Hazard Assessment and Risk Management
The law of negligence in common law and responsibilities under the Occupiers Liability Acts 1957 & 1984 require the owners of trees to take reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions that could reasonably be forseen to be likely to cause harm to persons or property. These responsibilities will be satisfied if trees have been inspected by a ‘competent person’.
We can survey and inspect your trees and provide comprehensive reports and advice which will fulfil the obligations of tree ownership and management.
Tree Surveys and Inspections
The owner of a tree/trees is not required to maintain perfectly healthy trees and indeed there is no such thing as a completely safe tree. However, there is a ‘Duty of Care’ owed to those who could reasonably have been contemplated to be affected by hazardous a tree. Under this Duty of Care, those responsible for trees must take reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions that could be reasonably forseen and would be likely to cause harm to persons or property.
A professional inspection will fulfil this Duty of Care and the report will aid future tree management, offering advice on inspection regimes and management recommendations.
Reports for Mortgage and Insurance Purposes
Often when taking out a mortgage the lender will ask for a report on the influence of any trees on the property to be assessed. Similarly, many insurance companies will require an Arboricultural report when a claim is made.
We are able to offer professional advice on the management of woodland including valuation, marketing, management strategy and grant availability. Many grants are available from the Forestry Commission under the English Woodland Grant Scheme including grants of for planning, assessment, improvement, regeneration, management and creation of woodlands. We can advise on these and assist with applications.