Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Tree Constraints Plan is Part of Arboriculture

Tree constraints plan as the name suggests are the plans that are designed and developed to protect the potential residential and commercial development. This falls into the category of Arboriculture which is the science and practice of growing and maintaining the trees and shrubs in both town and countryside with amenity as the main objective. When there is any development plan is going on, the first step that environmental engineers take is to create tree constraints plan because it has its benefits.

The requirement to create the tree constraints plans is that it has to have accurate information gathered during topographical survey and an accurate tree survey. The topographical survey includes information regarding location of all trees, shrubs and hedges and other relevant features such as streams, buildings and spot level heights. Now, in order to carry out tree survey, you need to take the help of environmental engineers as it needs to be carried out in accordance with BS 5837 (2005). Professional ecological consultancy has specialist Arboriculture team which knows what it is to create tree constraints plan as part of powerful and cost-effective Arboriculture solutions.

Following are the benefits of carrying out tree constraints plan:
  • With this the redesign plan of the development of the site gets lesser as the trees that can be of trouble are identified before the initial design
  • It also reduces the risk of applications that are not registered by development control
  • When environmental engineers plan the tree constraints plan, various types of tree issues that may emerge during the application process get eliminated

Apart from these benefits, the information that tree constraints plan should include is:
  • Age class
  • Category grading
  • Stem diameter taken at 1.5m from ground level
  • Height
  • Physiological condition
  • Height of crown clearance above ground
  • Structural condition
  • Preliminary management requirements
  • Tree species
  • Estimated safe useful life expectancy
  • Branch spread (in four directions North, East, South and West)