BS5837 Trees Guidelines Explained

BS5837 trees guidelines are likely to be something you have heard about if you are involved in the process of designing, constructing or demolishing buildings. Trees offer us many benefits such as urban cooling, micro-climatic effects, a reduction of energy usage and psychological benefits. But in the past, trees were an afterthought when it came to development and construction sites.

However, today many companies involved in these industries take their green responsibilities very seriously. The BS5837 guidelines, the latest of which were introduced in 2012, help those with construction sites by offering a sequence of events that place the health of a tree (or trees) at the heart of the whole process. For this reason, understanding the BS5837 can benefit engineers, land managers, planners, surveyors, builders, architects and many more. However, the standard should not be conducted by just anyone – a tree consultant, such as an arborist, should be brought in to perform the relevant actions. This includes performing a BS5837 tree survey. Such a tree survey forms part of the preliminary pre-planning process, alongside other field research such as gathering soil for assessment and determining the root protection area (RPA) to ensure tree roots aren't severed by equipment. A consultant can also advise on the management of the site going forward – including advice on drainage, soil, uses of herbicides or mulch and so on. But where can you find arboricultural experts with the experience and understanding of the BS5837 guidelines to ensure success?

Simple: just give us a call at Braemar Arboriculture Limited. Our team of consultants have been working with designers, demolition experts, construction companies and more to help their plans and sites meet the BS5837 trees guideline for over 13 years. To find out more about what we do, you can visit, or email us,