Company Name - Over 35 Years Experience


Assessor Mr T C Hart
 
Why do you need a Risk Assessment Tree Report
 
It is necessary if your property has trees under the Occupiers Liability Act 1984 you have a duty of care to ensure your trees are maintained and understand the physiological and structural health condition of them.  It is imperative that you demonstrate a duty of care as a tree owner and those responsible for them "to take reasonable care" thereby, obtaining a "Risk Assessment Tree Report" 
 
The Risk Assessment Tree Report is carried out where a:-
 
•       tree poses a threat of a third party
•       trees exhibit a structural signs of decline
•       required by lenders before they finalise mortgages
•       required by insurance companies
•       trees are implicated as the cause of subsidence
•       support is required in tree related disputes
 
The reports are produced in a consistent format, are clear and concise offering advice and recommendations on practical vegetation management, Tree risk assessment can:-
 
•       draw up a Tree Safety Policy for owners and their agent
•       carry out Tree Risk Assessment surveys
•       recommend remedial works
•       capture information digitally
•       carry out internal decay detection tests
•       carry out chlorophyll test
•       carry out internal decay detection tests
 
To understand the liability a risk assessment report will allow the following aspects to be detailed in accordance with each tree and thereby managing all aspects such as:-
 
•       Draw up a Tree Safety Policy
•       Carry out Tree Hazard Assessment surveys
•       Recommend remedial works
•       Prepare budget forecasts
•       Prioritise work 
•       Carry out internal decay detection, thermal imaging, climbing inspections and chlorophyll fluorescence testing on suspect trees
 
Tree Safety Policy will define management objectives which, depending on the nature of the site, will provide a reasonable balance between safety and conservation, risk and public access. For example it will then identify high risk areas according to frequency of use and specify different inspection levels for different areas.
 
A typical Tree Risk Assessment will be carried out from the ground using a Visual Tree Assessment method and will record:
 
• Location
• Tree Number
• Tree species, size and age class
• Physiological and structural condition
• Preliminary recommendations - which may focus on moving the target, rather than remedial tree work, climbing inspection or internal decay detection, thermal imaging, and chlorophyll fluorescence testing and will prioritise action recommended.
• date of next routine inspection
 
Recommendations for remedial work will take into account:
 
• The target - i.e. property, people and frequency of use
• The magnitude of risk the size of tree, or limb
• The probability of failure occurring before the next inspection