Tree Surveys

What are Tree Surveys?

Tree Surveys are a specialised survey that assess the size, age, health and life expectancy of a tree that has a diameter of over 75mm, then provide recommendations on the further treatment of the tree and whether it should be retained or removed from a site. They will also issue recommendations on whether any remedial work be required, if the tree is to remain on site.

A tree survey can often be required as part of a planning application for a property development project, in particular if the development will affect the surrounding landscape and trees situated within that landscape. Tree surveys can also be carried out for insurance purposes for both domestic and commercial clients.

In order to be suitable for planning applications, tree surveys should always be conducted in line with British Standard 5837-2012. This ensures that the survey is carried out to the highest standard and complies with the regulations set within the standard.

Occasionally, when a tree survey is carried out, the tree surveyed is identified as having a Tree Protection Order (TPO) applied to it. These can often be applied to trees when they are located in a specific area or they have been identified as having significant amenity value, rare or a particularly good specimen. Trees with a TPO applied to them will require additional documentation and searches carried out due to the stipulations set in place. Visit our page on Tree Protection Orders for more information.

How does it work?

Tree Surveys - Inspecting

Following your initial contact with ProHort, we will be able to provide you with any advice you may require regarding the requirements for the tree survey and arrange for our specialist consultant to carry out the survey. You will need to provide us with an idea of how many trees are located on the site, in order for us to be able to provide you with an idea of costing.

The specialist consultant will then visit the site to carry out the survey and take any required measurements. If required, the consultant will meet with yourself or the client onsite to ensure that any specific requirements for the survey are incorporated into the resulting report.

The tree survey report will then be put together and sent in the form of a digital PDF within 48 hours of the site visit taking place.


Please see below for a breakdown of what you will receive upon completion of the tree survey. Please click here, to see a full list of the services we offer.

A digital (in the form of a PDF) pack consisting of:
  • BS5837-2012 Compliant Tree Survey - for Planning applications;
  • The common and Latin name of each tree;
  • The approximate age of each tree;
  • The diameter of the trunk of each tree;
  • The approximate height and spread of the canopy of each tree;
  • A brief description of each tree and it's health;
  • The Estimated Remaining Contribution category (ERC).

If you need any further information about tree surveys or would like to book an appointment please see our contact page.

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At ProHort we are aware of the importance of getting value for your money. Therefore, we will always provide you with our best price, first time, for all of our services.

Pricing for tree surveys are based upon the number of trees on site, starting at £200+VAT.

For more information, please get in touch.

Discounted rates are available if a survey is bought in conjunction with other plans. Please get in touch for more information.

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