BS5837 Trees In Relation To Construction: Outlining The Process

BS5837 trees in relation to construction is a set of guidelines that have to be followed to ensure that any planning proposal considered by a local planning authority has any chance of success. By not following this set of standardised processes, it is very likely that you will not receive planning permission.

So, what is the BS5837 process and what does it cover? Well, to follow this standard an arborist consultant should be employed. They can formulate reports – including a BS5837 tree survey – as well as a method statement that outlines everything from the initial tree survey to the management of trees on-site during the post-planning period. This process roughly covers four separate stages. The feasibility stage, which involves the survey, tests any planned layout with trees. Therefore, it is important to involve an arborist during the design stage. Without them, designers and architects may be left performing numerous revisions at a later stage. An arboricultural impact assessment (AIA) forms part of the conceptual design stage, which serves to identify ways in which impact between proposals and trees may be avoided or mitigated. This is also where the method statement should be developed to send onto the local planning authority. If planning permission is permitted, then the post-planning work sees an arborist work with engineers and service installers to ensure the proposals are met. Finally, the implementation stage ensures that tree protection arrangements are put in place as agreed, and that these arrangements are monitored during the construction process.

So, when it comes to a construction site, it's important to have qualified, experience arborists on-hand every step of the way. At Braemar Arboriculture Limited, we have been helping developers successfully implement the BS5837 trees in relation to construction guidelines for over 13 years on both a local and national scale. To secure our services, you can email, or visit us at