Tree Survey Course
The H&W professional tree survey and inspection course is an assessed LANTRA based course, suitable for professional arborists, tree surgeons and employees of highways agencies and country estates. Dates on request.
There are no current planned courses, please contact us for more details.
The course requires you to:
- Recognise the role of the tree inspector in risk management
- Identify the legal framework in the context of statute and common law that affect tree inspection and the duties and liabilities of the owner, manager and inspector.
- Summarise how a tree system functions, what constitutes a safe tree and know that energy is required to keep the tree in a healthy/safe state.
- Adopt a systematic and consistent methodology for carrying out visual tree inspection at an advanced level with the aid of binoculars, mallet and probe.
- Collect data out in the field in accordance with the inspection instructions (having determined the scope and limitations) using a suitable format. (For this course a written survey template with appropriate headings will be used)
- Recognise a range of observable mechanical and biological defects as seen in trees and confirm by the use of textbooks where necessary
- Identify a range of common seen pests, diseases and disorders that affect tree safety, confirm their identity by the use of textbooks, where necessary and state the arboricultural significance of finding them in a field
- State the appropriate control/remedial measures required to eliminate or reduce risks identified in the inspection process to an acceptable level. Determine when an aerial inspection is required, also if pro-active management recommendations can be made which may eliminate future defects from forming.
- Prioritise the necessary tree/management works with time scales based on a broad category of risk assessment
- Identify when it is appropriate to recommend the use of decay detecting or measuring equipment, based on a basic knowledge of the working principles of commonly available equipment.
- Understand that a balance between the remedial measure opted for and the range of benefits/values that a tree may have requires special attention e.g. amenity, wildlife, historical, veteran, rarity and public access.
- The Legal Framework
- The Tree
- As a dynamic living system
- An undamaged, self-optimized structure
- The law of the minimal lever arm and strategy of flexibility
- Visual Tree Assessment (VTA)
- Principel fungal decay organisms
- Mechanical symptoms of defects
- Tree inspection equipment
- Making and writing management recommendations
- Practical exercises
- Workshop sessions
- Hazard evaluations
- VTA tree walk
- Introduction to decay detection and measuring equipment
- Final round up
A minimum of arboriculture qualification at level three or equivalent and five years carrying out tree survey and inspection.
£325.00 + Vat
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Professional Tree Survey and Inspection Course – LANTRA