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Tree Safety Surveys

Tree Safety Surveys ensure that the proprietor(s) of a property are meeting their legal requirements for a duty of care towards visitors/occupants. Talking Elm consultancy provides thorough and detailed Tree Safety Surveys to remove the safety risks and the burden of responsibility of a given tree population away from the owner and to our consultancy.

Whether it is one tree or a large forested area of trees, our consultants are registered users of the Lantra Visual Tree Assessment method (VTA), enabling us to apply accepted and established risk management principles to tree safety assessment.

The VTA method is applied at ground level or if deemed necessary through an aerial inspection utilising qualified climbers and/or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). If any structural or physiological defects are present in the trees, and any fungal or insect pathogens are identified they are mapped and recorded. The potential risk of harm posed by a tree is then assessed, and a decision is made as to whether any further works are necessary.

Following the inspection, a tree safety report is produced within which any recommendations relating to safety are presented. Talking Elm Consultancy can then liaise with approved contractors at the clients’ request, to ensure that works are carried out correctly and to current industry standards (BS3998).

For more information regarding Tree safety reports, Tree reports and for a free quotation please contact us.


Talking Elm Consultancy is based in Norwich, Norfolk, Our work areas include Norfolk Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex; however, we are available to carry out work across the UK.

Tree Location Map

A tool for the local tree officer and for any tree works contractor to identify where the trees are and what trees require works. We also provide a schedule of works detailing any trees that may need work to make them safe.

A Desk Based Survey

Through liaising with the local authority information on the current status of the trees on the site is obtained; such as whether there are any Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) present or whether the site is in a conservation area.

Applications/recommendations for works

A detailed report identifying any safety hazards such as trees in ill health will be submitted to the client and where necessary the local authority, on behalf of the client, to apply for works if the trees are protected by a TPO or are within a conservation area.

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