Tree surveys and constraints plans

Trees are fundamental to our wellbeing and quality of life, whether in an urban or rural context. They secure many environmental, economic and social benefits when planned and managed appropriately.

If you need a professional tree survey to support your planning application, get in touch and we’ll send a free quote within 24 hours.

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Tree surveys don’t have to be a big hassle, as Wharton makes the entire process as quick and stress-free as possible. Once you’ve answered a few questions over the phone and sent us details of the site, we provide you with a competitive quote that’s tailored to your exact needs. We’re sure that you’ll love our price, which is then followed up by a visit to carry out the tree survey and preparation of your report.

Current best practice guidance for the relationship between trees and development is provided by BS5837: 2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction. Working closely with other members of a development design team, we can undertake all of the stages required to successfully deliver a development scheme in relation to trees.

Wharton Tree Surveys

The four key phases of tree surveys for Planning ApplicationS



Topographical, tree and ecology constraints surveys and inspections allow you to understand what will affect your planning application and be required by the local planning authority. It enables you to budget accurately and manage seasonal surveys effectively.



The Arboricultural Method Statement, Tree Protection Plan and Protected Species Licence go into further detail, describing how construction can go ahead without damaging the natural environment to discharge planning conditions. These documents cover all aspects of the project, such as a schedule of works and how the work will be carried out.


Planning application

We then provide the necessary technical reports whether these be arboricultural impact assessment or detailed ecological impact assessment to enable the Local Planning Authority to make a positive decision on your application. The reports explain the situation, and outline any obstacles and actions that need taking into account. We will work with you and your architect to ensure planning permission is achieved.


Site implementation

We will be with you every step of the way to ensure that your construction team is fully aware of the technical nature of your project. This ensures that you will not cause physical harm or damage to either site trees or ecology and that all construction processes agreed through Licence or planning conditions are adhered to. This ultimately ensures the plans on paper are delivered in reality on the ground.


We provide the natural advice you need to successfully balance commercial, environmental and human needs, naturally increasing the true value of your land of property.

Our highly qualified team can help you find the most successful natural-infrastructure solutions; minimise the risk to users of their land, form plans to improve ecology and advise construction companies how to work safely around their site.

Understanding the complete constraints and opportunities of any site, whether it be arboricultural, ecological or topographical to name but a few elements, is critical in order to design and plan a successful proposal.

Wharton undertook an initial bat survey which identified suitable areas for roosting bats and evidence of bat activity (droppings).



Wharton undertook a preliminary ecological appraisal, bat activity and emergence/return to roost surveys, and completed a shadow Habitat …

Wharton undertook an initial bat survey which identified suitable areas for roosting bats and evidence of bat activity (droppings).



A topographical survey, or land survey, is a site assessment with accurate measurements and a record of any physical features. It includes the levels and contours across the survey area, and also the features within it.

Ecology surveys are required when a building or area that’s set to be transformed has species of wildlife that call it their home.

We help our clients create unique, beautiful, and commercially viable spaces to benefit the environment, linking communities via the use of green space and infrastructure. 

Personal Support

Now more than ever time is money. We guarantee our turnaround times to ensure you receive the right information at the right time to unlock the true value of your site.

We believe good communication lies at the heart of any successful ecological consultancy work. That’s why our recommendations whether on the phone in person or in a report are always easy to understand and use.

A Unique Approach

Whether you’re looking to plan, develop or manage your site, our ecologists provide the natural advice you need to successfully balance commercial, environmental and human needs, naturally increasing the true value of your land or property. By combining detailed research and data analysis of the existing trees and ecology, our arboricultural consultant will help turn any constraints into exciting opportunities to achieve planning success, improve quality of life, and allow nature to thrive.

After taking the time to research and understand your needs, our expert ecological consultants use the latest techniques to record and assess the trees and ecology on your site. Then, drawing on our in-depth experience, we help find the best way forward for you, your customers and the nature of your land and property. Ultimately, our ecological consultancy services will help increase the value of your site.

Quality Advice

Our commitment to providing honest advice that considers the wider context of your scheme enables us to secure a successful planning process and applications the first time and every time.

After a decade of success, we have developed strong relationships with planners and councils so that when a scheme does prove more challenging we can bring the right people together to find the best way forward.

Expert Analysis

Our highly qualified team of ecology consultants constantly review and update their knowledge and skills to ensure we are at the forefront of industry knowledge, environmental studies and best practice, especially in terms of environmental issues or ecological issues.

This forward-thinking approach enables Wharton environmental consultant to provide thought leadership across the whole natural-infrastructure sector driving innovation and excellence.

Commercially Minded

We understand the need to find a balance for each site between commercial environment and community requirements. So we focus on trees, ecology and habitats as assets rather than commercial development constraints.

Our approach to the environmental management of ecological constraints allows us to deliver practical and innovative services that ensure owners retain viable natural infrastructure and developers optimise their investment.

Time Conscious

For anyone in the planning sector, professional advice provided quickly and in an easily digestible format is vital to allow you to make decisions. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest and quickest level of ecological consultancy service to all clients from homeowners to those managing strategic land. 

Our team will ensure you know all critical dates either for planning matters, seasonal constraints or protected animal species activity seasons. Connect now with the right ecology consultant, we will ensure you don’t miss a thing.