Arboricultural Impact Assessment – an opportunity for development?

Current best practice recommends that tree professionals work collaboratively to achieve a harmonious and sustainable relationship between trees and structures.

BS5837:2012 suggests that competent persons should provide specialist advice throughout the various phases of new developments….“responding to and resolving constraints as they emerge”. But, what does this actually mean? Unfortunately the BS provides no structured, systematic framework to identify, predict and assess tree-related impacts with any degree of consistency.

Over the past couple of years Aspect Tree Consultancy has been researching the issue(s) and developing ideas/opportunities to improve the effectiveness of Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA).

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A number of solutions have been identified and we are now looking to promote a tangible, ratified system outline – which can be further developed with other professionals.

Effective Tree Constraints & BS 5837

The successful retention of trees in the development process starts with understanding the strengths & weaknesses of existing site features. Designing layouts around existing trees, hedges & woodlands, can be challenging for the most imaginative of us, so it is crucial to fully appreciate the constraints posed both now and in the future……..after all the trees are growing!

We’ve been working hard to deliver clear and effective tree constraints information. By improving and simplifying the process we are communicating key arboricultural issues as early as possible – and that’s where we are really seeing our work start to make a difference.

The main aim is getting ‘the right tree in the right place’, and where this is done well there are significant economic, social and environmental benefits. Good design can incorporate existing trees as long as the constraints are fully understood and integrated. The bigger and bolder the trees, the better the rewards.BLOG me - DesignTeam