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Arboricultural Method Statement

Revision - Preliminary

Site –

63 Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5HP

Client –

Mr Imran Umrani

Contact – Mr Imran Umrani, 59 Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex 07956 360331

To be read in conjunction with – Tree Constraint Plan Drawing No. IU/MR01 Tree Protection Plan Drawing No. IU/MR/03 BS5937:2005 Tree Report, 63 Manor Rd, Rev A

Prepared by J M Moore B.Sc (hort) Tech Cert (Arbor A) M.Arbor.A J M MOORE
Prepared by J M Moore B.Sc (hort) Tech Cert (Arbor A) M.Arbor.A
J M MOORE
Hope Cottage
40 Scotts Hill
Southminster
Essex
CM0 7BG
Tel - 01621 772586
Mob - 07912 617939
Email - judith.moore@moorepartners.plus.com

Contents

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1 – Statement of Purpose

2- Arboricultural Impact Assessment

3 – Sequence of events

4 – Communication and Supervision

5 – Works to existing trees

6 – Protective Fencing

7 – Additional Ground Protection for access

8 – Storage

9 - Demolition

10 – Ground levels

11 – Pile and beams construction

12 – Services and Rain Water Harvester

13 – Removal of existing drive

14 – Construction of new drive

15 – Front boundary

16 – Soft landscaping

17 – General site care

Appendix 1 – Protective fence detail Appendix 2 – Ground protection

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1 Statement of Purpose

1.1 This Method Statement has been written for Mr Umrani, to satisfy the requirements of the Local Planning Authority (LPA). They have requested an arboricultural method statement, for consideration in the discharge of conditions of the planning approval.

1.2 The purpose of the method statement is to minimise the impact of the development and provide an adequate level of protection for the existing trees.

2 Arboricultural Impact Assessment

2.1

Details of all trees can be found in appendix 1 of BS5837:2005 Trees in relation to construction report for 63 Manor Rd Rev A

2.2

The location of all the trees are shown on drawing number IU/MR/01 Tree constraints plan. The Root Protection area of all trees to be retained is also shown.

Tree

 

RPA

Radi

Tree implications

Mitigation to consider

no.

m/sq

of

assessment

&

RPA

class.

(M)

T1

Oak

127

6.36

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Quercus robur

B

T2

Oak

136

6.6

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Quercus robur

B

T3

Oak

240

8.76

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Quercus robur

B

T4

Oak

132

6.5

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Quercus robur

B

T5

Oak

234

8.6

Crown Access to the site will be along

Crown Raise the crown on the south side by 2.5-3m to 5m above ground level, to avoid accidental damage to crown.

Roots Drive way to be constructed as detailed in the Arboricultural method statement (AMS)

Quercus robur

B

the existing drive, below the crown spread of T5

Roots The existing drive, within the crown spread, will be replaced

T6

Cherry

   

Fell due to condition

 

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R

Prunus spp

       

T7

Cuppressus

489

12.48

Roots The existing drive within the crown spread will be replaced and an area of new drive constructed.

Roots Drive way to be constructed as detailed in the Arboricultural method statement (AMS)

macrocarpa

B

T8

Cypresses

   

Fell due to condition

 

Cuppressus

R

macrocarpa

T9

Goat willow

8.2

1.6

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Salix caprea

C

T10

Cypresses

14.6

2.16

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Cuppressus

C

macrocarpa

T11

Cypresses

65

4.5

Roots

Roots Drive way to be constructed as detailed in the Arboricultural method statement (AMS)

Cuppressus

C

macrocarpa

An area of new drive will be constructed within the RPA

T12

Oak

   

Fell due to condition

Plant a replacement tree

Quercus robur

R

T13

Cypresses

   

Fell due to condition

 

Cuppressus

R

macrocarpa

T14

Oak

215

8.3

Crown The existing building will need to be demolished on the periphery of the Crown spread The new build is outside the crown spread

Roots The existing building will need to be demolished within the RPA The new build will be within the RPA

 

Quercus robur

B-C

Roots Demolition should be in line with the AMS The new building should be constructed with a piled foundation, to avoid the requirement for trench footings within the RPA.

T15

Oak

152

6.9

Crown Access to the site will be along

Crown Raise the crown on the

Quercus robur

B

the existing drive, below the crown spread of T5

Roots The existing drive within the crown spread will be replaced

south side by 2.5-3m to 5m above ground level, to avoid accidental damage to crown.

Roots Drive way to be constructed as detailed in the Arboricultural method statement (AMS) Remove the section of drive to the within the northern sector of the RPA.

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T16

Purple leaved plum Prunus pissardii

41.8

3.65

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

C

T17

Hornbeam

91.6

5.4

The proposed house is outside the RPA.

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development Additional ground protection will be required, for access to the side elevation of the house during construction.

Carpinus betulus

B-C

 

T18

Oak

113

6

The proposed house is

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development Additional ground protection will be required, for access to the side elevation of the house during construction. Change the length of garden wall shown on the drawing to fence, to negate the need to excavate a trench footing through the root area.

B

Quercus robur

peripheral but outside the RPA.

T19

Pear

   

Fell to facilitate the development

 

Pyrus comunis

T20

Pear

   

Fell to facilitate the development

 

Pyrus comunis

T21

Apple

84

5.2

Fell to facilitate the development

 

Malus domestica

C

 

T22

Hornbeam

104

5.76

Roots The existing building will need to be demolished within the RPA The new build will be within the RPA There is the potential for the loss of approximately 9 m sq or 9% of the RPA.

Roots Demolition should be in line with the AMS The new building should be constructed with a piled foundation, to avoid the requirement for trench footings within the RPA. Additional ground protection will be required, for access to the side elevation of the house during construction, to reduce the area of RPA that could be lost.

B

G1

3x hornbeam

9

1.6

Crown The crown of the trees will be close to the proposed swimming pool room

Crown Reduce back the crown on the south west side by 2m, to reduce the potential for accidental damage. The trees are young and would be expected to recover

carpinus betulus

C

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from any punning.

T23

Apple

   

Fell due to condition

 

Malus domestica

R

T24

Hornbeam

91

5.4

Roots The new build will be within the RPA There is the potential for the loss of approximately 5 m sq or 5% of the RPA.

Roots The new building should be constructed with a piled foundation to avoid the requirement fro trench footings within the RPA. Additional ground protection will be required, for access to the side elevation of the house during construction, to reduce the area of RPA that could be lost.

Carpinus betulus

B

T25

Apple

   

Fell due to condition

 

Malus domestica

R

T26

Apple

   

Fell due to condition

 

Malus domestica

R

T27

Apple

24

2.76

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Malus domestica

C

T28

Cherry plum

60

4.4

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Prunus cerasifera

C

T29

Apple

   

Fell due to condition

 

Malus domestica

R

T30

Oak

140

6.7

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Quercus robur

B

T31

Oak

165

7.3

The swimming pool will be in the RPA and result in the loss of around 20% of the root area

Fell, to facilitate the development. Plant replacement semi mature tree of same species.

Quercus robur

B

T32

Oak

160

7.14

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Quercus robur

B

T33

Hornbeam

117

6.12

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Carpinus betulus

B

T34

Oak

196

7.9

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be

Quercus robur

B-C

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affected by the development

T35

Oak

179

7.56

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Quercus robur

B

T36

Cypresses

32

3.18

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Cuppressus

B

macrocarpa

T37

Cypresses

91

5.4

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Cuppressus

B

macrocarpa

T38

Cypresses

171

7.4

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Cuppressus

171

macrocarpa

T39

Oak

   

Fell due to condition

Plant a replacement tree

Quercus robur

R

T40

Hornbeam

109

5.9

The development works are outside the RPA (root protection area) and crown spread

If the tree is protected in line with BS5837:2005, section 9, it should not be affected by the development

Carpinus betulus

B

3 Sequence of Events

3.1 Pre- commencement site Meeting

3.2 Tree Works and tree removal

3.3 Erect permanent tree protection fencing

3.4 Installation of additional ground protection

3.5 Demolition

3.6 Construction of the building

3.7 Installation of services

3.8 Hard landscaping works

3.9 Removal of protective fencing around all other trees

3.10 Soft landscape works

4 Communication and Supervision

4.1 Prior to commencement of works, a site meeting between all relevant parties should take place, to clarify responsibilities and particular site issues. This meeting should include, but is not limited to, arboricultural consultant, site manager, tree surgeon, engineer and if applicable the Councils Arboricultural Officer.

4.2 If changes should arise the site manager will inform the arboricultural consultant who will assess the situation and make the appropriate recommendations. The consultant will liaise with

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and advise the LPA if changes to the method statement are required.

4.3 A copy of the method statement will be retained on site and the site manager will be responsible for ensuring operatives adhere to the methodologies.

5 Removal and works to existing trees

5.1 Trees to be removed. Due to condition – T6, T8, T13, T12, T23, T25, T26 and T36 To facilitate the development – T19, T20, T21 and T31 Trees are to be felled inline with BS3998 and roots are to be removed using a stump grinder, if they need to be removed.

5.2 Works to existing trees T5 – Oak Raise the crown on the western side, over the driveway, to a height of 4m. This will allow access for construction vehicles. All the branches are to be cut back to appropriate pruning points. T15 – Oak Raise the crown on the western side, over the driveway, to a height of 4m. This will allow access for construction vehicles. All the branches are to be cut back to appropriate pruning points T18 – Oak Reduce back secondary growth on the south western side of the crown by 1.5m. This should provide adequate clearance for the scaffold, and reduce the potential for accidental damage to the crown during the construction process. T22 – Hornbeam Reduce back secondary growth on the south western side of the crown by 1.5m. This should provide adequate clearance for the scaffold, and reduce the potential for accidental damage to the crown during the construction process.

Any pruning works required will be carried out by a competent arborist, in line with BS3998:1989

6 Protective Fencing

6.1 All trees to be retained will be protected by a total exclusion zone, the boundaries of which will be defined by protective fencing. This is to be carried out prior to the developer commencing on site

6.2 The fencing is to be set out in line with drawing number IU/MR/03, tree protection plan.

6.3 The fencing is to be of 1.8m steel mesh, wired to a framework of steel scaffold poles as detailed in BS5837:2005 section 9.3 figure 3. (See appendix 1)

6.4 Once erected, the fencing will have all weather notices attached to the barrier worded “Construction Exclusion Zone –Keep out”

6.5 There is to be no access within the protected area, with the

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6.6 The fencing will not be removed until all construction of buildings and hard surfaces are complete

7 Additional ground protection

see also drawing number LSI/HG/02

7.1 The area between the eastern wall of the proposed house and trees, number T17, T18, T22, G1 and T24, will require additional ground protection, for the area that lies within the RPA of these trees. For pedestrian access this should be protected with geo- textile, laid over the existing soil level. Over this should be laid abutting scaffold boards, to reduce potential ground compaction from pedestrian access, in line with BS5837:2005 section 9 figure 3. Scaffold will be required to be erected over this area, adjacent to the outside of the tree protection fencing.

7.2 However, this will also be a main access to the rear of the building during the construction process and, if wheeled or tracked vehicle access is required, the ground protection will need to be designed by an engineer, to take into consideration the potential loading of the area.

7.3 An area, between the flank wall of the western wing of the house and the protective fence around T14, will require additional ground protection, as above, within the RPA of T14.

8 Storage of Materials

8.1 There will be adequate room for the storage of material, both to the front and rear of the property, without encroaching into the Root Protection Areas

9 Demolition

9.1 The buildings will be demolished, where possible, into the existing foot print of the buildings. Particular care will need to be implemented when demolishing the main building, adjacent to T14, where the building is close to the periphery of the crown of the tree. Netting should be fixed to the outside of the scaffold section, running through the crown spread of T14, to minimise the potential for damage to the trunk from debris.

9.2 The western section of the building, within the RPA of T14, will be demolished to a depth of 250mm below existing ground level. The area above this, out side the foot print of the new building, will be made up with good quality topsoil, to provide a satisfactory rooting environment for T14.

10 Ground levels

10.1 For the majority of the root protection areas, ground levels will not be changed. The exception is the area within the RPA of trees T5, T7 and T15, where the new driveway will be constructed. See section 14 and 15 of this document.

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11 Pile and beam construction.

11.1 The foundations for the eastern wall of the extension, are to be a pile and beam construction as detailed by the structural engineer. This will negate the need for a trench footing within the RPA of T14.

11.2 The foot print of the new house is outside the crown spread of all the retained trees.

11.3 The pile machine will be the smallest practicable machine, to access the site under the crowns of T5 and T15. It should be a tracked vehicle, to reduce ground pressure, and is not to encroach within the protected RPA area.

11.4 Pile and beam will negate the need to excavate deep trench footings at this close proximity to tree T14. The maximum excavation will be 300mm for the ground beam.

12 Service Trenches and Rain Water Harvester

12.1 A rain water harvester will be installed, out side the RPA of any tree. However, if any of the access pipes encroach into the RPA of a tree, the excavation must comply with the following.

12.2 The exact service runs are not known at the time of this statement. Again, if there is the need for access into any existing service runs that are within the RPA of any tree, it must comply with the following.

12.3 The drain will be carefully excavated by hand. Any roots over 50mm, which can practically be retained and dug under, will be retained and protected by wrapping in damp Hessian. Any roots over 25mm in diameter, which can not be preserved, will be pruned cleanly with a sharp saw or seceteurs by a suitably qualified person. Exposed roots will be covered with damp Hessian and sharp sand.

12.4 The drains will be plastic pipe work, with the minimum possible number of connections within the RPA. The trench will be lined with a root barrier, to reduce the potential for root encroachment into the drains. This will be a proprietary flexible barrier, such as the Terram root guard or Greenleaf Reroot materials, or similar, installed inline with the manufacturer’s specification.

13 Removal of existing driveway

13.1 The existing driveway is higher than the surrounding soft landscape areas. Removal of the existing drive way hard surfacing, within the RPA of T5, T7, T14 and T15, will be carried out using hand tools only.

13.2 Excavations will extend no deeper than the existing depth of sub base. A hand held pneumatic breaker will be used to break up the surface. All spoil will be removed from the area in wheel barrows along scaffold boards, to avoid unnecessary ground compaction.

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13.3 Any roots over 25mm in diameter will be pruned cleanly with a sharp saw or secutuers by a suitable, qualified person. Exposed roots will be covered with damp Hessian and sharp sand, until the new base is laid.

14 Construction of new Driveway

14.1 The new drive way will encroach into the RPA of T5, T15, T7 and T14. It will be a no dig construction, with a porous surface treatment.

14.2 For the areas that are existing grass, existing ground vegetation will be killed using a translocated, glyphosate based herbicide. The dead vegetation will be removed by hand.

14.3 The drive will be laid on a geo-grid base, backfilled with MOT type 1, with no fines or similar. This should not be tipped on to the grid but spread from one end, by hand. The surface treatment should be a porous tarmac or block paving, designed by an engineer to meet loading requirements.

14.4 All edging for these areas should be tanilised timber edging, secured with wooden stakes, as concrete kerb edgings would require damaging excavations into the root area.

15 Front boundary

15.1 The front boundary is to be railings, supported on brick piers. The footings for the piers will be dug within the RPA of the trees, along the front boundary with Manor Road.

15.2 The footings for the piers will be hand dug, to minimise the damage to the root area.

16 Proposed Landscape Works

16.1 Cultivation under the crown spread of protected trees is to be carried out by hand only, and care paid not to damage existing roots. No mechanical cultivation is to be permitted within the root protection areas.

16.2 There is to be no change in soil levels within the RPA of the retained trees.

16.3 New 18-20cm extra heavy standard oak trees (quercus robur) will be planted as replacements for T14, T31 and T36. They will be planted in the locations shown on landscape drawing number

IU/MR/02.

17 General Site Care

17.1 Site offices will not be located within 3m of the protective fencing

17.2 No materials will be stored within 2m of the protective fencing

17.3 No transferring of fuels will be permitted within 5m of the protective fencing.

17.4 No fires are permitted within 2m of the protective fencing.

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Appendix 1 – Tree protection fencing
Judith Moore
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Appendix 2 – Ground protection for pedestrian access
Judith Moore
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