Identifying Risks with a Tree Safety Inspection in Sutton


Sutton clients can preserve their woodland and ensure the trees on their property do not pose a risk to the general public, simply by investing in a tree safety inspection. Domestic and commercial landowners alike can rely on our professional services, which include carrying out a tree survey and tree inspection to ascertain the overall heath and structure of your woodland. For any upcoming development work, arboricultural reports, including an arboricultural method statement and arboricultural impact assessment, will help to identify and resolve risks at the earliest stages.


Risk Assessment and Tree Inspections


At W J Kent Tree Consultancy Ltd, our team of experts undertake tree safety inspections for Sutton home and business owners to achieve the following:


• Identify diseased or structurally defective trees from a tree inspection or tree survey

• Carry out hazard assessments which can result from faulty trees or woodlands

• Calculate the level of risk related to any health and safety hazard

• Advise clients on the preventative measures to avoid damage or injury taking place

• Evaluate a timeframe in which the arborists should complete maintenance duties


This can also relate to arboricultural reports, such as an arboricultural impact assessment, which highlights how existing trees can affect new builds, landscaping, construction or demolition work taking place at your Sutton property.




1. Size of Defect – The tree safety inspection assesses the size of the defective part of the tree and determines the potential degree of property damage or physical harm it can cause. A tree inspection is generally scored between 1 and 4, with 4 being the utmost hazard.

2. Probability of Damage – The tree inspection estimates the likelihood of the decayed tree causing damage using a scoring system, which ranges from 1 (a minor defect, not likely to create a disturbance) to 64 (an extreme issue that risks property damage or public safety).

3. Affected Area – The assessment will also rate how frequent the area is accessed, which relates to how the arboricultural impact assessment is calculated. The frequency and use of the area determines the risk factor, scored from 1 to 4 in the same way as the size of the faulty tree.


The score from these three areas are multiplied together to reach the general risk rating which is essential for completing arboricultural reports. The total will establish how fast the action needs to be completed at your Sutton venue, from monthly periods to immediate emergency callouts.


Actioning the Risks


A tree survey and tree safety inspection presents general guidelines which concentrate on the health of the tree and the safety of Sutton residents. However, the risk assessment will also be based on the fully-qualified opinion of the arborists themselves. Another element of a tree inspection is the Tree Protection Order (TPO), which serves to protect certain species. Therefore, this will impact the risk and whether it is high enough to warrant a removal.


In addition to arboricultural impact assessments, arboricultural reports include an arboricultural method statement which details how development projects at Sutton properties with protected trees on their land will be preserved, from the current and future growth of the crown down to the roots.


To find out more about tree surveys and arboricultural impact assessments affecting developments at your Sutton or nearby Surrey property, call 020 8668 8362.

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