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Independent Arboricultural Advice Across Munster.
Holly Arboriculture operates from Cork and throughout Munster providing a range of arboricultural services for both the public and private sector and is able to provide specialist advice in arboriculture to local authorities, developers, planning consultants, architects, land managers and private individuals.

Identifying the tree population and their condition on your site is very important information.

Trees often host legally protected wildlife including, bats and breeding birds.

The Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) system, developed by Mike Ellison at Cheshire Woodlands, applies accepted risk management principles to tree safety management. Development of the QTRA system has moved the language of tree safety management forward but represents a paradigm shift for tree managers in both the public and private sectors.

Development plans display what an area should look like in the future and the process that will be followed to get there. When planning is complete, it needs to be submitted and approved by the local planning authority. Because development can impact surrounding trees, a development plan needs to include best practices and solutions to ensure the safety of trees by including a tree/arborist report.

Construction and development cause disruptions that can be harmful to trees, so a Tree Protection Plan (TPP) is vital. A TPP is a plan that highlights the actions taken to protect trees from potential disturbances that may be harmful to them. The TPP also outlines specific requirements to reduce the environmental impact from construction and development, which includes planting or transplanting trees.

Aboricultural Impact Assessments contain an appraisal of the pre-construction situation on the site.

This includes an assessment of tree quality in accordance with British Standard BS5837:2012, taking into account the trees’ individual arboricultural, landscape and cultural or ecological values and their estimated remaining contribution.

Arborists perform an Aerial Tree Inspection to adequately assess the condition of a tree. A defect on a tree may be positioned in an area not visible from ground level or is too high up to accurately assess its likely implication. This is often the case with tall trees, ivy-covered trees, or trees that have dense crowns.

Arboriculture Method Statements are required to accompany planning applications on sites containing trees plan approval on sites containing trees. This document provides step-by-step instructions associated with tree works and tree protection measures required throughout the construction process.

When trees cannot be fully assessed by visual means and internal wood decay is suspected it is normally prudent to carry out specialist tree decay tests.

Using either the ‘Resistograph’ decay detection drill or Sonic Tomograph we can assess internal wood decay.

The Tree Constraints Plan is is used before embarking on a development project. The plan takes into consideration the constraints caused by trees and their roots which divides it into a two part assessment: above ground constraints and below ground constraints.

Planting schemes to accompany planning applications are becoming a vital cog in the whole process to increase your chance of success. Demonstrating advanced landscape planning bolsters the chance of your application’s success.

When designing a planting scheme for a development plan, you need to take into consideration the tree species in the area, the landscape, and the possible natural habitats that can be preserved or created. There are certain factors to consider in the planning of a planting scheme on a development site.