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Tree surveys

Tree condition surveys and risk surveys

A tree survey will provide an assessment of tree condition and risk of failure. Where appropriate it will specify recommendations to minimise risk of harm to people or damage to property. Long term management recommendations can also be provided to help improve the condition, longevity and value of your trees.

Tree survey data spreadsheet

Tree survey in Edinburgh


Our tree surveryors in Edinburgh carry out all types of tree surveys and reports as part of our expert tree consultancy service.  Tree owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their trees. We can help with this and if required thoroughly assess and provide management recommendations for any trees which may pose a risk to people or property.  


We can carry out tree surveys and provide written reports with clear recommendations.  As a tree owner you will have the piece of mind that you have a clear management plan for your trees and ensured that they are safe.


We have the expertise to identify defects and and diseases which may effect the health and safety of your trees.  The structural integrity and vitality of the tree will be assessed and if defects are found the potential risks will be evaluated and a thorough analyses of the data will help us to determine recommendations to reduce any risks to an acceptable level.


We use the Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) method to determine the level of risk presented by a tree and Visual Tree Assessment to determine the likelihood of failure of whole tree or tree parts and determine what action should be taken to reduce or eliminate the risk level.  This is useful to help categories risk and particularly help clients with large tree populations to budget for work. 


We carry out 5 different types of tree survey:


  • Individual Tree Survey and report.

  • Tree Condition and Risk Survey

  • BS5837 Tree Survey

  • Aerial Visual Tree Inspection

  • Tree condition survey for mortgage reports


Tree Lined Park

BS 5837 Tree survey Edinburgh

Can TreeTonic provide a tree survey?

An assessment of trees would often be required in areas close to or on development sites. In this situation we would provide a survey and report following the British Standard (BS537 2012): Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction - recommendations.


Tree Surveys to BS5837(2012) ‘Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations’

BS5837 is the British Standard for Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction. The latest version was published in 2012 and applies to all trees that could be affected by the design, demolition or construction phase of a development.


BS5837 Stages of survey

Tree Survey

  • The first stage in the arboricultural assessment is a collection of tree data. This data includes species, condition, height, crown spread, stem diameter and tree quality categorisation which helps us to determine the root protection areas and to identify dead trees or trees of poor irreversible decline which can be make way for development. 


Arboricultural Impact Assessment & Tree Constraints Plan

  • An Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) reviews the potential impacts that the proposed development could have on trees within the site or nearby trees.

  • The Tree constraints Plan (TCP) maps the influence that the trees on or adjacent the site could have on the proposed development. It takes into consideration both above ground and below ground constraints.


Arboricultural Method Statement & Tree Protection Plans

  • After the proposed development layout has been finalised a Tree Protection Plan and an Arboricultural Method Statement will be submitted detailing how best to protect the remaining trees on site.


Please contact us today for BS5837 surveys in Edinburgh and across Scotland.


'We hired TreeTonic to remove trees and stumps prior to building extension works at a popular Hotel in Edinburgh. Greg and the TreeTonic team were very professional throughout the contract and completed the agreed works ahead of schedule and undertook additional work at no added cost.  Greg was clear and transparent throughout the contract and informed our site manager of his teams progress on a daily basis. TreeTonic showed great skill and experience in their work when dealing with some difficult trees which were overhanging buildings and utilities. We wouldn't hesitate to use TreeTonic again for future projects.’


G.Gibb, Marshall Construction

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