We work on many different types and size of arboricultural projects. Below is representative sample showcasing how we help our clients.
Dating from the 18th century and earlier, parkland landscapes provide the perfect setting to many fine properties in the UK. Sadly, many have received little attention during the last hundred years and are often in need of remedial work to restore them to their former glory. Taking on such a task can be daunting and challenging without the right knowledge or experience.
Our team has over 20 years of experience providing tree and woodland management plans for historic landscape sites,respecting both the original design and current land use requirements. It is often difficult to unpick the different chronological layers of trees, which may have been planted over several centuries. This is invaluable for providing a sound basis for understanding the evolution of the landscape design and therefore what is important to preserve.
Our plans and advice will cover:
Our team of specialist arboricultural consultants provide advice and support every step of the way to restoring a legacy for your historic landscape.
For more information or to discuss your project contact us today.
Large new country houses require a suitably impressive setting involving considerate landscaping and the necessary planning requirements. This can be a daunting task leaving owners unsure of where to begin or managing multiple teams of contractors.
The Tree and Woodland Company can produce master plans detailing tree planting layouts and other features to provide the perfect setting for your property. With years of experience and close working relationships with skilled partners, we can both create the plans and oversee the implementation, leaving you with prestigious grounds and a lasting impression on the landscape.
Please contact us to discuss your project further or to arrange a site visit.
As a landowner you have a statutory duty of care to ensure potentially hazardous trees are surveyed regularly and appropriately managed. You will also, undoubtedly, wish to strike a balance between satisfying your legal obligations, minimising costs and preserving the trees on your land.
Being licenced users of the Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) method, The Tree and Woodland Company’s approach to tree hazard management fulfils these criteria. We can work out the risk of harm being caused by hazardous trees, and then recommend the required remedial work to ensure this risk of harm is within acceptable limits. This approach keeps costs to a minimum but ensures peace of mind is maximised.
For full advice or to book a licenced QTRA on your trees, please contact us.
Knowing whether trees are protected through planning tools such as Tree Preservation Orders (TPO’s), Conservation Areas or other Planning Conditions is something we specialise in at The Tree and Woodland Company. Undertaking work on trees subject to these orders requires permission and failure to do so can lead to prosecutions, fines or enforcement action.
Our arboricultural consultants are fully conversant in the implications of environmental and planning law, and can submit applications for work on your behalf – saving you time and offering you peace of mind.
Financial assistance is, naturally, a major incentive to carry out works to trees and woodlands. The Tree and Woodland Company can provide advice on securing grants of up to 80% of the cost for woodland management, new planting, parkland restoration, hedgerow management and remedial works to veteran or other significant trees. Both management plans and the recommended work can be grant-aided.
If you’d like us to make an application on your behalf, please get in touch with us.
The Tree and Woodland Company offer professional project management services to oversee contractors required to deliver work such as tree surgery, woodland thinning or tree planting.
We’re able to provide the detailed specifications and contract documents required to tender to established, recommended and trusted contractors along with the option to supervise the implementation of the work.
For further details please contact us.
The gnarled old warriors which are veteran trees bring a unique sense of history to British landscapes. Hosting 80% of Europe’s population of veteran trees, the UK is blessed with ancient oaks, yes and limes, some trees over a thousand years old.
At the Tree and Woodland Company, we believe these masters are worthy of preferential treatment to preserve both them and the intricate ecosystems they support.
Providing health assessments, tree management plans and remedial work recommendations, we can ensure the continued lifespan of these wonderful trees for many years to come.
If you have veteran trees on your site that require surveying, please contact us for an appointment.
Trees are a material consideration in relation to gaining planning permission for development, whether a new build or an extension to an existing property. We prefer to view them as assets!
BS5387 (2012) “Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction” is the primary guidance for trees in this context and is crucial to anyone working on development sites that include trees. Failure to follow the guidelines and standards set out by BS5837 (2012) can result in planning consent being delayed, or worse declined.
The Tree and Woodland Company are experts in interpreting BS5837 (2012), ensuring that trees are at the forefront of the development process from conception to completion – saving you time and money.
The key elements of the process are:
Pre- Planning Survey and Tree Constraints Plan (TCP)
The first arboricultural phase of any development project is the production of a TCP determining the suitability of trees for retention, along with the necessary constraints with which to inform the conceptual design for the site. This report can be used as supporting documentation in pre-application discussions with the Local Planning Authority.
Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA)
Evaluating the direct and indirect effects of the proposed design on trees and where necessary recommending mitigation, an AIA is prepared to support a full planning application.
Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS)
Producing an AMS is normally a condition of planning consent and it provides specific guidance to building contractors on protecting retained trees from harm during the construction process. The Tree and Woodland Company can produce a succinct AMS for you, as well as supervise its implementation in relation to trees being retained.
Using a specialist partner with expertise in the field, a full range of ecological services can be delivered alongside our arboricultural services in a seamless package. We’re on hand to guide you through the process and to ensure you receive the best possible service. To discuss this with us or to book a site visit please email us.
Protected Species Surveys & Licencing
Surveys can be carried out for all protected species in England, Wales and Scotland as well as Priority Species under the UK BAP and NERC Act (2006). This includes bats, badgers, birds, amphibians, water voles, reptiles, dormice, otters and terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates.
These surveys and any recommended follow up work are normally a condition of gaining planning permission on development sites and we can offer advice and support every step of the way to ensure your projects run smoothly and efficiently. Where a protected species or sensitive habitat is identified for example, we can provide ecological supervision to ensure any potential ecological impacts are minimised.
Phase 1 and 2 Habitat Surveys
The first step in determining the ecological value of a site, a Phase 1 survey assesses and maps the main habitat types and details the plant species. The survey can be extended to include the site’s likelihood to support protected or BAP species.
If more detailed botanical surveys are required, we can offer Site Condition Monitoring, Phase 2 botanical/National Vegetation Classification (NVC) surveys and specialist surveys such as lichens and bryophytes.
BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH)
Increasingly popular to demonstrate the ecological improvement of a post development site, we can offer the relevant habitat and species surveys required to assess the proposed scheme against the criteria for the BREEAM Land Use or CSH Ecology credits.
Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)
Often required on a development project as part of gaining planning permission, an EcIA combines all individual surveys to provide a list of Valued Ecological Resources against which the impacts of the development are assessed. The EcIA will then feed into the wider Environmental Statement as required under the Environmental Impact Regulations 2011.
Planning is a vital tool to give strategic direction to the management of the woodland resource and can provide the basis for gaining felling licences and implementation grants from Natural England. Offering clear management objectives and work programmes, our plans maintain a balance between sustainability, environmental, landscape and financial considerations.
Existing Woodland Work
Working alongside your in-house teams or by providing our trusted contractors, we can oversee the efficient delivery of the work programme to a high standard, within agreed timescales and budgets. This will cover thinning, felling, coppicing, timber extraction and replanting; timber can also be marketed for you and grants claimed for completed works.
New Woodland Design
The Tree and Woodland Company offers vast experience in the design of new woodland planting particularly where landscape conservation and sporting considerations are a priority. We’re able to provide plans based on the specifics of your site and your requirements, with a strong emphasis on species and structural diversity to combat pest and disease issues and the potential impact of climate change.
Planting and Aftercare
Either delivering the planting for you or project managing your own team, we consider all factors including soil type, ground preparation, plant selection and specifications, protection and support, irrigation, weed control and aftercare to ensure establishment for your site. Aftercare programmes typically continue for 3-5 years after planting and include watering, weed control, protection and support maintenance and formative pruning. We now provide plastic free planting options, using alternatives to plastic protections for trees and planting.