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Arboriculture Services

Trees can contribute greatly to the amenity and value of any site enhancing property value and biodiversity potential of developed sites. Therefore using an arboricultural consultant in the early stages of any project is essential.

CEC is a Member of the Arboricultural Association and our arboricultural consultancy services range from British Standard BS5837:2012 tree surveys and assessments, to safety, ecologically focussed and woodland management surveys, as well as assisting in the discharge of tree-related planning conditions with design and method statement input, such as technical details for permeable and no-dig paving.

Our highly experienced consultants can advise on tree protection measures and management requirements to ensure tree stock is preserved for many years to come.
Based on co-operation and innovation, our work ethos is based on working with you and your design team to design feasible and practical solutions to tree-related issues, achieving viable and distinct developments.

Our services include:

  • BS5837 tree surveys and related services
  • Tree condition and safety surveys, including amenity and landscape
  • considerations, and preparation of tree management schedules and plans
  • Forestry and woodland management surveys
  • Ecological tree surveys


CEC’s ecology team can provide input to projects such as checking trees for suitability as and presence of bat roosts, identify the importance of trees in terms of habitat value and advice on veteran trees. Our landscape architects can produce tree planting and mitigation plans, construction details for integration of tree planting in paved areas and technical details for permeable or no-dig paving in tree root protection areas.

Commissioning tree surveys, ecology surveys and landscape design with us as a one stop shop will ensure that results of these three disciplines are coordinated for maximum client benefit.

If you require any further information please call us on 01872 245510 or contact us to discuss your project and requirements.

See how we've helped other clients
Boscastle village - credit Falco Click on image below to see gallery
Client: Environment Agency

Protecting Boscastle from Flooding

Planning for the future – designing resilience

Following a devastating flood in Boscastle in 2004, The Environment Agency wanted a reliable and detailed resource to inform and support its management activities within the River Valency Valley. It commissioned CEC’s arboriculture team to undertake an extensive tree and wood debris management survey. The survey and mapping data now forms part of the Valency Flood Defence Scheme. This information will be used to help minimise the potential devastating effect of tree debris, in the event of any future flooding. (Boscastle pictured above before the flood).

Homes and businesses devastated

Boscastle, a small fishing village on the north coast of Cornwall, hit the news headlines in 2004 when it experienced a powerful flash flood. Over a month’s worth of rain fell in the space of two hours, turning roads into rivers, washing away dozens of cars and causing extensive damage to buildings. Fortunately, the rapid response by the emergency services who rescued many people by helicopter meant no lives were lost. However, the devastation caused by the flood was substantial and the village took years to recover. Homes had to be rebuilt and many businesses suffered, particularly due to the loss of income from tourism.

Assessing the vulnerable environment

It quickly became clear that the environment surrounding the village contributed to the intensity of the flood. Boscastle sits at the confluence of three rivers; the Valency, Jordan and Paradise. The river basin is made up of steep slopes and has areas of impenetrable slate causing rapid run-off. During the flood many trees were uprooted along the river banks and caused major blockages. This prevented water from flowing along the channel and draining away quickly. A thorough survey was needed to inform the management of the trees in the river basin. CEC’s tree and wood debris management survey provided the detailed assessment needed and now forms part of the village’s flood defence scheme.


“CEC are very committed to providing a quality service. The staff are experienced, knowledgeable and had an understanding of the objectives and requirements and had a very professional attitude.

Since this project, the Environment Agency have engaged the services of CEC on more Tree and Vegetation Management Surveys and I have no hesitation in recommending them.”

David Stears, Principal Engineer
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