What you should know about the BS5837 tree survey

BS5837 tree survey

For many beginners in the field of housing development or ecology, the BS5837 tree survey seems to be a strange thing like references or code. In fact, this is the British standard for plants in regard to construction in 2012. In this article, we will give you some basic information about what the BS5837 tree survey actually involves, why somebody needs it and who it will be for.

What is the purpose of a BS5837 tree survey?

In general, a BS5837 tree survey is used for anybody who is considering or planning to alter his land or property that is close to or contain plants. This includes renovation, design, demolition, and construction. It is common that this process might concern large development firms such as the residence developers as well as individual homeowners.  In most cases, a BS5837 tree survey is essential not only to protect the wildlife in the local area but also make sure that large plants will not affect new development projects once they are constructed.

Different stages of a BS5837 tree survey
Depending on a particular site, a BS5837 tree survey can be varied. But in general, there are 3 major stages that need to be implemented:

  1. Plan

In this stage, the surveyor simply draws a plan in an accurate scale that shows the location of all trees in a particular location.

  1. Schedule

Once the plan has been done, he will mark a unique number in each tree and record all information about it, including:

– The common or scientific name of every species
– The preservation order of the tree, and the height in metres
– The spread of the brand to the West, East, South, and North
– The diameter of the stem in centimetres, calculated from 1.5 above the ground level
– Class of age, including veteran, over-mature, mature, semi-mature, and young
– Structural and physiological condition, including records of any defects and health problems
– Preliminary recommendation management and expected life remaining of the plants
– An assessment based the data above. The report is used to decide which trees should be retained or removed

  1. Key tree constraints

– The assessment of tree quality, Crown spread and precise position, the protection area of the root, the potential for growth in the future (based on the height and spread of the crown) and the shade footprint during the day, which is based on the potential growth in the future.