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Trees Risk Management

Trees are living organisms and none of them will live forever; during the lifetime of each tree it will naturally lose branches or fall. The owner or occupier of a site has a responsibility (duty of care) to take reasonable steps to prevent or minimise the risk of personal injury or damage to property arising from the presence of any tree on the site, including its breakage or uprooting. Accordingly, there is a need to inspect trees near public places or adjacent to buildings to assess whether they represent a risk to life or property, and to take remedial action as appropriate.

Trees have landscape, cultural and habitat value and the law recognises that there is a balance to be struck between the risks and benefits of trees. The elimination of tree-related risks is not expected and arguably is neither possible nor desirable because, in the context of tree management, such an approach could result in the loss of all the benefits that trees provide.

We provide the following services:

Assistance in producing tree risk management strategies Tree risk assessment surveys
Management Strategies

Assistance in Producing Tree Risk Management Strategies

Robust tree safety management need not be onerous or costly. To meet duty of care the tree risk management process should address the requirements for the reasonable inspection, recording and monitoring of trees. Organisations that publish and maintain a tree strategy or management plan are much better placed to demonstrate that they have fulfilled their duty of care with regard to the risks from trees. We are able to give advice on the current best practice in arboriculture and risk management to help you develop a suitable approach given the funds available for tree management at the site.

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Assessment Surveys

Tree Risk Assessment Surveys

To manage old trees and their younger successors responsibly with regard to both safety and their value, there is a need to quantify tree-failure hazards and any associated risk. To do this, we use a methodology called Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA), this system applies established and accepted risk management principles to tree safety management. All of our surveyors are trained and registered QTRA users.

The final report that we produce provides a record of all the trees surveyed and a list of prioritised management works.

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I have used the services of Bosky Trees for over six years, and at three different schools where I have been responsible for tree management. I always know that the service I get from Bosky Trees will be professional, up to date, and pragmatic. I have found the annual risk management survey reports that Bosky Trees produces to be detailed and easily understood, they are both a good record and a working document for us. I wholeheartedly recommend Bosky Trees to anyone who needs help managing their tree stock.

Mark Dodd – Head of Gardens – Wellington College
Get in touch with Bosky Trees

If you'd like to make an enquiry - you can either email us at or call us on 01373 832 778.

You can also write to as at: Bosky Trees, Rook Lane House, Christchurch Street West, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1EB.