Tree Inspection Survey Course

Tree inspection survey is a really helpful skillset to have in your knowledge base. This one-day introduction to tree inspection will give you a fantastic grounding, developed from someone who is carrying out tree inspection surveys on a daily basis.

Tree Inspection Survey 

For those that have been asking about a tree inspection survey course, here it is! Ross of Treeplan who is also one of our principle trainers wrote this tree inspection survey course from the perspective of someone actively surveying trees on a daily basis. Providing key insights to enable you to either build on the knowledge you already have or as a starting point. 

It is ideal for:

  • tree climbers,
  • landowners,
  • land managers
  • land based workers
  • conservation rangers

Tree inspection can be a little daunting as literally ever tree you will look at will be different. Therefore, this course provides an introduction on how to identify clear tree defects, record information and effectively implement management and such includes the following:

  • Legal landowner responsibilities
  • Zone a site/survey area by public use (forget the trees for a minute)
  • Lone worker/survey risk assessment
  • How a tree works
  • Rooting area
  • Base of stem
  • When is a leaning tree a problem?
  • Stem and structural branches
  • Canopy
  • Good fork, bad fork
  • Good fungi, bad fungi
  • UK’s top ten trees and their common problems to look for
  • Recording options
  • Identifying your limitations and where to get further help and advice
  • Survey equipment pros and cons
  • Good books, organisations and apps available to continue learning
  • An afternoon looking at trees consolidating the morning’s discussions
This one-day session is ideal for those of you who are starting out working with trees or you may have been working with trees for years. 

Lots of detailed information as to where to start and how to pass the information on to your customers. 

Remember, anyone who has trees on their land has a responsibility for the safety of others.

For that reason, landowners have to put procedures in place to demonstrate they have inspected and noted signs of decay, damage or poor health and concerns are acted upon promptly.

Due to this, we at Lowe Maintenance are offering a one-day course, providing an in-depth presentation and discussion. Along with the opportunity at the end of the day to walk around a variety of trees discussing site-specific risks and how you would start to make decisions as to whether they stay, have some work carried out or possibly removed. 

Many of you are already actively working with trees in varying stages of health. As a result, in order to stay safe and use the most appropriate method of work. It is so important with the uncertainty of the structural integrity of the wood that you have as much information to hand as possible.

You may have been asked by:
  • your employer
  • a customer or client for clarification on a trees health
  • or a new contract opportunity to demonstrate competence through certification

Whether you could be new to the job or been doing it for over 40 years and things have changed. If so and you are faced with having to gain more insight and knowledge have you been:

  • struggling to find the right fit in terms of a training provider?
  • confused by all the names, numbers and acronyms for the land based courses that are available to you?
  • worried you will get it wrong or waste your hard-earned money?
  • concerned that it will feel like going back to school?
  • looking to gain a qualification to continue with jobs because legislation has changed?
  • offered a new and exciting contract, but need another ticket/qualification to seal the deal?
Then we can help you!

No matter which sector you are coming from, and the level of experience. We can work with you to understand your training needs. To tailor a programme and provide courses that will be suitable for you.

Providing award-winning training through tailored, flexible, friendly, approachable trainers and assessors.

All courses are run with group sizes that ensure you have as much time as needed to learn and experience the requirements for the course. Trainers are experienced, friendly, and approachable.

Finally, as with all Lowe Maintenance courses, you get support and advice via email or on the phone. If you need it in the future. Just because you’ve completed the course doesn’t mean you can’t get in touch if you need more information or guidance.

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We developed this tree survey course to provide you with up to date detailed information to make safety a top priority. Along with creating a stepping stone to an accredited course. 

Zoning is a practice whereby landowners and managers define areas of land according to levels of use. This practice prioritises the most used areas, and by doing so contributes to a cost-effective approach to tree inspection, focusing resources where most needed.

There are three types of inspections:

  • Informal observations
  • Formal inspections
  • Detailed inspections

There is a ‘duty of care’ under the ‘Occupiers Liability Act’ to ensure your trees do not harm others. 

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