What Is an Arboricultural Survey?

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An arboricultural survey is a specialised survey that helps homeowners and estate managers to promote the growth of healthy shrubs and trees on their site. You conduct this survey for several reasons, including:

– Subsidence: You can hire tree survey services, if you suspect tree roots are affecting the structural integrity of your building. Trees affect the foundation of buildings either by altering the level of soil moisture below the foundations or applying brute force.

Personal Safety: Professional tree surveys help homeowners and property managers to evaluate the potential risk their trees may pose to the public, or onsite property. Indigo Surveys’ specialists understand that it is very important to assess older trees, which are at a higher risk of getting damaged or breaking.

Mortgage Purposes: In some instances, mortgage lenders require property owners to perform in-depth arboricultural surveys, alongside the standard bank surveys, to show the expected longevity of property. Some trees may pose security and/or safety threats to the occupants, lowering the value of the home.

What does an arboricultural survey involve?

Arboricultural surveys are crucial to homeowners and property managers, and mainly involve:

  • Comprehensive arboricultural advisory services and reports
  • Other bat surveys and onsite tree surveys
  • Woodland assessments
  • Professional BS5837 tree surveys, which mainly focus on the potential growth, health and age of trees within a designated area. The tree surveys are usually requested by the local councils, especially when applying for planning or development permissions.

Performing regular arboricultural surveys helps to pre-empt potential problems and identify any potentially dangerous tree before an issue happens. Although trees come with several benefits, individual trees, by virtue of their location or condition, may pose risk to people and/or onsite property. Professional inspection and survey are necessary to mitigate the potential risks and to inform on any action to be taken.

An arboricultural survey is often necessary to help tree owners to satisfy British duty of care and statutory requirements. Here at Indigo Surveys, we have hired a skilled and dedicated team of specialists to help you locate, identify and examine each tree during the initial onsite tree survey. All our arboricultural surveys satisfy the British and international standards for tree inspection and survey.

Our arboricultural surveys employ several non-invasive tools to assess the safety and integrity of onsite trees. Our surveyors take a range of images, spending ample time to identify, locate and quantify any current, and potential future, tree defects. The initial tree survey provides future surveyors with a point of reference to examine whether tree defects are likely to progress.

Tree owners can only properly fulfill their duty of care by demonstrating that they have taken all the necessary steps to inspect onsite trees on a regular basis to satisfy that duty of care. Negligence happens when a tree owner is deemed to have failed to meet the set duty of care or statutory requirements. Working with professional arboricultural consultants helps tree owners to evaluate the potential risks and make an informed decision about the necessary action to undertake to protect people and property.

How long does an arboricultural survey take?

If you wish to enjoy swift and reliable services at affordable rates, it is crucial to hire tree inspection and survey services from a respected firm. Our specialists from Indigo Surveys deliver as quick a turnaround as possible, in order to enable tree owners to manage to manage their trees effectively. We help our clients to demonstrate that they have satisfied the duty of care and other British statutory requirements.

Our highly trained and qualified tree inspectors and surveyors have the required expertise and experience to complete the arboricultural survey within your timeline. Our specialists also take the time to assess and provide trees owner with advice on the ideal tree re-inspection frequency.

How do I book an arboricultural survey?

Here at Indigo Surveys, we have hired a highly-qualified and committed team of specialists ready to help you perform robust arboricultural surveys, covering tree inspection and a range of other issues, all done within a swift timescale and at competitive rates. Every arboricultural survey issued by our team of specialists satisfies the British duty of care and statutory requirements.

We tailor our professional tree inspections and surveys to meet the specific needs of commercial and domestic sites. We want to support a happy community of tree owners across Britain. Get in touch with our team of specialists on 0333 1237080 or email us through info@indigosurveys.co.uk. for helpful advice and detailed tree surveys.

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R Stanway

“I got a phone call on the day I enquired about your services. It was very efficient and Andrew explained exactly how things would unfold. The arrangement had to be made via my estate agents as I was in the process of purchasing a property. Indigo Surveys agreed to liaise with my estate agent which made life much easier for me. Although a tree survey is a costly exercise, Indigo were out of 4 companies I contacted, the cheapest and most efficient. All arrangements were clearly outlined to me with dates and times, no let downs, and no changing of appointments.”

Claire Williams

“Visu Verum have retained Indigo Surveys to undertake measured surveys and tree services for various projects over the last 5 years and have always found the price, quality and customer service to be excellent. Andrew Turnbull is exceptionally helpful, easy to contact and always responds to queries in a timely manner.”

Jane Shaw

Senior Design Manager
“I have worked with Indigo on many school projects. Many ran at the same time and had very short pre-construction programmes. Indigo were proactive and able to meet the challenging programmes, which enabled us to meet all submission dates for approval. We were kept aware of all ecology/arboricultural issues from the outset.”

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