionals

Do you have a need for a tree report in Grays? Whether you are a local authority, housing association, planner, developer, architect, estate manager, solicitor, landlord or Grays homeowner, you can rely on T.H. Tree Services as a Trading Standards approved organisation established 15 years to provide the professional and standards-backed service you need.

There are many reasons you may need Grays tree reports, and there are various types of report. Here our qualified tree surgeons will attempt to answer all the questions you may have. You can of course get in touch at any time to request a tailored quotation.

What is a tree report?

A tree report, also known as a tree survey, involves assessing and analysing a tree with a view to reporting on any issues in connection with caring for the tree, maintaining it and managing trees in any particular space.

When a tree surgeon conducts a tree report, they will be looking for signs of weakness, decay or disease. Sometimes symptoms will be visually obvious, such as discolouration or thinning of foliage, leaf shedding out of season, markings on leaves or bark, insect eggs, moulds, fungal growth, cankers, wilting and stem dieback. Other symptoms may not be so obvious.

Sometimes there may be things going on beneath the surface of a tree that could become issues later on, so a tree surgeon will use a PiCUS Sonic Tomograph to further investigate. This is a device that uses sound waves to detect signs of decay deep inside the trunk of the tree.

The device looks for internal defects including decay or cavities and the tomogram reveals the thickness of the residual wall of the tree. Acoustic tomograms are used to detect the risk of breakage close to branch wounds and above ground cavities. The process of collecting this information is non-invasive for the tree and causes no harm to it.

Once the condition of the tree is known, the tree surgeon will prepare a recommendation of work, if any is deemed necessary. This may include pruning, disease or pest control or even tree removal.

Why do I need a tree report?

If you have trees on your land, you have a duty of care to ensure they are safe, which means they should be regularly checked. If you fail to do so, or have them checked but fail to carry out recommended works, and a tree falls or sheds heavy branches leading to personal injury or property damage, you could find yourself liable for compensation and damages. You may also find any insurance policy covering damage caused by trees is void as a result of failure to regularly check your trees or ensure recommended works are carried out.

A tree report will give you the peace of mind – and documented evidence – that your tree is safe and healthy. But there are other reasons a tree report could be required which are set out below.

What are the different types of tree report?

Tree Condition Safety Survey & Inspection

This is a general tree safety survey which covers all the trees located in one area, noting the number of trees, their species, height and canopy spread and proximity to property or anything else of importance such as public highways. If the area is particularly expansive, for example a park, public-attended ground or gardens or commercial premises, then the survey will usually be zoned according to risk. So, for example, if part of the area is close to overhead power lines or adjacent to a public byway, that will be considered high risk.

Once the general survey has been conducted, if any trees are deemed defective, a more detailed inspection will be carried out using the methods we outlined above.

Tree condition safety surveys are sometimes a requirement of property and / or liability insurance providers. 

Arboricultural Mortgage Report

Mortgage lenders will often request a tree report to satisfy themselves that there is no risk of subsidence of the property due to damage caused by roots of nearby trees. Any such risk could lead to the property’s value decreasing which would put the lender in a precarious position.

The report involves a tree surgeon assessing the tree to detect any issues. Sometimes it may be recommended that a tree is removed if it is believed it will cause problems for the property in the future. 

Planning Application and Development Surveys

Tree reports required as part of a planning application have a number of facets. The first is a British Standards BS5837 survey which relates to official construction recommendations and seeks to achieve the best possible balance between valuable existing trees and new property development. This is the main documentation that local planning authorities use to assess planning applications.

The next part of a planning application tree report is an arboricultural method statement followed by a tree protection or constraints plan. These will set out how trees will be protected throughout the development.

This type of report must be highly accurate and robust enough to stand up to cross-examination during any appeal or public inquiry that follows.

Why choose T.H. Services for your Grays Tree Reports?

Tree reports will only be deemed acceptable if they are conducted by what is considered a ‘competent and trained person’. This means someone with the specialist knowledge, ability, skills, training and experience to undertake the task required. In the context of tree reports, this means a fully N.P.T.C. and LANTRA qualified tree surgeon with a bare minimum of five years’ experience in assessing trees for the particular issues raised.

A suitable inspector for the purpose of providing Grays tree reports must have suitable indemnity and liability insurance.

T.H. Tree Services complies with all of the above. We regularly conduct tree reports and surveys throughout Grays and the whole of Essex and have been doing so for more than a decade. We have TEN different N.P.T.C. qualifications and TWO LANTRA qualifications. We are British Standards compliant, Trading Standards, local authority and Safe4Site Gold approved and have a clean health and safety record.

For Professional Grays Tree Reports, Look to T.H. Tree Services

At T.H. Tree Services we have been specialising in all aspects of tree care and tree surgery Grays wide for more than 15 years. Our Grays tree reports are trusted for their accuracy and in-depth insight.

For a no-obligation written quotation, call T.H Tree Services on 01268 642 814.

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