While everyone is in lockdown and there are restrictions on movements in public spaces, it is a great time to complete tree safety audits when fewer people are around.
Importance of tree safety audits
A tree safety audit is a systematic assessment of your tree assets to determine the risk associated with the trees. Ultimately it is to make sure that people using your site, are safe and not at risk from falling tree branches.
Managing trees in public spaces is a key part of asset and risk management and is typically done by schools, golf courses, universities, hospitals, councils in parks and playgrounds and anywhere there are a large number of people and trees.
As a result, understanding your responsibility and demonstrating sound management of sites is important part of the managing trees effectively.
How to manage trees in public spaces
- Manage your duty of care - When people are using your site or public space, and there are trees on site, the owner has a duty of care to ensure visitors and employees are safe. This means, leaving this responsibility to an unqualified grounds person or site manager may not be an appropriate way to manage risk.
Our qualified consulting arborists have expert skills and knowledge to help you plan and manage your public spaces. And they do this through a tree safety audit to help you manage and understand any risks and the health of your trees.
- Be prepared – If something goes wrong or there is a tree related incident, demonstrating a systematic approach to tree health and risk management is key. As a result, performing regular tree safety audits will provide you with recommendations and reports to help manage risks and identify any problems with tress.
Additionally, a program of regular audits over time will help to build a recorded history of the site. It will also help to inform maintenance and spending decisions on your valuable community assets.
- Understand the value of mapping trees - It’s all about managing risk, creating a safe environment for your employees and visitors. If something does go wrong, you’ll be able to show the organisation met its health and safety obligations.
A regular program of inspections will identify a system for reinspection based on a risk rating. It will also give you control of the costs, with recommended works planned and reported on. It will provide you with a better history of the trees on your site, including when it was or will be inspected.
Consulting arborists – expert advice
Our consulting arborist is available to assess and complete the tree safety audit. All our reports are written in accordance with Australian Standards and prepared by an AQF Level 5 arborist.
Packages to suit
At Mara, we collaborate with our clients to provide expert advice. Our onsite inspections include:
- Conduct tree safety audit on a site for up to 20 trees
- Travel within the Hunter, Central Coast and MidCoast council areas is included
- Detailed written report with tree management recommendations
- Fee for tree safety audit $4,500.00 (ex GST).
Need more than one site inspected or price for fewer trees, contact Mara for a customised quote.
- Tree risk assessments
- Annual safety audits
- Arboriculture impact assessments and statements
- Compliance, monitoring and supervision
- Tree surveys and management plans
- Development applications and tree protection plans
- Nursery stock inspections to NATSPEC/AS2303
- Expert witness reports
- Protection of trees on development sites
- Urban forest strategies.
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