One of our clients contacted us and asked us to undertake a safety survey at a school in Oldham.
A check was carried out with Oldham Metropolitan Council and we were informed that there was a tree preservation order in force on this site.
In total, 320 items of vegetation were surveyed. Out of the 320 items, the majority of vegetation was given category retention ‘A’ and ‘B’. However, there were 15 items which were found to be potentially hazardous which could not be made safe by remedial works and were give retention category ‘U’.
As a general rule, the trees listed as retention category ‘A’ or retention category ‘B’ are the most valuable items of vegetation and as such the removal of these is likely to be met with resistance by the Local Planning Authority.
Items which are listed as category ‘U’ comprise of dead trees or trees of limited safe life expectancy and are often recommended removal, irrespective of any proposals.