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What is the Helliwell system and how much is a “point”?

 24/11/2015    Last Modified: 16/01/2019

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 point 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 point score by use of a monetary conversion factor.

Current Helliwell point values:

From 1st January 2019

Individual Trees: £33.70

Woodlands: £134.79

To obtain a copy of the current Guidance Note on the Helliwell System (Guidance Note 4) see our Book Shop section.

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