How we can help you

At Thompson Tree Services (Midlands) Ltd, we’re committed to the care of trees.
  • From surveys of large tree stocks to detailed reports on individual trees, we can provide advice and direction to satisfy all arboricultural management and planning objectives. The type and detail of information collected during a survey will depend on the specific situation and our advice, reports and management plans can be tailored to meet particular requirements. Based in Matlock, Derbyshire, we’re ideally placed to serve customers across the UK. Contact us for a quote.

  • We use Pear Technology tree management software and surveying equipment. Our hand-held, GPS based equipment enables fast and efficient data-capture for general surveys and to meet the latest BS5837 or equivalent requirements. This allows us to provide a user-friendly, efficient mapping system for any size of survey area.

Our Services

BS5837 Tree Survey, Tree Constraints Plan

Where trees are present on or adjacent to a proposed development site, the submission of arboricultural information in accordance with the recommendations of BS5837:2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction, is a pre-requisite for the registration of planning applications. The main purpose of a BS5837:2012 survey is to determine the potential impact of a development on important trees in the area. We will survey your trees following the recommendations of BS5837:2012 and provide you with our report, survey data and tree constraints plan, identifying how trees could affect your development proposal, and advice providing guidance on how you might optimise your use of the site in relation to trees.

From £350 (price will vary depending on the size of your site, the number of trees and the location of the site).

Arboricultural Impact Assessment

An Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) is a written assessment which determines the effect of a planned development on the existing tree stock.

It is a recommendation of the BS 5837: 2012, that an Arboricultural Impact Assessment may be required in order to inform the development process.

The Arboricultural Impact Assessment identifies trees to be removed and those to be retained and it highlights the potential conflicts between retained trees and the planned development. These conflicts can be above ground or below ground and include future pressures on retained trees for pruning or removal.

Arboricultural Method Statement

An Arboricultural Method Statement is a document which describes the methodology behind the protection of a development site’s trees during construction. The method statement is usually accompanied by a Tree Protection Plan (TPP). The Arboricultural Method Statement is written in a clear format to be given to operatives during the construction process. It provides all the information required for contractors to fully protect trees during construction and will cover several common factors including:

  • • Tree retentions/removal and a schedule of tree works
  • • Siting of protective barrier fencing
  • • Surface treatment and level changes in proximity to trees
  • • Transportation and storage of materials on the site
  • • Tree planting and landscape treatments
  • • Engineering solutions for e.g. excavating near/within a root protection area
  • • Any arboricultural supervision of site works that may be required by your local authority

From £300 (price will vary depending on the size of your site, the number of trees and the location of the site).

Arboricultural Supervision

It is often a condition for Local Authorities to insist as part of planning approval that development sites will require periodic supervision by an arboriculturalist, to monitor the retention and protection of trees on site.

During construction work, the arboriculturalist may attend the site regularly to ensure that tree protection measures are being carried out to the required specifications and ensure that all planning conditions are being met by the client. The arboriculturalist will then notify the Local Authority that compliance has been reached or advise the client what needs to be rectified on site before a notification can be made. The frequency of these supervision visits will be determined by the complexity of the development in relation to the trees on site. Additional visits may also be required in response to unforeseen circumstances

From £50 per hour (price will vary depending on the size and complexity of your site, the number of trees and the location of the site).

Mortgage Reports

Mortgage lenders will often request that a tree survey is undertaken before they will approve a mortgage. This request is often in response to the building surveyor noting the presence of trees and recommending that a mortgage tree report is obtained. Such a report will assess the physiological and structural condition of the tree(s) and an evaluation of the likely relationship with the property. We can provide a tree survey and report investigating issues or concerns raised within home buyer’s survey report for mortgage or insurance purposes.

From £300 (price will vary depending on the size and complexity of your site, the number of trees and the location of the site).

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Veteran Tree Management

Ancient and Veteran trees are of particular importance in terms of the diversity of wildlife that they support and their aesthetic and cultural value. Veteran trees possess characteristics such as crown retrenchment (the crown dying back and becoming more compact), hollow trunks, water pools, large quantities of deadwood and crevices in the bark.

Ancient trees are likely to possess veteran characteristics and can also be referred to as ‘veteran’. However, many veteran trees may not be old enough to be considered ancient.

Ancient and veteran trees may require some form of management to ensure their longevity and to maintain the value associated with them, although sometimes doing nothing at all is the best form of management. Appropriate management of these special trees can only be recommended following a veteran tree survey. This will involve, amongst other things, recording the locations of the trees, categorising them in terms of their vitality and/or structural condition and identifying the method of previous management.

The results of the survey are used to develop a management plan for individual trees. The types of management detailed in these plans might include pruning the tree or simply managing the vegetation and/or land around it.

Quantified Tree Risk Assessment

Tree safety management is a matter of limiting the risk of significant harm from tree failure whilst maintaining the benefits conferred by trees. The Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) system applies established and accepted risk management principles to tree safety management. It quantifies the risk of significant harm from tree failure in a way that enables tree managers to balance safety with tree value and operate to a predetermined limit of reasonable or acceptable risk. (Quantified Tree Risk Assessment Ltd)

From the householder with a tree in their garden to large country estates, as licensed users of QTRA, we can assist tree owners and managers in meeting their duty of care in respect of tree safety through the application of the QTRA methodology and the development and implementation of a defendable system of tree risk management for any size of tree stock.

From £300 (price will vary depending on the number of trees and the location of the site).

Tree Condition Reports and Management Plans

From surveys of large tree stocks to a detailed survey of individual trees, we can provide tree surveys to satisfy all objectives. The type and detail of information collected during a survey will depend on each specific situation. Our tree surveys can be tailored to meet your particular requirements. We can then use the information collected during a tree survey to formulate plans for the strategic management of your trees into the future, including advice on new planting.

From £250 (price will vary depending on the number of trees and the location of the site).

Call us today and find out why we are highly recommended for tree work in Derby, Chesterfield, Ashbourne, Midlands and Nationwide UK