BS 5837:2005 - Trees in relation to construction. Recommendations – BSI British Standards

BS 5837:2005

Trees in relation to construction. Recommendations

Status : Revised, Superseded, Withdrawn   Published : September 2005 Replaced By : BS 5837:2012

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Trees in relation to construction.  Recommendations

Executive summary

Recommendations for the protection of trees during construction work.


BS 5837:2005 gives recommendations and guidance on the principles to be applied to achieve a satisfactory juxtaposition of trees, including shrubs, hedges and hedgerows, with structures. It follows, in sequence, the stages of planning and implementing the provisions which are essential to allow development to be integrated with trees. This Standard recognizes that there can be problems of development close to existing trees which are to be retained, and of planting trees close to existing structures.

BS 5837 sets out to assist those concerned with trees in relation to construction to form balanced judgements. It does not set out to put arguments for or against development, or for the removal or retention of trees. Where development, including demolition, is to occur, the standard provides guidance on how to decide which trees are appropriate for retention, on the means of protecting these trees during development, including demolition and construction work, and on the means of incorporating trees into the developed landscape.

BS 5837 provides recommendations and guidance for arboriculturists, architects, builders, engineers, land managers, landscape architects and contractors, planners, statutory undertakers, surveyors, and all others interested in harmony between trees and construction.

History and related standards

BS 5837:2005 supersedes BS 5837:1991 which is withdrawn.

Standard NumberBS 5837:2005
TitleTrees in relation to construction. Recommendations
StatusRevised, Superseded, Withdrawn
Publication Date21 September 2005
Withdrawn Date30 April 2012
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS 3998:1989, BS 4428:1989, BS EN ISO 11091:1999, PAS 100:2005, Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Forestry Act 1967, Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Conservation (Natural Habitats etc.) Regulations 1994, Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, Hedgerows Regulations 1997, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM), 1994, Environment Act 1994, NHBC Standards. Chapter 4.2:1999, BS 8206-2:1992
Replaced ByBS 5837:2012
ReplacesBS 5837:1991
Amended ByAMD 15988
AMD 15988 is a Corrigendum.
Draft Superseded By04/30089945 DC
DescriptorsTrees (plants), Landscaping, Physical planning, Building sites, Buildings, Foundations, Construction works, Legislation, Surveys, Damage, Planning, Fences, Planting, Tree surgery, Arboriculture
Title in GermanBaumbestand und Gebaeude
ISBN0 580 46418 0
File Size845.4 KB

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