BS 5837 draft document ready for comments

BS 5837:2005 Recommendations for trees in relation to construction has been the subject of a full revision by a specialist panel reporting to the BSI’s Trees committee, which approved the recent revision of BS 3998 Recommendations for tree work.

The draft document has been prepared taking into account a number of comments and criticisms of the 2005 version following extensive use and testing in planning application and planning appeal situations.

The new draft recognizes that not all construction requires planning consent and the emphasis of the document has been altered to reflect all situations where trees might be impacted by changes brought about by construction.

Young trees are recognized as important components of canopy cover and are allocated their own quality criteria. The contribution that trees make to climate adaptation is better recognized.

Some of the sections have been reordered in order both to align the guidance to The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) work programme and to reflect the importance of new landscaping in the design process, rather than leaving it to be addressed by condition.

Technically the guidance reflects recent changes in construction methods and updates to the Building Regulations.

Arboricultural community: Have your say

The draft standard will be available through the BSi Draft Review System. The website allows interested parties from the arboricultural community to read the full draft clause by clause and leave comments and suggestions about its content which will be considered for the final British Standard.

Standards documents are circulated in order to get comments from as wide an audience as possible. The Draft for Public Comment (DPC) stage occurs during drafting in national, European and international arenas and is an important part of the standards development process.

The link to the draft standard can be found at:

Evolution of BS 5837

The first edition of the standard was published in January 1980 as a ‘code of practice’. In December 1991 the standard was published as a ‘guide’. In September 2005 it was published with an upgraded status of ‘recommendations’. In May 2011 the draft will be published for industry comment.


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