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Independent Tree Consultancy

Welcome to Technical Arboriculture, a leading independent arboricultural consultancy in Hampshire also covering Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire, Dorset and Kent.

Our team of highly skilled and experienced professionals are dedicated to providing expert surveys and reports for our clients projects. We offer a wide range of services tailored to meet your specific needs.

Whether you require a BS5837 tree survey, planning advice, or expert guidance on tree preservation, our team is here to help.

The company is led by Kevin Cloud an Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant with over 25 years experience in tree consultancy.

Trust us to provide you with the highest quality arboricultural services.

“Kevin Cloud from Technical Arboriculture supplied an excellent tree constraints report and tree advice with clear decisions and a path forward for our development plans, no wool or fluff – spot on!”

Tree Surveys for Planning

BS5837:2012 is a British Standard for tree surveys on development sites. By assessing the number, species, size, condition, and potential impact to trees, we can inform design decisions on the location of buildings, roads, and other structures. We can also provide an Arboricultural Method Statement to include a tree protection plan to prevent damage during construction.

Tree Health Surveys

As a LANTRA certified Professional Tree Inspector (PTI) we offer surveys for Health, Hazard and Risk assessment. Providing a comprehensive report of detailed recommendations to prevent accidental damage, ensure public safety and reduce the risk of harm. Our reports are used to show duty of care and ongoing due diligence to tree maintenance on both domestic and commercial premises.

TPO Tree Preservation Orders

If you have trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), it’s important to understand how to manage them correctly. TPOs are legal orders that protect trees and require permission for any work to be carried out. Our team of experts can guide you through the process of managing trees under a TPO. We can help you prepare applications for work, objections and assist with appeals against local authority decisions.


Tree surveys meeting the requirements of the BS5837 standard, are a prerequisite of the planning process for development projects. Survey results can inform decisions on the location of buildings, roads, and other structures to avoid damaging trees and to preserve valuable green space. Additionally, tree surveys can identify any protected or significant trees that may require special permission or mitigation measures before development can proceed. We work alongside developers, home builders, architects and planning consultants to ensure a successful outcome.

Services we can provide:

  • Pre Purchase Advice
  • Tree Survey and Tree Constraints Plans in CAD and PDF
  • AIA AMS Arboricultural Impact Assessment and Arboricultural Method Statement
  • Tree Protection Plans
  • Tree Shading Plans
  • Proof of Evidence / Appeal Statements
  • Arboricultural Site Supervision


Tree risk management is an important consideration for commercial, private and public landowners. Particularly those who manage large or multi site businesses with significant tree populations, such as Local Authorities, Care homes, Schools and Academies, Parish Councils and Sports Clubs to name a few.

Tree surveys provide valuable information about the health and condition of trees, which can inform decisions about their management and maintenance, as well as identify potential hazards, such as dead or diseased trees, which could pose a risk to public safety or property. Additionally, tree surveys can help commercial landowners comply with legal requirements, such as Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and planning regulations, which protect trees and their habitats.

By conducting regular tree surveys commercial landowners can ensure the health and longevity of their trees while promoting responsible land management practices.

Other services we offer

Expert Witness

Kevin Cloud holds the Cardiff Law School Expert Witness certificate following barrister led training provided by Bond Solon. As a result Technical Arboriculture is able to provide expert witness testimony on a range of arboricultural matters. This includes the writing of Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) Part 35 expert witness reports as well as providing expert testimony in court.

Planning Appeals

We are able to provide our client with detailed proof of evidence based on our experience of the planning system, trees and development, relevant industry guidance and our years of local planning authority experience.

Woodland Management and Veteran Trees

Woodland management provides expert advice and services to maintain the health, safety, and ecological value of woodlands. We can survey to assess the condition of trees and to identify any risks or hazards.

We can also provide recommendations for tree planting, woodland restoration, and invasive species control. Advise on ongoing woodland management practices, such as coppicing, pollarding, and thinning, to promote healthy growth and diversity in the woodland ecosystem.

By working with us, landowners and managers can ensure that their woodlands are managed in a sustainable and responsible manner that balances the needs of people with the preservation of valuable natural resources like trees and wildlife habitats.

Many thanks for your advice today regarding the Lombardy Poplar. You were very helpful in answering my many questions as to how I should proceed and what action may be necessary.

Tree Preservation Order Advice – John, Southampton

We are really pleased to tell you that our application to renovate/extend our current house and build a new small house for us at the side was approved unanimously by the Planning Committee today.

AIA AMS Tree Survey – Colin & Phryn, Winchester