Tree Surveys

Under the Occupiers Liability Act 1984 you have a duty of care to ensure your trees are safe. Ignorance is not an excuse in law! Statute law does not require the tree owner to maintain completely safe trees, and it is certainly not practical or possible to inspect each tree on a daily basis. The duty only requires the tree owner and those responsible for them “to take reasonable care”.

We can tailor tree surveys to suit your budget and requirements. Larger sites will be categorised according to usage and therefore risk of harm.

Unlike most companies offering Tree Reports, Hallwood Associates do not carry out tree surgery work, therefore have no incentive to specify non-essential work. If required Hallwood Associates can provide a list of Arboricultural contractors who are known to provide a fully insured and qualified work force delivering high standards.

We provide three types of tree asset survey:

Level 1: Hazard/Walkover or Drive-by Survey

Is a visual assessment from a specified perspective of an individual tree or a population of trees near specified targets (roads etc) to identify obvious defects or disorders. This is a limited visual assessment typically focused on identifying trees with an imminent and/or probable likelihood of failure.

level 1 are the fastest but least thorough means of assessment.

Level 2: Basic Tree Survey

A Level 2 or basic assessment is a detailed visual inspection of a tree and surrounding site, and a synthesis of the information collected. It requires access all around a tree and may involve the use of simple tools such as probes, binoculars and a sounding mallet to gain additional information about the tree or defects.

This is the standard assessment that is performed in response to a request for a tree risk assessment.

Level 3: Advanced Tree Assessment

Advanced assessments are performed to provide detailed information about specific tree parts, defects, targets or site conditions.

They are usually conducted after Level 2 assessments if the tree assessor needs additional information and the client approves the additional service.

Specialised equipment, data collection and analysis, and/or expertise are usually required for advanced assessments. This may be decay detection equipment or climbing inspections of aerial parts which could not be adequately assessed from ground level.