If you're a homeowner, you'll want to keep your family, friends, neighbours and property safe from harm.

If you're a commercial property owner, you have a legal duty of care to staff, the public and others.

The legal and financial implications of an accident caused by an unsafe tree can be a huge issue.?

A tree condition survey identifies hazards and provides professional recommendations for eradicating these risks.


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What Is A Tree Condition Survey?


tree survey is an assessment made by an expert in arboriculture of a tree, or group of trees, for various different purposes. One of these purposes is to assess the safety of trees to protect people and property,

It's wise for homeowners and commercial property owners to obtain a tree condition survey, also known as a tree safety survey, to ensure any potential hazards can be rectified before any damage or harm is caused. Many purchase annual tree condition surveys for peace of mind.

You will receive the following details in your report:

  • Detail of each tree, including its species, size, and value to the landscape.
  • Information on each tree's health and condition.
  • Recommendations on the works required to manage the trees to eradicate and minimise risk moving forward.



Depths of Tree Condition Survey

Single Tree Report

An individual tree is surveyed and recommendations are provided on how to manage potential hazards. This is the most inexpensive, basic survey on offer.

General Survey

A general tree condition survey looks only at the trees onsite with potential issues. This survey does not include a map, just a written report detailing which trees have issues, and how to manage them moving forward.

Full Survey

A full tree condition survey is a more comprehensive version of a general survey; it includes a map plotting all of the trees on-site, regardless of their condition, to provide more of a 360 view of the site's trees.

Annual Surveys

A four-year annual survey plan is the standard offering; however, if you would like a shorter or longer plan we always work to accommodate this. Annual surveys provide peace of mind, as we can keep an eye on potential hazards.



Specialist Types of Tree Condition Survey

Decay Detection Surveys

Sometimes during a tree condition survey, it becomes evident that the internal integrity of a tree may be weakening, made clear through symptoms such as cavities, fungi, hangers and more.

A non-invasive decay detection survey is often conducted in this case, using a 'Picus Sonic Tomograph', to measure the speed at which sound is transmitted through the tree. This is also known as a resistograph inspection. Our software then interprets the data and provides us with 2D visuals of cavities and decay. This information is used to determine a management plan. 

Aerial Inspections

Some surveys can't be conducted entirely from the ground, as surveyors sometimes spot something that requires further investigation. Aerial inspections can also incorporate the check-in of tree bracing (a method to secure trees by linking branches together), investigating bat presence, and more.

If an aerial inspection will be required as part of your tree condition survey this will be discussed with you.



The Process

Never requested a tree condition survey before? Not sure how it works? It's not nice being in the dark about these things, so here's what you can expect.

Step 1 - Enquiry

You can get in touch a few ways: call us on 01980 623015, email us at, click the Facebook Messenger icon at the bottom-right of this page, or fill out the enquiry form at the bottom of this page. So many options! We do spoil you. Whichever way you choose to get in touch, our Tree Care Manager, Adam, will be there to help get the process started.

Step 2- Preparation

Next, we need all the information we can get about the site. In some cases, this might mean popping on over to visit the site prior to the survey, whilst in other cases, maps and images will do the trick. Don't worry, we'll keep you in the loop about everything we need.

Step 3 - The Survey

Now for the big moment! The surveyor will visit the site and complete the survey. This is usually completed from the ground, but sometimes an aerial inspection is required. Depending on access, you may or may not need to be present for the survey.

Step 4 - The Report

How soon you receive your tree report is dependent on factors such as the size of the survey. When you do receive the report, it will land directly in your email inbox. The wonders of technology! You will then be invoiced after receiving your report.



Tree Condition Survey FAQs

Got another query? Let's see if we can help you.


Q: Why should I choose you to do my tree condition survey?

A: We have a few answers for you here! (Not to blow our own trumpet or anything...)


You can get both the survey and any subsequent works from one, single contractor.

You shouldn't have to go through the hassle of sourcing a tree surveyor, then having to find a separate contractor to undertake the report's recommended tree works. You'll get access to a knowledgeable surveyor and a team of top-notch tree surgeons all in one place. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

Not only this, we can handle any Tree Preservation Order and conservation area applications so that you don't have to. Also, as licensed waste carriers, we always remove the waste after tree works (unless you don't want us to!).

Basically, what we're saying is that you don't have to worry about a thing - it's all in hand.


Works will never be recommended unnecessarily.

As arborists, tree conservation is high on our list of priorities. The appropriate action is always taken to eradicate potential hazards; however, where possible, we use various techniques to retain trees. With the ongoing climate crisis at the forefront of everyone's minds, we believe this is a really important factor in our work.


We don't miss a beat.

The last thing you need is something slowing the planning process down; it's vital nothing is missed during your survey to avoid this. Not only do we possess a nice handful of accreditations for your peace of mind - but we are also trusted by many big names such as Wiltshire CouncilHelp for Heroes and Serco.


Accreditations and associations we hold:

(Psst, read more about our accreditations here!)

Bawden Tree Care's accreditations


Trusted by many well-established clients:

Bawden Tree Care's Commercial Clients


Q: How much does a tree condition survey cost?

A: The cost of this type of survey varies greatly depending on many factors, including the size of the site. To obtain an accurate quote that suits your specific circumstances, please fill out the enquiry form at the bottom of the page.


Q: Am I in your catchment area for a tree condition survey?

A: We're based in Amesbury, nearby to Salisbury in Wiltshire, but we undertake tree surveys in various counties across Central-South England:











 West Sussex


Bawden Tree Care BS5837 Survey Catchment Area


Q: How accurate are your tree condition surveys?

A: The latest software from Pear Technology is loaded to hand-held GPS devices to produce digital drawings and maps that suit your individual requirements. Not only has investment in this technology increased our onsite productivity, but it also allows us to plot trees accurately and efficiently.

With years of experience and maintained training such as the Level 4 Diploma in Arboriculture and Professional Tree Inspector (PTI) course, you can rest assured that your survey will be as accurate as possible.



Get the ball rolling on your tree condition survey today


Simply fill out the enquiry form at the end of this page to enquire.

Alternatively, you can call us on 01980 623015, email us at, or click the Facebook Messenger icon in the bottom-left of your screen.

Our testimonials

"Everyone was very helpful and the final report was very clear.  A super service, thank you."


Cricklade, Swindon, Wiltshire

Service was first class from the initial advice to the completed works. The guys carrying out the work were very helpful, polite and professional.


Durrington, Wiltshire


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