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Tree Survey & Inspection Reports for homeowners

A tree survey (also referred to as a tree risk survey, tree inspection report or  a tree health report) is carried out with the aim of identifying any problems with:

  • tree health - does the tree have signs of decay or disease?
  • tree growth - eg is it growing near to your property and causing a risk?
  • does it pose a threat to public safety

A tree inspection will check the current condition of the tree and identify any potential tree issues that might arise in the near future.  

Our Tree Surveyor will provide a free no obligation quotation of the cost of compiling a tree survey. 

We offer a comprehensive range of tree services, including  the tree reports and BS5837 surveys mentioned below.

Contact us for more information from experienced, fully qualified arborists and tree surveyors in County Durham.

We provide the following tree reports 

  • Development Site Surveys
  • Planning Applications
  • Subsidence Mortgage Reports
  • Tree Audits and Hazard Surveys
  • Tree Decay Detection
  • Veteran Tree Care
  • Arboricultural Statements and Plans to assist tree work applications
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BS5837 Tree Survey

If you are considering building work on or near your property the local authority may require an assessment of any trees that may be affected by the proposed development.  Our qualified Arboricultural Consultants carry out assessments to British Standard BS5837:2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations

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Tree Survey for Mortgage Lender 

Your mortgage provider may require a Mortgage Tree Survey to assess the condition, health and safety of trees as part of the mortgage application process.

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Tree Survey for Insurance Provider

You may be asked by your insurance company to provide an arboricultural report, an arboricultural survey or tree survey for insurance purposes). Our Arboricultural Consultants have expert knowledge about the management of trees in relation to buildings and structures and can provide these specialist reports. 

  • BS 5837 Pre Development Surveys
  • BS 5837 Arboricultural Implications Assessments
  • BS 5837 Tree Constraints Plans
  • BS 5837 Tree Protection Plans
  • BS 5837 Arboricultural Method Statements
  • Arboricultural supervision for construction sites
  • NHBC Tree Identity surveys

Protected trees in Conservation Areas

Do you have trees which are protected by law, either subject to a TPO (Tree Preservation Order) or within the boundary of a Conservation Area?  You will need permission from your local authority if you are having any work done to a tree; without gaining permission can result in considerable penalties.

Anyone can apply for planning permission to have work carried out to their trees for free, directly with their local authority - however, many tree owners find the process daunting and sometimes protracted due to some of the technical issues some tree work can bring up.  We take the frustration and the hassle out of the process with our TPO application service and necessary confirmation checks. 

If you are concerned about the safety of the tree due to its condition being affected by disease, fungi or insects/pests or its structural safety, our arboricultural professionals can support your application by means of a Tree Survey or Tree Health Report.

Our consultants will submit the application and technical explanation to the local authority with the aim of acquiring consent in the shortest time.

It’s important to note that if you are planning a construction project, the local authority may insist on a tree report to support your planning application if there is possibility your proposed development may impact nearby trees or vegetation – please see our Consultancy Tree Reports & Surveys section for more details details.

Trees in Conservation Areas, Planning Constraints and Tree Preservation Orders 

The law protects trees and woodland under a range of legislation that makes it an offence to fell or prune trees without permission. It is necessary to determine whether any trees are within a tree conservation area and if they are covered by planning constraints or a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).

We can deal with the process of carrying out work on protected trees in tree conservation areas on your behalf. Contact us for more information and advice on Tree Protection Orders and trees in conservation areas.

Snowy Owl - protected wildlife

Botanical: all species and communities associated with woodland, grassland, heathland, wetland/aquatic, coastal / estuarine. Also lower plants and specialist groups such as bryophytes, lichens, slime moulds and fungi.

Invertebrates: all species and groups including white clawed crayfish, stag beetle and southern damselfly.

Protected Species & Habitats

To protect our environment, species and habitats in the UK, there are many pieces of legislation to adhere to when considering vegetation clearance works.

Our arborists are trained to assess your site and record a wildlife risk assessment so that risk to the environment is kept to a minimum and legislation is followed.

Examples of Protected Species:

Mammals: badger, bats (all species), water vole, otter, dormouse

Birds: all breeding and overwintering species including barn owl

Amphibians and reptiles: great crested newt, smooth newt, palmate newt, grass snake, adder, smooth snake, slow worm, common lizard, sand lizard.

Do you need more information about tree surveys and tree reports?

For more information and advice on tree services please send us a message, call us or send an online enquiry.

Tree Reports & Surveys (also referred to as a Homebuyer Tree Report, Mortgage Tree Report, Tree Survey or Tree Report).

Arbor Division Ltd, as professional tree surgeons, provide comprehensive tree reports for mortgage purposes. These reports evaluate the health, stability, and potential risks associated with trees on your property.

Why may I need a tree survey?

If you are looking to purchase property in proximity to trees your mortgage lender or buildings insurance provider may require  a tree report, tree health report, tree health inspection or tree survey.  Or you may be extending your property and nearby trees need assessing.  Our friendly, experienced surveyors can advise on complex issues such as building in or near root protection areas.

Insurance Provider Tree Reports & Surveys

Our qualified Arboricultural Consultants are trained in assessing the health and structural integrity of trees, and can provide detailed tree reports for insurance providers that outline any potential risks or hazards. These reports are invaluable for property owners, as they ensure the safety of both the trees and the surrounding area.

In addition to providing the tree report or tree survey, we can carry out any subsequent necessary tree surgery that is identified by the report.

Our team of skilled arborists is experienced in handling all aspects of tree care, from pruning and trimming to removal and stump grinding.

What if my tree is subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO)?

If your tree is covered by a Tree Preservation Order, or TPO, it means that it is protected by law, and any work done on it must be approved by the local planning authority.

Our team has extensive experience navigating TPO regulations and ensuring that all work is carried out in compliance with the law. Whether you need advice on TPO applications or require TPO-related tree surgery, we are here to assist you.

Trust Arbor Division Ltd for all your tree surgeon needs, including professional tree reports.

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In Summary:

> Many homebuyers find their Mortgage provider requires an Arboricultural Report prior to approval

> Insurers may require a tree survey to assess the condition and safety of your trees - Arbor Division Ltd can provide   Arboricultural reports for Insurance and Mortgage providers

> Local authorities may insist on a tree report to support your planning application if there is possibility your proposed development may impact nearby trees or vegetation.

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