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Tree hazard Assessment Reports

Among the hazards that may be associated with trees, their capacity to fall on people or property is perhaps of the greatest concern. Mechanical failures in trees are often attributable to recognisable 'defects', but even an apparently sound specimen can fail if the wind is exceptionally strong.
There are various methods for evaluating and identifying a tree's hazards/defects to minimise the risk to an acceptable level.

Under the Occupiers Liability Acts 1957 and 1984 the 'occupier' of a site has a duty of care to take steps which are 'reasonably practicable' to minimise the risk to people and property resulting from trees on a specific site. This duty extends to any person who comes on to the property or adjoining properties/land for any reason (including trespassers).

If concerns are raised such as cracks, fungal brackets or a warning from a neighbour, a Visual Tree Assessment may be necessary. Phelps Associates would record the following information when carrying out a "Visual Tree Assessment":

  • Tree number
  • Species
  • Maturity
  • Height
  • Diameter at Breast Height (DBH)
  • Vitality
  • Observations
  • Recommendations
  • Possible climbing inspection/decay detection
  • Date of next inspection
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