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BS 5837 – Tree Services For Development Sites

ADAS provides a comprehensive BS5837 (trees in relation to design, demolition and construction) advice service for developers, planners, architects, engineers, designers, landscape architects, and land agents.

We are an experienced Arboriculture team, with excellent geographical coverage across the UK and a vast amount of experience assisting our clients with all aspects of the design and construction process.  This advice can be as simple as undertaking a tree survey of a potential development site. From there, we can provide pre-planning constraints and design advice within a tree report, or produce arboricultural impact assessments and tree protection plans.  

Once planning permission is granted, our team can prepare detailed arboricultural method statements. Local Planning Authorities may request this as a planning condition.  This post-planning advice can also include site monitoring and watching brief work. This may be the case for particularly sensitive areas of a development, and will include any agreed work within a tree’s root protection area (RPA).

Our local authority planning experience combined with our extensive practical backgrounds enables us to provide pragmatic advice tailored to our clients’ needs.

There is often a requirement to work closely with our colleagues in Ecology, EIA and Planning, Landscape and Archaeology. We are also supported by cartographers, CAD technicians, and our Environmental Modelling and GIS team.

Our service can include:

  • Pre land purchase tree appraisals
  • BS5837 tree surveys
  • Tree constraints plans and reports
  • General design advice
  • Specific advice on specialist engineering/ construction solutions, required if proposing development within a tree’s root protection area
  • Arboricultural Impact Assessments (AIA)
  • Final planning statements and reports
  • Arboricultural Method Statements (AMS), heads of terms
  • Tree retention/removal plans
  • Tree protection plans
  • New tree planting advice
  • Input into strategic landscape design
  • Site monitoring
  • Watching brief, particularly when digging/excavating within or close to a tree’s root protection area
  • On-going tree management plans
  • Liaising with designers, architects, planners, and local planning authorities
  • Guidance on foundations with respect to NHBC Chapter 4.2 ‘Building near trees’
  • Guidance on implementation of NJUG Volume 4 issue 2 – guidelines for the planning, installation and maintenance of utility apparatus in proximity of trees

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