Risk management

Where trees grow close to people and property, personal and public safety is obviously important. Big trees that could cause harm or injury if they fail need to be regularly checked and managed to keep risks low. Every tree owner has a general duty of care to make sure their trees are systematically inspected by a competent person.

All of our consultants have been trained to carry out hazard inspections and advise on remedial works to establish acceptable levels of risk. From single trees to entire populations, our inspections and reports shift the burden of responsibility from the tree owner to us as the advising experts. If you are anxious about tree safety, here are a few scenarios where we can help you meet your legal obligation:

Domestic gardens: Homeowners have a responsibility to make sure visitors and neighbours are not at risk from falling trees and branches. One of our most popular services is inspecting garden trees, helping to make sure your home remains a relaxing and safe place to live in and visit.

Schools: Children love playing outside and schools with access to trees offer a much more comprehensive life experience opportunity. Trees and children will always involve risk; regularly inspecting the trees is one means of keeping those risks to an acceptable level.

Estates and institutions: Although large landowners may have many thousands of trees, they still have a duty of care to have a systematic inspection regime in place. Every tree does not need to be inspected every year, but landowners are expected to have identified the areas of greatest use near roads, footpaths and buildings, and focus resources where the risk is highest.

Streets, parks and woodlands with public access: Large trees that could cause injury or harm if they fail must be inspected regularly. The closer they are to people and property, the more rigorous the inspection regime must be.

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