As part of the planning process, architects and developers often require a pre-development survey of trees on the site, more commonly known as a BS5837 survey.

Working from a CAD-type drawing with accurate tree locations, BS5837 surveys are designed to collect accurate data for each tree, assess their condition and categorise them according to their quality, which is based on condition, and their arboricultural, ecological and cultural significance. This process will mainly concern architects and developers, but can also apply to home-owners who are planning property improvements or development.

AVA’s professional tree consultants use the latest technology to accurately capture data on site, and to provide you with easily-digested information that will enable the safe and systematic management of your trees – before, during and post development.

It is advised that a BS5837 survey is carried out prior to any development design, as the presence of trees on a site can cause constraints for the design. Find out more here.

Our CAD enabled software accurately plots trees with their identifiers and root protection zones, providing information that can then be easily used by the architect to design around the trees. A full report with relevant data and plans (available in DWG and DXF format) will be provided, in order to aid you in decision making.

We can also provide you with an Arboricultural Implication Assessment (AIA), Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS) and a Tree Protection Plan (TPP), if required.

Working around trees can lead to conflicts with tree roots. We provide an Air-Spade service, which allows trenches and holes to be dug without harming the tree roots.

We also provide an Arboricultural Clerk of Works service, providing on-site support and advice for working with conflicts with trees.  Mature trees are important in new developments as they provide a softening effect, and they lend a sense of maturity.

Please contact AV Arboriculture for further information.