Residential property & community spaces

Popular arboricultural services for residential and community areas including tree condition assessments to meet the property owner’s “duty of care”), for insurance and mortgage purposes, plus tree planting advice.

Arbor Vitae Arboriculture work with many land-owners, home-owners and community projects in and around Edinburgh, the Lothians, the Borders, Fife, Perthshire, Angus, Stirlingshire and beyond.


Commercial & construction industry

We provide commercial tree surveys to British Standard 5837 plus a range of arboricultural services to help reduce the impact on trees during development and ensure successful completion of construction projects. We also provide woodland management plans.

Our commercial partners include many architects and developers in and around Edinburgh, plus clients including councils and utility providers across Scotland.


Our full set of professional tree services:

Tree Inspections & Surveys

Tree condition and safety assessments to protect your premises and visitors, or when requested by mortgage lenders and insurance companies, in both residential and commercial circumstances. The survey collects information that is then documented in a tree report, with prioritised recommendations for remedial works.

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BS5837 (Pre-development) Reports

A detailed arboricultural stock-take of trees in areas that may be affected by a proposed development. A clear and easy-to-digest report is provided detailing tree condition with recommended works and potential conflicts. Follow-on reports describe how the development can take place with minimal harm to the retained trees. 

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Find out more about our follow on Tree Reports:

  • Arboricultural Implication Assessment (AIA)
  • Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS)
  • Tree Protection Plan (TPP)

Bats in Trees Inspection

Thorough inspections for bats in trees to British Standard 8596, as required by law prior to any tree surgery or felling. Bats are a highly protected and threatened species and disturbing or damaging their habitat can carry a heavy penalty.

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Tree Planting & Aftercare

Professional tree planting, advice and after-care, to ensure your trees will thrive in their new or existing environment.

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Woodland Design & Management

Professional design and management of woodlands, orchards, formal gardens and urban areas for a range of purposes such access, aesthetics, ecology, production of timber or fruit, or water management to prevent flooding.

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Soil De-compaction

Arbor Vitae Arboriculture can help improve the health of trees on development sites where soil has been compacted by machinery, stored materials or pedestrians.

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Root Inspection and Detection

We offer several careful methods of tree root investigation, to assess potentially diseased trees or uncover and map roots during development or landscaping works.

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We are insured for £5 million Public Liability and £1 million Professional Indemnity and will be happy to provide these insurances at your request.


Arboricultural Specialists

Consultants at Arbor Vitae Arboriculture have each undergone rigorous training to achieve the high level of knowledge and experience that should be expected from a professional arborist.

Find out more in our blog: Tree Surgeon vs Arborist

Having gained his tree surgery qualifications in 2004, owner and Senior Arborist, Mike Charkow, offers his broad spectrum of arboricultural qualifications and experience to help you protect and manage your trees for the prosperous future of your investments.


Contact us today for advice regarding any aspect of your trees or woodland environment.