• Woodsman has the expertise and experience to offer a complete range of services to the construction industry.
  • The 2005 amendments to BS5837: Trees in relation to construction Recommendations; have put a greater emphasis on tree management and retention throughout the construction process. Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) are becoming more vigilant when it comes to construction site tree management and this is reflected in an increase in planning conditions relating to trees on many sites.
  • Retaining suitable trees can add considerable aesthetic, amenity and wildlife value to completed construction projects. This is clearly reflected in the increased value of properties with well-managed trees and landscapes.
  • Tree retention during construction requires careful preparation and can affect construction designs and specifications. Planning at an early stage can save delays in the construction process and the need for redesign of site layouts.
  • No two construction sites or companies are the same. Woodsmans consultancy services are tailored to individual clients needs, so if in doubt feel free to call and discuss your requirements.


  • Initial Consultation - to assess site-specific considerations.
  • Assessment of client and site specific requirements.

  • Local Planning Authority Liaison Services.
  • We can liase directly with LPAs regarding all aspects of tree management and retention.

  • CAD (Computer Aided Design).
  • Woodsman has CAD facilities for accurate mapping of all aspects of tree management on development sites.

  • Initial Assessment of Tree Condition and Categorisation.
  • Trees are categorised according to their suitability for retention during and after development.

  • Mapping of Significant Trees. - Arboricultural Constraints Plan.
  • A basic requirement for BS5837. - Significant trees must be mapped accurately and have crown spreads and Root Protection Areas (RPAs) clearly marked. Mapping of tree shadows may also be necessary for some developments.

  • Arboricultural Impact Assessments (AIA).
  • An objective assessment of the likely impact of the proposed development on the existing tree population. This can also aid the assessment of potential measures to mitigate the impact of tree losses on site.

  • Tree Protection Plans (TPP).
  • Mapping of protective barriers covering Construction Exclusion Zones (CEZs) and other protective measures.

  • Arboricultural Method Statements (AMS).
  • Method statements clearly detailing schedules and methodology for arboricultural works and other construction-works in proximity to retained trees.

  • Personnel Management - for construction staff and arboricultural contractors on site.
  • Having an arboricultural consultant on site during some phases of development can ensure that all method statements and specifications are adhered to.

  • Protected Species Surveys.
  • Protected wildlife such as birds and bats can impact significantly on development plans particularly if not identified at an early stage.

  • Protected Tree Works Applications.
  • For trees subject to conservation area or tree preservation order status we can apply for works permissions directly to Local Planning Authorities.