Jerry Ross Arboricultural Consultancy provides a personal service based on over 25 years experience, assuring independent professional advice and technical information on all matters concerning amenity trees.
TREE SURVEYS AND REPORTS
• Hazard & Risk Assessment
• Tree health & condition and the assessment of Safe Useful Life-Expectancy
• Diagnosis of disease or ill-health
• Wildlife & Ecological evaluations, with particular reference to Veteran Tree care
• Evaluation of Amenity trees & Woodlands
• Determination of long-term tree management policies
Managers of land with trees have a duty of care to ensure that they remain in a safe condition, and to discharge that duty inspections should be carried out at appropriate intervals. The frequency and detail of such inspections will depend upon circumstances and surveys would therefore be tailored to the client’s specific requirements.
Surveys may range between the individual assessment of small numbers of specimen trees through to the inspection of large populations of street or parkland trees. The information so recorded can be used to create a database to monitor tree safety, providing an invaluable management tool.
Where it is a requirement to accurately plot tree locations within the environment, use may be made of computerised mapping software (GIS) and Geo-positioning systems (GPS).
TREES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
• The care of Veteran Trees
• Protection of trees under threat
• Tree-related Environmental Impact studies
• Protection of trees on or near development sites
The significance of trees within the environment hardly needs stressing. Apart from their intrinsic beauty and the contribution they make to the landscape, trees can significantly benefit our physical environment: They improve air quality, filtering out noise and pollution, and go some way towards offsetting the effects of our own emissions of greenhouse gases. In addition they provide vital habitats for a wide range of birds, invertebrates and other organisms.
The significance of this country's unique heritage of veteran trees has only recently been fully recognised: we can provide advice on their special needs to ensure their continued presence in the landscape.
TREES AND DEVELOPMENT
• Pre- and Post-site layout Tree Surveys
• Advising on the management & protection of trees on development sites
• Investigating the involvement of trees in cases of subsidence & heave or other structural problems & advising on their relief through appropriate tree management
Local Planning Authorities are bound under the Town & Country Planning Acts to ensure that, in granting consent for any development, adequate provision is made for the preservation and planting of trees. The timely consideration of trees on development sites can greatly assist in the passage of proposals through the planning procedure.
BS 5837:2012 (Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition and Construction) stresses the importance of pre-planning assessments of development sites to identify all trees worthy of particular consideration before development proposals are set out. Further arboricultural input may be required once plans have been finalised to ensure adequate measures are taken to protect retained trees, and to assist in the selection, positioning and successful establishment of new plantings.
By clarifying the issues of conservation, safety and amenity in relation to the specific requirements of a site, a successful integration of trees & buildings can be achieved.
TREES AND THE LAW
• Tree Preservation Orders & Trees within Conservation Areas
• Trees & Planning Enquiries
• Accidents & Personal Injuries involving trees
• Tree-related Subsidence claims
Assistance can be provided when tree related matters become the subject of formal procedures or litigation.
This may range from advising on technical details through to representing clients at Planing Enquiries or providing a full Expert Witness service to the Court dealing with the matter.