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BS5837 - Tree Surveying and Categorising




Richard Allen

6 hours

Places Available

1 day ( 9:00 - 16:30 approximately) 

Exc. VAT Inc. VAT

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course you will be able to:​

  •         Describe the need for a tree survey to inform design, demolition and construction proposals.
  •         Understand the minimum requirements of a survey, according to BS5837.
  •         Collect data in accordance with BS5837, using a suitable format.
  •         Assign trees to an appropriate category and a sub-category, as required by BS5837.
  •         Have an understanding of the equipment and programs in the marketplace to undertake accurate data collection and surveying.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at any person, in any industry, involved in undertaking or reviewing BS5837 reports.

Course Content:

Course content

• Introduction - BS5837 overview

• What data to collect during tree surveying, what is it used for?

• Tree data collection equipment and how it is used

• In field data recording and organisation

• Outdoor practical exercises – measurement and collection of data

• Overview of tree categorisation and subjectivity

• Workshop on categories, criteria, and sub-categories

• Outdoor practical exercises – Assessment and categorisation of trees

• Summing up and questions


Facilities/Equipment required

Boots, outdoor clothing for all weathers

• Tree surveying equipment

• Clipboard

• Diameter tape

• Measuring tape/wheel

• Height measuring device (Hypsometer, clinometer, etc.)


Course Materials provided:

• Notepad

• Pen


Arboricultural Association attendance certificate


Course will include some outdoor practical sessions (please bring suitable clothing for indoor and outdoor sessions)

Refreshments and lunch are provided

Module Pre-requisites:

Arboricultural consultants/surveyors Tree officers: any person working in Arboricultural with an understanding of BS5837 survey’s and tree identification. Other industries Architects, Landscape Architects, developers, planning authorities.

Terms of Cancellation or Amendments to details

  • We reserve the right to cancel courses and refund applicants if there is insufficient demand.
  • A FULL charge will be applied to any booking cancelled less than 10 working days before the event.
  • A £30 administration charge may be applied to changes made to bookings that have been received and acknowledged.

For all course bookings outside the UK and Europe, please email training@trees.org.uk