BS 5837 Tree Protection Plan

Planning Permssion

The local authority tree officer may require the information as part of your submission, or alternatively may have requested the information as a condition.

Site Limitations

It is important to show the areas where site and vehicle access will be directed, and where the site offices and facilities, storage of equipment and materials and vehicles will be located.

Protection of Roots

It will be required to show any “no-dig areas and “hand-dig” area on these plans.

Whole SIte and Beyond

It is not only important to show the tree constraints for all the trees on or adjacent to the site, and the tree protection measures to protect them. These include tree protection fencing (Herras or alternatives) as well as ground protection measures.

Are you looking for a BS5837 tree protection plan (TPP) to enable you to get planning permission for your proposed project? This would ideally be used as part of the design process to work around the trees where possible and retain the important ones. The local authority tree officer may require the information as part of your submission, or alternatively may have requested the information as a condition.

Whether you are a developer, architect or planning consultant with multiple large sites, a builder with small to large sites on the go or an individual householder organising and project managing your own extension works. We are able to assist you in all of these situations for you to achieve your goal.

The Tree Protection Plan (TPP) develops from the BS 5837 tree report, BS 5837 Tree Constraints Plan (TCP), BS 5837 Arboricultural Impact Assessment and BS 5837 Tree Protection Plan (TPP).

This will then identify the issues to be addressed on the BS 5837 Tree Protection Plan (TPP), and measures to be addressed with the BS 5837 Arboricultural Supervision and any necessary Tree Replacement Planting.
The main constraints will be the stem diameter crown spread crown height and the root protection area calculated from the stem diameter, but is also important to record the condition, category, and hazards and work recommendations, their life expectancy, crown spread to the four cardinal points, crown, lowest significant branch height and direction, current and expected maximum height, life stage, physical and structural condition and the theoretical RPA.

These can then be transferred from the TCP to the TPP, to show these visually, in 2D, on a Computer Aided Design (CAD) system. We use KeyTree and AutoCAD. In the future with Digital Arboriculture and Building Information Technology (BIM) this will be possible in 3D and 4D (representing changes over time).

Also, site features and layout that will have restricted or impacted on the RPA of the trees shall be recorded on the TPP.

It is not only important to show the tree constraints for all the trees on or adjacent to the site, and the tree protection measures to protect them. These include tree protection fencing (Herras or alternatives) as well as ground protection measures. It is also important to show the areas where site access, and vehicle access will be directed, and where the site offices and facilities, storage of equipment and materials and vehicles will be located.
It will also be required to show any “no-dig areas and “hand-dig” area on these plans.
These plans will need to be to scale, with the scale and paper size record on all versions along with the north arrow and a suitable key.
We have examples of these on our Tree Protection Plan (TPP) below.

We have recently working in London, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Berkshire and all across the south of England. We have recently successfully worked in numerous local authorities and like to build productive relationships with tree officers.

Local authorities where we have had recent success include Esher, Walton on Thames, Surbiton, Egham, Elmbridge, Reigate, Portsmouth, Crawley, Tonbridge, Bracknell, Reading, Slough, Windsor, Oxford and Cambridge as well as the London Boroughs of Barnet, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Hackney, Harrow, Hounslow, Lewisham, Merton, Redbridge, Richmond Upon Thames, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston Upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Waltham forest and Wandsworth.

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Frequently asked questions

These BS5837 elements are all important for a smooth and successful planning process. The local authority tree officer can ask for any or all of these to better enable him to assess your planning application.

  • BS 5837 Tree Report
  • BS5837 Tree Survey
  • BS5837 Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AMS)
  • BS 5837 Arboricultural Method Statements (AMS)
  • BA 5837 Tree Protection Plan (TPP)
  • BS 5837 Tree Protection Plans (TCP)
  • BS 5837 Arboricultural Supervision