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Arbor Vitae Arboriculture Ltd

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Arbor Vitae Arboriculture Ltd
8 Harbour Place
Burntisland
KY3 9PD
07917 335 066
        

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Tree Inspections

An arboricultural survey is very important to record trees that may be at risk of causing harm or damage, in both residential and commercial circumstances.

It is the tree-owner’s legal ‘duty of care’ to others to have their trees professionally inspected and the recommended work carried out.

The survey provides information such as:

Tree species, age and condition
Potential safety concerns, hazards or nuisances
Prioritised recommendations for remedial work

BS5837/Pre-Planning Surveys

Working from a CAD-type drawing with accurate tree locations, BS5837 surveys are designed to collect accurate data for each tree, assess their condition and categorise them according to their quality, which is based on condition, and their arboricultural, ecological and cultural significance.

This process will mainly concern architects and developers, but can also apply to home-owners who are planning property improvements or development.

AVA’s professional tree consultants use the latest technology to capture data on site, and to provide you with easily-digested information that will enable the safe and systematic management of your trees – before, during and post development.

The survey includes a full stock-take of trees in areas that may be affected by a proposed development, recording all relevant dimensions and tree condition. A full report detailing tree condition with recommended works, potential conflicts and a tree constraints plan (showing root protection areas) is provided.

If required by planning, we can also provide an Arboricultural Impact Assessment, Arboricultural Method Statement and a Tree Protection Plan.

Inspections For Bats In Trees

Wilful or negligent destruction of bats or their roosts is a criminal offence. Bats are a threatened species, with their habitat being severely depleted over the last century. They are a necessary and important part of our natural ecology, responsible for keeping down the numbers of midges and other flying insects.

We can carry out ground-based ‘bat potential’ inspections as well as more thorough ground- and aerial-inspections of trees for bats using an endoscope.

Our professional tree consultants can provide thorough inspections for bats in trees prior to any tree surgery, demolition or development, in order to prevent an offence being committed.

We were trained and certified by Echoes Ecology in 2012.

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review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   23rd September 2022
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Was worried about the effect of soil compaction from building work I was having done. Received a quote for £2k+ from another firm to aerate the soil, who were not able to establish whether it was compacted. AV came promptly assessed the soil for compaction and told me it was not compacted. Charged £45. Would definitely use them again.

review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   30th July 2022
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I found Mike through Edinburgh Trusted Trader. I had been worried about a large tree on my property, particularly as I had seen it swaying in high winds and I was worried about whether it may break and cause damage to neighbouring houses. A tree surgeon had cold called me saying he had just done work in the neighbourhood, had noticed the tree and and offered to to deal with it for a 4 figure sum. After I contacted Mike he kept in touch as he was unable to come immediately having been called for jury service. Hardly his fault!! After this had finished he came round bang on time, spent about an hour surveying everything and talking to me. He explained that the tree was safe. He wrote me a short report that was emailed just a few days later. Money very well spent and has saved me many hundreds as well as giving me peace of mind. Thoroughly recommended. I will be asking him back to reassess the tree in a few years. Thanks Mike.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   6th May 2022
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I contacted Mike looking for advice on some trees planted in my garden by a neighbour. I had researched how trees could impact on a property, but thought it best to ask an expert. He arranged to visit the very next day.
He was very professional and inspected the garden thoroughly. He advised me which trees could be a risk to our property, and advised on the impact on the rest of the garden too.
On the basis of his verbal report I requested a written future risk report to submit to my insurance company, which I received promptly.

I am now hoping that my neighbours will act on the report, and would recommend Mike should they require professional help with the tree removal.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   7th April 2022
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Mike turned up on time, carried out a thorough inspection of the tree, provided helpful advice and guidance and then followed up with a comprehensive report a couple of days later - exactly what I was looking for. Thanks Mike.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   26th November 2021
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Mike Charkow carried out an assessment of the health & safety of some trees in our garden and provided a concise and helpful report on all the issues discussed.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   24th October 2021
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Mike really knows his stuff about trees, was a pleasure to deal with and his surveying was very thorough and accurate. I would be delighted to use him again or to recommend him to other people.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   23rd September 2021
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Mike conducted a survey of a number of trees in our garden and compiled a report on a very large Lawson Cypress. Excellent service and I'd have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone wanting an opinion on the trees in their garden.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   3rd June 2021
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Mike has done tree work for me twice and has always impressed with his knowledge and skill.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   27th April 2021
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the service provided by Arbor Vitae Arboriculture Ltd was fantastic, the professional administration and physical works was very effective and I would definitely use Mike again.
review stars review stars review stars review stars   27th April 2021
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Survey of trees actioned timeously & professionally
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   23rd February 2021
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Mike provided a thoughtful, timely, unrushed, affordable and expert survey our tree. Much appreciated, highly recommended.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   3rd December 2020
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Request to assess the condition of a mature old oak tree and possible pruning options.

Mike's technical knowledge and professional approach was clear to see from our first contact. The report following his physical assessment of the tree was well written clearly setting out the scope of his assessment, analysis, recommendations and conclusion.

Clear expectations were set throughout the process, and at no time was I left unaware as to progress and timescales. Any questions I had were answered, and answered promptly.

My experience was a positive one and I have no doubts recommending Mike to others.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   30th November 2020
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Great service. We asked about getting a tree report done. He was honest about the difficulty giving an exact quote but gave us a range of prices depending on the complexity needed because of the condition of the tree. We accepted and asked for a report.
He visited site exactly when arranged and we received a very comprehensive report 2 days later. It was very detailed and the charge was within the figures quoted.
A good value and very professional service that we’d be happy to recommend.
review stars review stars review stars review stars   4th September 2020
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Mike visited our site when he said he would, and spent 2 hours closely inspecting our trees. We had informative practical discussions whilst Mike was with us which were accurately reflected in the report which promptly followed two days later.

We would thoroughly recommend Mike for anyone looking to have their trees surveyed.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   7th July 2020
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Mike did a tree survey for me. He reviewed the tree the same day that I phoned him. Very helpful in advising us and his written report was very professional, easy to read and understand.
Five stars all round from me.

review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   10th June 2020
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Work done promptly and efficiently and a written report received the same day
Application to the Council to fell a tree done for us which saved us a lot of hassle
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   27th April 2020
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Assessment of existing tree and review options for removal and/or future maintenance.

AV Arboriculture were very helpful and gave useful and straightforward advice to allow us to progress with proposed tree works within our garden. As the work lay within a Conservation Area they handled the required planning application with the minimum of fuss and expense. I would certainly recommend their service.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   6th October 2019
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I had a lot of concerns regarding a large number of trees in my garden. Mike was very helpful and professional, giving advice beforehand and at the time of the tree survey. His report was detailed and informative, and his fees were very fair.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   21st August 2019
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Mike was great. He came on time, gave me invaluable advice and answered all my questions. Highly recommended. Thank you.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   2nd July 2019
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Work performed - BS5837 (2012) pre-planning survey of around 30 trees.
Report including tree retention category, prioritised work recommendations and a
tree constraints plan.
Comments on potential conflicts between development and the trees.

Excellent work performed by AV Arboriculture Ltd. Report quality was superb, communication and speed of turnaround was first class and value for money was very competitive.
Will definitely employ their services again if the need arises.
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