BS 5837:2012 Trees and Topsoil

BS5837:2012 Tree SurveyEnglish Oak (Quercus robur) from recently completed tree survey to BS:5837 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction - Recommendations

Undertaking a soil assessment is now part of the revised tree survey method following recent updates in BS 5837:2012

Changes in the British Standard BS5837

With the introduction of BS:5837 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction - Recommendations, more emphasis is now placed on the protection of trees during the whole development process, from demolition right through to construction works, design and replanting. There are quite a few changes to tree categories and definitions in the revised British Standard. One key change is the requirement for a soil assessment, intended to inform decisions relating to the root protection area (RPA), tree protection, new planting design and foundation design.

Soil Assessment

Soil Survey BS5837Soil Survey BS:5837 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction - Recommendations When a soil survey is needed, our surveys are based on the method set out in Hodson's 'Soil Survey Field Handbook', together with other field survey guidance.

The assessment should determine if the soil is shrinkable. For the purposes of designing new planting and landscape proposals, soil structure, composition and PH should be included in the assessment.

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