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Building near trees

National House Building Council (NHBC) Standard (SSP), Chapter 4.2

This invaluable document deals with all issues of constructing foundations near trees. It deals with zones of influence and foundation depths for various trees, heights and soils. Guidelines may be amended in consultation with building control officers.

Nursery stock Part 1: Specification for trees and shrubs, BS 3936: 1992

This document deals with conifers and woody climbing plants, suitable to be transplanted.

Includes information on root systems.

Foundations on Shrinkable Clay: Avoiding Damage Due to Trees, BREDefect Action Sheet 96

This action sheet deals with avoidance of damage to trees and the effects from foundations laid on shrinkable clay.

Transplanting Root-balled Trees, BS 4043:1989

This document recommends techniques for transplanting trees; whether prepared for transplanting or not.

Form of Agreement for Landscape Works, Joint Council for Landscape Industries (June 1996) with JCLI

Practice Note 5 (and Including Sept 96 Amendment)

This document deals with contracts for general landscaping.


'Beware of Trees' AJ 27.05.99, Tim Chapman and Mike Crilly Examination of geotechnical implications of trees.

'Trees in the Urban Landscape: Principles and Practice', AJ 9.11.96, Ivan Phillip

A useful examination of the way trees compliment urban design.

'Tree Preservation Orders: A Guide', AJ 23.02.95, Brian Waters

A practical guide to the dos and don'ts of tree protection.


Grants for Planting Trees and Looking After Woodlands,

Applicants Pack:1993, Woodland Grant Scheme

This Forestry Commission booklet has information on Forestry Authority grants (for planting trees and managing existing woodlands).

Landscape Management in the Urban Countryside, Urban Nature Conservation,12.97, E & FN Spon, Tony Kendle & Stephen Forbes

This document relates theory to practice. Includes current thinking on 'green space' and legislation.

It assists the formulation of strategic management policies that integrate urban nature conservation into a wider context of landscape management and urban planning.

Town and Country Planning in the UK 12th Edition, E & FN Spon, John Barry Cullingworth & Vincent Nadin

This explains planning policies and actions of the European Union and takes into account the implications of local government reorganisations, the 'plan-led' system and the growing interest in promoting sustainable development.

Trees for Town and Country , 4th Edition, Lund Humphries, Brenda Calvin and S R Badmin

An essential reference for all concerned with the outward appearance of town and country.

Towards an Urban Renaissance: The Report of the Urban Task Force DETR 1999

Renowned report chaired by Lord Rogers advocating closer integration for urban regeneration.

The British Winter Garden William Barron, Bradbury & Evans

Out of print. Copy held at Library and Heritage Museum, Elvaston.


Guide forTrees in Relation to Construction: BS 5837:1991

Dealing with the principles necessary to achieve a satisfactory juxtaposition of trees, including shrubs, hedges and structures. It follows, in sequence, the stages of planning and implementing the provisions, which are essential to allow developments to be integrated with trees.

Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation Order and Trees in Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1981. SI 1981/1385

The Town and Country Planning Act in Scotland for the planting of trees and forestry.

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