Renowned for providing an efficient, personal service, Cedarwood Tree Care provides expert advice on all aspects of tree management, including trees in relation to development sites. The company provides site feasibility assessments through surveys and design to completion, including method statements, as well as helping with Tree Preservation Orders which includes advising on enforcement, Amenity Tree Valuations and Landscape Schemes.
Based on the Herefordshire/South Wales border, Cedarwood Tree Care provides a national service, regularly working in the Midlands, London, South Wales and the south-west, offering services to architects, developers and domestic clients seeking to pursue developments. They also work with housing associations surveying populations of trees and legal professionals to provide expert witness services. With more than a decade in local government as a tree officer as well as lecturing in arboriculture and gaining practical experience, founder Mark Chester set up the company in 2005.
“We provide independent, impartial advice based on industry best practice,” commented Mark. “With experience in the planning process we offer a personal service allowing us to identify potential pitfalls and help clients avoid them. As an independent company our recommendations can be fully trusted as we do not see it as an opportunity to generate revenue for our contractors. We also have a strong commitment to maintaining our skills and knowledge through CPD, which can be helpful when responding to technical issues.”
Two recent cases demonstrate how being informed is key to helping clients navigate the minefield of planning. A client seeking to develop near to some substantial and important trees was faced with a request from the local authority to reduce the scale of the proposals to provide more space for the trees, on the basis that they were veteran (and as such, needed more space).
Cedarwood were able to demonstrate that the plans already met the requirements of the British Standard covering this area, BS5837:2012 as well as proving that the trees, whilst important, were not veteran. Permission has since been granted.
The company also helped a client regenerating some abandoned ground and building a car park who had a request from the local authority to plant a number of trees which would reduce the number of parking spaces. Using pioneering subterranean technology which enables trees to be planted within car parks, Cedarwood ensured that the local authority’s requirements could be met without the loss of the valuable parking spaces.
“We are now working to establish young trees. With as many as 1 in 4 young trees dying within the first two years following planting within the landscape, resources are easily wasted. We can help to avoid this through design, selection & post-planting management.”