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Tree Inspection & Maintenance of Highway Trees. Al Smith Corporate Services Manager L.B.Camden. Responsibility & Legislation. Duty of Care Highways Act 1980

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tree inspection maintenance of highway trees

Tree Inspection & Maintenance of Highway Trees

Al SmithCorporate Services ManagerL.B.Camden

responsibility legislation
Responsibility & Legislation
  • Duty of Care
  • Highways Act 1980

General responsibility to maintain the highway in a safe condition Section 154 – Issue a ‘notice’ to cut back vegetation overhanging the highway &

Remove part or all of a tree that is likely to cause danger by falling onto the highway

an audit trail for inspection maintenance monitoring
An Audit Trail For Inspection, Maintenance & Monitoring
  • Hard copy records
  • Basic IT packages- Excel spreadsheets or an Access database
  • Computerised Tree Management systems:

– Confirm Arboriculture

– Ezytreev

– ArborTrack

a management system for inspection maintenance monitoring
A Management System For Inspection, Maintenance & Monitoring
  • Determine cycle of inspection:

- Annual, Biennial, three to five years

  • Determine cycle of Maintenance:- Annual, Biennial, three to five years
  • A defendable system
appropriate qualifications experience for officers contractors
Appropriate Qualifications/Experience for Officers & Contractors
  • Highway officers – ‘LANTRA’ one day Tree Inspection course (attendees receive certificate of attendance)
  • Tree officers – National Certificate in Arboricultureto Degree level
  • Monitor the Council’s tree contractor/s -qualification/experience
private trees in falling distance of the highway
Private Trees in Falling Distance of the Highway
  • Section 154, Highways Act:Inspection of private trees that are within falling distance of the highway – systematic and auditable system
monitoring system
Monitoring System
  • Ensure a monitoring system is in place for signing off work once completed.

Sufficient resources in place for a responsible and defendable system:- Adequate number of officers- Auditable management system- Adequate budget for tree Maintenance- Suitable monitoring system

relevant organisations for information
Relevant Organisations for Information
  • The Council’s Tree officer
  • Arboricultural Association:01794 368 717
  • Arboricultural Advisory Information Service:09065 161 147
  • London Tree Officer’s Association (LTOA):0777 1976 238