BS5837 Tree Survey Template: What Should Be In Your Planning Application

BS5837 tree survey template is what you have been searching for today. You are possibly curious as to what a document that should be submitted as part of a planning proposal should look like; or you may be thinking of drawing up your own document. Whatever the case, we list some of the things below that you should expect to see in such a document.

When submitting to a local planning authority (LPA), any documentation about trees should come with an Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) and an Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS). LPAs follow the BS5837 guidelines so such a report should also include a BS5837 tree survey. Such a tree survey is necessary to produce the findings featured in an AIA and an AMS. This is why no-one should be attempting to do an amateur job when it comes to these documents – always hire an arborist. The document should discuss the qualifications and experience of the arborist, as well as survey results and a map of the trees on the relevant survey (using survey data). The AIA should focus on the impact new buildings could have on the current tree population. The AMS should include a management plan to ensure protection of the trees – often called a Tree Protection Plan (TPP). Any arrangements for new planting of saplings, as well as calculations and data from any root protection areas (RPAs) – the latter to ensure the roots of trees are protected during any work – should also be included and discussed in detail.

So, if you have been looking for a BS5837 tree survey template, this should give you a small idea of what to expect from a professional, fully qualified arborist. At Braemar Arboriculture Limited, we have been producing reports to BS5837 guidelines for over 13 years. To find out more about us and our services, you can visit, or email