Apart from their visual amenity value, trees provide shade, help to absorb noise and provide a habitat for wildlife. The more general environmental benefits of trees include the filtering of air borne pollutants and the net production of oxygen.
Arboricultural report at Tarbock, Prescot
UES have been involved at Tarbock for a number of years in an ecological and arboricultural capacity. Tarbock Hall is a 86 hectare parcel of land west of Liverpool on which developers intend to restore the dilapidated farm buildings on site as luxury houses, and also create a golf course on the surrounding land.
The first and most vital stage in the design and layout of any site is the creation of a Tree Constraints Plan. The early availability of a Tree Constraints Plan to the development design team will benefit the developer by reducing redesign time as trees will be identified before the initial design is drawn up, and by reducing the risk of tree issues being raised during the planning application process.
The Tree Constraints Plan should be a combination of the information gathered during a topographical survey (location of all trees, shrubs and hedges and other relevant features such as streams, buildings and spot level heights) and an accurate tree survey. A tree survey was conducted in June 2011 in accordance with BS 5837 and the following species were recorded onsite: Pedunculate oak Quercus robur, Ash Fraxinus excelsior, Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus, Grey willow Salix cinerea, Crack willow Salix fragilis, Beech Fagus sylvatica, Larch Larix decidua, Lime Tilia × europaea, Alder Alnus glutinosa, Scots pine Pinus sylvestris, Horse chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum, Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna, Hazel Corylus avellana, Silver birch Betula pendula, Wild cherry Prunus avium and Rowan Sorbus aucuparia.