Trees are a material planning consideration and part of the validation process, and can derail planning applications that have failed to properly account for them. Our consultants’ range of experience can often make the difference between success and failure, especially on sensitive or complex sites. We work on individual small projects through to large strategic and multi-use sites, balancing the requirements of tree retention and mitigation, ensuring development projects can be delivered on the ground to the benefit of the end user.

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

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The four key phases of a tree survey



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.


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.



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.


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.

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).

“Barberry has always found the Wharton team to be knowledgeable and efficient in their input backed with a commercially realistic approach to the development process”

M P Winters - Construction Director, Barberry Group Limited



Wharton employ a dedicated team of professionals who continue to deliver proven success, through education and a solid foundation of knowledge and experience.

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