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Task 4 Trees on Development Sites and Near Utilities

Special care is needed for trees on development sites and close to utilities as they can easily be damaged or killed during the work. Legislation and guidelines already exist for building or working with utilities close to trees. The majority of damage is to the roots, which can take many years to show, so it is vital to follow the advice given in these documents.
Trees on development sites or close to utilities can be killed or damaged by:
  • Root cutting when digging foundations, putting in services, laying a drive or other hard surface.
  • Change in land levels.
  • Scraping off topsoil.
  • Storing materials underneath tree canopies.
  • Compaction of the soil.
  • Leaking fuel and dumping cement.
Objectives
  • Ensure that all parties involved in development and utilities meet their obligations regarding trees.
  • To encourage members of the public to inform the tree officers of trees being damaged.
  • Encourage developers and utility companies to plan ahead regarding trees so their damage can be avoided.
Management Objectives
Relates policies number 7, 11, 18, 21, 23, 24, 30, 32, 33, 36, 37, 39, 40.