Removing protected trees can leave you with a substantial fine, delays to developments and harm your reputation. The provision and protection of trees and the landscape, is the focus of numerous government documents and planning guidance which local authorities have a statutory duty to manage through planning permissions.
Although not all local authorities fully use or enforce their powers to require trees to be planted, retained, protected and managed, they are fast becoming a minority, with ever increasing legislation, demands on local authorities to value trees as assets and accountability in the management of those assets and the wider environment.
So, why take the risk, when the upside is so much more rewarding than any downside. By commissioning tree surveys by arboriculturists before you submit planning applications you will get the right advice and be able to build relationships with the officers who have the power to refuse applications which are not tree led.
It’s hard to value reputation, but it’s easy to calculate a loss when your reputation is in the pan and orders are down! Developments using trees to enhance the landscape give residents and passers-by a feeling of well-being, they can reduce heating bills through providing shelter and believe it or not they can make a positive impact on the reduction of anti-social behaviour in an area.
Tree management may once have been thought of as a vehicle for campaigners and ‘tree-huggers’ but tree-hugging is a now a serious science contributing directly to the bottom line.