Professional Tree Services

Julian A. Morris B Sc, Dip Surv, Cert Pub Sect Man, Tech Cert Arb, PTI

Trees survey for Planning  and building (BS5837)

Council planners often require existing trees to be assessed as part of a planning application for development of sites. The usual approach is to follow the industry best practice in BS5837 (2012): Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction - recommendations. I provide the full range of arboricutural input for these, from georeferenced tree survey plans and reports, to justification of which trees should be retained or removed, to how they are protected during and after construction. I work with architects, developers, landowners etc. all over Scotland from my Glasgow base.


Trees and the occupiers of buildings sometimes enjoy only an uneasy co-existence. Trees can cause or contribute to subsidence to buildings or root damage to foundations, but tree removal can cause heave. Roots can interfere with services, particularly drains. I am able to investigate and advise on these issues and to recommend appropriate solutions.


More generally trees shade and shelter buildings, which can be a good or a bad thing, or both. Again these things can be assessed (in accordance with BS8206-2) for any latitude in Scotland and solutions brought forward. If required a simplified assessment of daylighting can be incorporated into your BS5837 tree report for a planning application.


Permeable modular recycled plastic car park surface _ Riverside Museum, Glasgow