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|Tree Risk Assessment|
Trees are constantly growing and aging, and because their growth and deterioration is so slow, hazards and risks can easily develop unnoticed. Tree failure can result in costly damage to property and can lead to tragic human injury or even fatality.
What is tree risk assessment?
Tree risk assessment is the method employed by arborists for determining how much danger a specific tree poses to the property and humans around it. The danger posed by a tree is expressed by its risk rating, which takes three sets of data into consideration:
All of ATP’s certified arborists that perform tree risk assessments for our clients have attained tree risk assessment qualification (TRAQ), the highest global industry standard for this extremely important work.
Tree risk assessment methods
There are four primary methods for collecting the data necessary for tree risk assessments. These methods can be used in isolation or in combination with other methods depending on a particular tree’s circumstances – for trees in high-profile circumstances, all four methods may be used. These methods are
Why is tree risk assessment necessary?
In Hong Kong, tree risk assessments not only provide valuable information about the state of trees on a property, they are often required by law. Tree risk assessments are mandatory for all tree felling applications submitted to the Hong Kong Lands Department. Additionally, the Tree Management Office requires tree risk assessments for tree group inspections (Form 1) as well as old and valuable trees (OVT), stonewall trees and trees of more complex circumstances that require mitigation measures (Form 2).
ATP has extensive experience in assisting Hong Kong clients with attaining legal compliance for the trees on their properties. Contact us today to find out how we can help you ensure that your trees meet all relevant legal and regulatory requirements.