What is the Helliwell system and how much is a “point”?
The Helliwell System is one of several methods of placing a monetary value on the visual amenity provided by individual trees and/or woodland.
It has been extensively used in court cases, insurance claims and public inquiries to place visual amenity values on individual trees and to a somewhat lesser extent has been used in court to place visual amenity values on woodland.
The basic approach of the Helliwell system is to allocate scores under a number of different factors such as tree size, life expectancy, suitability to setting etc. These scores are then combined to give an overall comparative score for a tree or woodland. As a further step, it is then possible to attach a value to this score by use of a monetary conversion factor.