We all use a lot of trees IN our buildings – probably us more than most.
But we don’t always pay as much attention as we could – or should – to the way our planning and designs consider trees AROUND our buildings.
Thanks to ‘deeproot’. this week’s insight highlights street-scapes, health, safety and maintenance issue for the inclusion of large trees, provides pictorial examples of good practice from both sides of the Atlantic, and takes a step into the future use of ‘Drones’ to survey your Green Infrastructure.
Achieving traditional ‘design requirements’ like:-
- Pedestrian & vehicle access
- Avoiding trip hazards
- Maximising space for people
… and still meet your trees’ needs without compromising their growth or future environmental H&S considerations, while creating stimulating environments. This article on The Case for Big Tree Openings by Jim Urban FASLA also includes a 45minute webinar for those wishing to expand their knowledge and ideas base.
Tree Surveys – by ‘Drone’
Whether you’re dealing with an existing TPO, needing to assess the health of a tree, finding appropriate species to ‘transplant’ or needing to survey a whole site to identify and select specimens that should remain and those that should be culled, taking to the air by ‘drone’ offers great benefits and savings in time and money.
This Green Infrastructure article also provides 3 interesting ‘demonstration’ videos along with:-
- Drone prices
- Applications for tree work
- Flight times + H&S issues
Foundations with Tree Roots
If, like us, you have run into issues with foundations where planners, environmental officers and building control are holding up your project because tree roots need to be protected, give us a call. We may just have the answer for you.
As Chartered Building Consultants we provide design, survey, project management and related services that can help.
If you’d like to talk about the benefits & cost of making your next project a Low Energy Building, call us, send us your drawings for comments and prices, or come and see us at our manufacturing plant.