tree inspections

Tree Risk Assessment

Having trees assessed by a qualified arborist can reduce your liability as a property owner or manager.  Tree assessment and management will reduce the risk of injury or property damage and create peace of mind.  Bluegum undertakes tree risk assessment using an internationally recognised methodology. This service is typically required for the following reasons:

  • To help managers and owners of large sites (such as aged care residential facilities, schools, business parks) make decisions about tree management.
  • To assist an application to council for tree removal or pruning.  Please note that Councils will not approve tree removal due to falling debris (leaf litter, seed pods etc), single branch drop, loss of solar access, loss of view, damage to outdated plumbing or other repairable structures. The purpose of an Arborist report is to provide information to the Council that is not accessible or obvious to Council’s own inspecting Tree Officer.
  • Advice and specification for tree pruning.
  • Advice on tree health and longevity.
  • Advice and installation of new trees of appropriate species for the location.

What is Tree Risk Assessment?

Tree Risk Assessment aims to categorise the risk of injury or property damage a result of tree or branch failure.  Tree Risk Assessment involves consideration of the following factors:
  • Likelihood of failure. This is based on an assessment of the structural condition of the tree.
  • Likelihood of impact. This involves an assessment of the type of usage and frequency of occupancy within the potential fall-zone.
  • Potential consequence. This involves an assessment of the likely type and extent of injury/property damage if failure and impact were to occur.

Tree Risk Management

Tree risk assessment will help to guide and prioritise tree management works by identifying those trees in most need of attention. This can save money by limiting spending on trees that present a low risk. A report will be provided outlining a detailed specification of works recommended to reduce the level of risk.  Risk mitigation works may include:
  • Dead branch removal
  • Canopy reduction pruning
  • Selective removal of defective branches.
  • Installation of branch support hardware
  • Whole tree removal