Ecology & Tree Surveys

Ecology & Tree Surveys

With any potential development, you will need to conduct various site surveys, including an ecological survey. An OUTCO ecology survey will assess all areas of your site, and will likely encompass any considerations, issues or problems that will need to be addressed from an ecological standpoint

 

Ecology & Tree Surveys

With any potential development, you will need to conduct various site surveys, including an ecological survey to identify your grounds maintenance priorities. An OUTCO ecology survey will assess all areas of your site, and will likely encompass any considerations, issues or problems that will need to be addressed from an ecological standpoint. We consider the site’s immediate environmental impact on existing habitats and will help you establish the necessary next steps to ensure that development can continue.

An ecology survey needs to be carried out a long time prior to planning permission being granted, as, if something is found, ecologists will have to agree an approach to mitigate for any impact to the habitats or species and may need to consult with the local planning authority before anything else. Any mitigation scheme will need to be submitted long before your planning application and can take up to 40 days to be processed, and this is why an ecology survey is a first priority. Essentially, with an ecology survey, you can iron out any issues that may come to fruition later on in the build.

OUTCO Tree Surveys

An OUTCO tree survey is an important landscape survey that is performed every three years on your trees and identifies diseases that trees may have which make them dangerous. Tree surveys will identify, for example, Ash dieback, Acute oak decline and other problems such as Asian longhorn beetles and Birch borer beetles.

An OUTCO tree survey also ensures that your trees grow in the right shape and direction, and that branches are always monitored to be cleared to 2.4m over paths, 5m over roads, 1m from all street lighting, traffic signs, traffic lights, street name plates and 2m from windows or adjacent premises.

The goal of an OUTCO tree survey is to provide useful information so that facility managers can make informed decisions, such as what to do with the trees. A tree survey must usually conform with the British Standard BS5837 and determines which trees should be retained, and which trees should be removed.

In some regions, tree surveys are mandatory. This is to prevent a protected tree with a TPO from being cut down accidentally (based on the Wildlife and Countryside Act). The information retrieved from a tree survey also has commercial validity. For instance, your grounds manager may decide to keep some trees so as to increase the overall value of the property. Those that cannot be removed by law, can be incorporated into the design so that they appear part of the overall landscape.

In addition, a tree survey can also point out health and safety hazards. For example, an OUTCO tree survey will identify trees or branches that may be at imminent risk of falling (especially when there is a strong wind or foul weather) due to fungal decay. In this case, it is better to have the tree removed. Only after a tree survey should actual work start on the trees in the grounds of your premises.

 

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