Tree care and management is normally the responsibility of the owner of the land uponwhich they are situated. The landowner also has a duty of care to ensure a tree isnot likely cause damage or injury as a consequence of, for example, general decline,disease or storm damage. It is therefore advisable to regularly inspect the condition oftrees (including for signs of dieback, general lack of vigour, fungal infection and structuraldefects) and, where necessary, seek the advice of competent arboricultural consultantor contractor.www.stirling.gov.uk
A professional tree Inspection can save you money, protect and enhance your trees, and safeguard you against legal action if things go wrong. Many accidents and fatalities that result in litigation would have been avoided if the trees in question had received an inspection. Your local tree surgeon is likely to be a highly skilled tree worker but few of them are qualified inspectors
Trees should be assessed, as a rough guide, every three years. However, in extreme weather conditions more frequent tree inspections are advisable. Existing tree owners should have inspections carried out if no inspection has been carried out as soon as possible. Prospective homeowners should have the trees on a property inspected before purchasing a new home as a tree problem could be expensive to solve or have damaged the building in some way. Sometimes Banks and mortgage companies require home buyers to get a survey before purchase. A tree inspection is particularly important if mature trees are in the grounds or near the buildings.
Chris, a fully qualified arborist and tree inspector, advises that an inspection will cost around £150 and provides the property or land owner with advice on any remedial action needed. Often this does not actually require tree removal (which can cost approx £500), and this is sometimes at odds with advice given by companies that make a living from, well, hands-on tree removal.
Chris serves the Stirlingshire, Loch Lomond & Trossachs area, and beyond. To chat with Chris, or book an inspection, find his details HERE.
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