2011 Revision to BS5837

Latest revision to BS5837 ‘Trees in Relation to Construction Recommendation – Consultation’

The current copy of the guidance was published in 2005 which has been ‘fully revised by a specialist panel’. Public consultation closed in June 2011 and the new revisions are eagerly anticipated which will update on the currently tested 2005 version.

Particular mention of changes include recognition for:
• All situations where trees might be impacted by construction related changes;
• Young trees and their importance to canopy cover and climate adaptation;
• Associated guidance, i.e. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) work programme;
• The importance of new landscaping in the design process rather than as a planning condition; and
• Recent changes in construction methods and updates to the Building Regulations.

BSI detail the history of BS5837 such that “the first edition of the standard was published in January 1980 as a ‘code of practice’. In December 1991 the standard was published as a ‘guide’. In September 2005 it was published with an upgraded status of ‘recommendations’. In May 2011 the draft will be published for industry comment.”

Click the link for current Tree Survey Information or BS5837:2005 Trees in Relation to Construction Recommendations – Consultation for BSI details on the revisions.

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