Street Design, Poppy Close, Oxford
A key element is this traditional residential estate was the working of the design around a large existing tree. Its good to see that after a number of years it appears to doing well and is the focus of the entire road !
Wilsham are used to designing highway and drainage works in areas with tree protection orders and securing permissions.
- Arrange or advise for an arboriculturalist to carry out a tree survey before the design stage.
- Design the scheme to retain high-category and moderate-category trees and, where possible, low-category trees.
- Show protection zones from the worksite using appropriate protective fencing.
- Do not carry out any excavations or alter soil levels within a tree’s protection zone.
- Consult with a forestry officer if works need to take place in a protection zone before works begin.
- Advise for an approved arboricultural contractor to carry out recommended tree surgery before work begins.
- Advise the contractor follows all appropriate codes of practice and specific recommendations when working within protection zones.
- Advise the contractor to carry out appropriate measures after work has finished to reinstate and improve the site (for example, soil aeration and mulching) and avoid practices such as cultivation and fertilising.
- Request that construction materials or toxic substances (including road salt) are not used.
- Request that the contractor does not operate any vehicles or plant within a tree’s protection zone.
- Maximise the use of permeable surfaces over disturbed ground within a tree’s protection zone or elseware where agreement of the highways team can be secured.
- Maximise the distance between new houses close to retained trees, particularly where there is little possibility of them existing together.
Should your development have any problems relating to trees and civil works and you require advise, do not hesitate to contact.