I very much enjoy looking after trees on development sites. I like working with ambitious developers, large and small, to optimize construction space whilst retaining and protecting valuable trees. There’s a great deal of satisfaction in working and re-working a situation until planners, developers and contractors are in broad agreement – it’s the kind of process that, when you begin it, you often feel daunted but perseverance, some finely judged compromises, a degree of full and frank debating, bucketloads of positive dialogue, patience, openess and the odd, last-minute flash of inspiration finally succeed in pulling the ship around.
But I feel there’s now a strong case for helping small developers, land-owners, engineers and contractors to do some of this work themselves. Getting a consultant in is an expensive business and who has a lot of cash to spare these days? Not every developer is a large-scale house-builder, sometimes the project relates to finding space on a small plot for a retirement bungalow, a garage, or a renovation/extension. And sometimes contractors want to test, quickly and efficiently, potential variations to their setting out against basic tree protection parameters.
With the cost-effective help of a treeplanbox aspiring developers of any size can educate themselves by attempting their own evaluation of the tree constraints on their sites. It may be that this is something done prior to, or in addition to the involvement of a consultant like myself, but it’s always going to save time and money, and reduce the stress of not knowing exactly what you’re dealing with.
It’s important that all parties to a proposed development understand what it takes to adequately protect trees alongside development – trees that should really be seen as pre-existing structures on site possessing some attributes of significance when it comes to trying to work around them.
That’s why I’m happy to supply some very basic tools and simple instructions to help anyone test the feasibility of their development aims on sites with existing trees.
Sometimes this will be all you need to solve your treeplanning issues and take your project forward. At other times, knowing a bit more than you did will enlighten you to the complications you face. So experienced, supportive consultation to back up your own investigations can be supplied on an ‘as required’ basis. You can get in touch via the treeplanbox website (contact us) at www.treeplanbox.co.uk or via www.treeplanning.co.uk.