Whether you have a single garden tree or your tree stock
numbers in the hundreds, SoundWood are able to provide
appropriate,proportionate professional arboricultural management advice.
Using the very latest in GIS data capture software, we can undertake
objective risk assessment of your tree assets to ensure that these are
effectively managed so as to minimise your liabilities in accordance
with your duty of care and Government Legislation.
SoundWood offer impartial management advice and do not undertake tree works. We will not recommend unnecessary work to your trees.
Trees are dynamic organisms and are affected by disease,
weather and climate, human activity and the surrounding location and
environment in which they are growing. As such their condition changes
The Occupiers Liability Acts 1957 and 1984 and the Health & Safety At Work Act 1974 place a duty of care on the occupier of premises and land to ensure that so far as is reasonably foreseeable that their property is maintained in a condition that is unlikely to cause harm either to visitors including employees or neighbours. Care should therefore be taken to ensure that trees are well maintained and not dangerous.
Timely and regular professional inspection in the form of regular tree 'MOT' health and condition surveys is the most reliable method available to tree owners to ensure that their associated liabilities are managed in a reasonable and dependable way.
With the experience of many years spent in managing
large local authority tree stocks, we believe that it is not so much the
condition of a tree that is so important - it is where it is growing
that counts. For example, a large tree in the middle of a rarely visited
field presents little risk of causing any harm, whereas a similar
specimen close to a busy road or school has the potential to cause
significant injury to persons or property. This is why we undertake a
risk appraisal of our clients property and zone areas according to the
proximity and value of adjacent targets, prior to surveying any
We also understand that you cannot manage what you haven't measured. Once areas of priority have been identified and agreed we undertake a survey of all the significant trees contained within them.
Tried and tested whilst managing local authority tree
stocks, we use the market leading Ezytreev Tree Management System for
our tree surveys. Our survey data is captured in the field directly onto
Panasonic Toughbook ruggedised computers by qualified and experienced
consultants. Trees are assigned a unique number and plotted to scale
onto O/S maps. As well as basic dimensions, such as height, spread and
DBH, the following information is recorded during our full inspection of
each tree: Age and quality classes, tree condition including health,
vitality and structure, its anticipated retain-able existence (ARE), the
level of hazard posed to surrounding features, as well as management
recommendations and a priority for any tree works.
Back at the office, collected data is synchronised with the main database. This information is then researched to produce reports tailored to our client's needs using any combination of the above categories. Typical examples would be a detailed data set for each tree, with the database being further researched to produce work schedules by order of priority.
However, if for example you wanted to know how many of your trees were of a certain quality, had a particular fungal infection or an ARE of less than 10 years, our database can be easily interrogated to provide the answers. As such it is extremely cost effective to produce any tree management data set.
Liability & Management Surveys
Dorset Tree Consultants Ltd