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Does Tree Environs have qualified arborists?

Tree Environs consulting arborists are highly qualified and experienced. Kym Knight has an Advanced Diploma in Arboriculture (Level 6) with experience in the field of Arboriculture since 1980. Michael Palamountain has a Diploma in Arboriculture (Level 5) with experience in the field of Arboriculture since 1998. Both are Certified Arborists with the International Society of Arboriculture.

Martin Ely is a qualified Landscape Architect and a Qualified Arborist (Level 5). He has over 20 years’ experience in planning and design where urban trees are involved. He specialises in the field of sustainable landscape design, Water Sensitive Urban Design, structural soils and management of trees on development sites.

Michael and Kym are licensed tree risk assessors using the Quantified Tree Risk Assessment method (QTRA). Kym, Michael and Martin are also qualified in the International Society of Arboriculture Tree Risk Assessment method. Both Kym and Michael have experience as tree climbing arborists, so understand trees very well from a hands on perspective. The entire team regularly attend conferences, seminars and workshops to keep their tree management knowledge up to date. For more details on their qualifications, please go to the team page.

Is my tree significant?

Trees of a certain size are protected under the Development Act 1993. The legislation changed in November 2011 to include a two tiered system. Regulated trees are those trees that have a trunk circumference of between 2 and 3m. Significant trees are those that have a trunk circumference of greater than 3m. Council approvals may be required for both classes of trees if a tree requires pruning, removal or is in the vicinity of some form of development activity (such as a new building or extension).

Some tree species are exempt from controls under this legislation, such as certain tree species within 10m of a dwelling, other tree species with perceived pest or nuisance issues. For confirmation as to whether your tree is regulated or significant, please call our offices to arrange a site visit with one of our consultants.

When can I remove my regulated or significant tree?

Certain criteria must be met before you can remove your regulated or significant tree. These criteria are set out in each local Council’s Development Plan, which lies underneath the legislation of the Development Act 1993. In general terms, tree removal criteria include one or more of the following:

  • The tree does not possess any of the attributes worthy of preservation
  • The tree is diseased with a short life expectancy
  • The tree represents a significant risk to public or private safety
  • The tree is causing damage to a notable structure
  • The tree is exempt from controls

How do I apply to have a significant tree removed?

You must apply to your local council to have a regulated or significant tree removed by lodging a Development Application Form from your local Council (Council fees apply).

If you have a regulated tree, Council will send an arborist out to assess the application. You may not need to provide a tree report.

If you have a significant tree, you are required to provide council with a tree report from a qualified arborist. It is your responsibility to arrange this.

Please contact our offices to arrange a visit from one of our qualified arborists to assist you in assessing your tree and preparing a report on the condition of your tree. Tree Environs does not have the authority to grant tree removal approvals, this is done by Council.

What do I do if I am building near a significant tree?

If you are planning a building project, whether it be an extension, new dwelling, new shed, commercial project or any other development activity in the vicinity of a regulated or significant tree (on your property or an adjacent property), you may be required to provide your local Council with a tree report. The tree report should outline what impacts the proposed development may have on the trees and what measures will be implemented to protect the trees during the development process.

Tree Environs qualified arborists can assist you with your building project to ensure your trees remain a valuable asset within your development. We determine what impacts the project may have on your trees and work with your building and design team to develop strategies to minimise such impacts. We follow the guidelines outlined in the Australian Standard AS 4970-2009 Protection of trees on development sites.

We aim to provide tree sensitive strategies to determine a final design solution before you lodge your application with Council. We also provide guidelines and support to protect your tree during the building stage of the project.

Please call our office to arrange a meeting with one of our qualified arborists.

How much can I prune from my tree?

It is often thought that you can prune up to 30% out of your significant tree without getting council approval. This is not entirely correct. The legislation relating to regulated and significant trees states that you can remove up to 30% of a tree under certain circumstances, including the removal of dead or diseased wood, or branches that pose a material risk to a building or people. This may need to be determined by a qualified arborist and may require Council approval.

Before having your regulated or significant tree pruned, please ensure the following:

  • The tree pruning works are carried out for valid reasons
  • The tree pruning is in the best interests of the tree
  • The tree pruning will reduce risk to the users of the site
  • The tree pruning complies with the Australian Standard AS 4373-2007 Pruning of amenity trees
  • The pruning is carried out by qualified arborists

If you are unsure how to manage your tree, please contact one of our qualified arborists for pruning advice.

How much does a tree report cost?

Each tree is unique and the environment it is growing in differs from site to site. Therefore, each tree is assessed by our qualified arborists on its own merits. There are no fixed answers or reports for all trees. Tree Environs arborists can assist you with your tree problems by visiting your site for a verbal consultation. Tree reports can then be prepared to suit your needs where required.

The cost of a report will vary on the number of trees, the issues that need reporting on, the level of information required, any liaising with architects/builders to develop design solutions and a range of other variables.

Please call our offices to discuss your tree issues and we can provide you with a more accurate cost for our work.

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