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What Is Tree Protection?

Tree protection is exactly what it says – Protecting trees. This service is mainly used on construction sites or when building works are being carried out near trees that have a preservation order. A tree preservation order is an order made by a local planning authority in respect of trees or woodland, the principal effect of such order is to prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without your local planning authorities consent. Any tree can be protected but no tree is automatically protected. Trees are often overlooked during the development process. Trees have to adapt to the surrounding and changes can affect trees and on occasions kill trees, so it is recommended to have a tree survey in which complies with the British Standard before planning any type of construction.

Construction sites can damages trees in the following ways,  Wood tissue is exposed, Crushing of roots by vehicles plant equipment , severing and removal of roots by excavation, broken branches, chemical spillage, changes in the soil level resulting in root death. The roots are the most important part of the tree and are often forgotten and susceptible to damage. This is where tree protection is used – A barrier is created not only to protect the trunk but the roots. These barriers are placed different distance for each tree as a guideline when erecting tree protection fencing allow 1 foot of space form the trunk for each inch of trunk diameter or another way is the height and span of the trees should be the distance in which the barrier should be from the trunk. A collection for heras fencing will be erected as barriers and also a scaffold support system will be set behind the fencing to ensure if worst case they are knocked by machinery the barriers will not damage the tree or trunk, the scaffold support will keep it upstanding.  All Tree protection must be erected to British standards BS5837 which is a follows - Along a line 1m beyond the vegetation or tree crown spread, with 2.3m height steel, mesh or panel fencing, mounted on scaffold framework set 600mm into the ground as anchoring, with backstays at 3m centres.

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