BS5837:2012 Tree Survey

So what is that all about?

Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition and Construction.

You may have been asked to provide a BS5837 report or a BS5837:2012 report for your planning application, perhaps you have pre-empted this or your architect mentioned it in passing?

BS5837 what does it mean? What does it mean for your plans?

This is something we can help with, any development large or small which is located close to any tree should, quite rightly, be subject to a British Standard 5837 assessment, the standard was written and approved in 2012. That is where the name came from. But what does it mean for you?

In brief, you require an experienced arboricultural consultant to provide a report for the planning committee which looks at any and all trees that may be impacted by your planned changes. These may be your trees, or trees which are nearby.

The report will cover any tree within the influencing area, this can be quite some distance as tree roots spread as far or further than the canopy.

Following your instructing us via email or telephone and agreeing on a quotation, we will visit your site and using some special gadgets we will plot and map each tree that is to be included in the report.

We will take this information back to our office and put together an AIA AMS report in .pdf format.

This report is broken down into the Summary, the AIA or Arboricultural Impact Assessment, and the AMS or Arboricultural Method Statement.

AIA or Arboricultural Impact Assessment

The AIA denotes which trees will be retained, and any pruning or potential impact of the development on retained trees. Identifies any tree that needs to be removed, and why, plus it will identify any trees which may be at risk of being damaged beyond saving. This is provided in a summary and detailed format.

AMS or Arboricultural Method Statement

The AMS will cover the development in phases and how the trees should be protected and assessed during the development. This may include barriers, site supervision, or/and suggest specific intervention strategies or surface treatments.


At the end of the written survey you will be provided with;

A Tree Survey Schedule which compiles the information from the visit into an easy to read and refer to table.

A Tree Survey and Protection Plan (tree protection order) which accurately plots the location of every tree included in the report, shows the RPA (root protection area), the indicative crown spread at full growth, and any protection which needs to be put in place during the development or special surfacing options.

Advice on protective barriers and signage.

What happens next?

This report can then be submitted to the planning committee to help support your application.

What if we don’t know or are unsure about our plans?

We can offer a pre-application assessment if you are unsure if planning is likely to be approved, and in complex cases we work with your architect to develop a plan which gives you the best chance of achieving success with the planning department.

For more information about Tree Surveys including BS5837:2012 and other survey types see our Tree Surveys.

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