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BS5837 Tree Surveying and Categorisation - ONLINE




Jim Mullholland

6 hours

Places Available

2 days (09.00 - 13.00) 

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.

This course entitles you to CEU's see this link 

Course Content:

This course, split over two half-day sessions, will provide delegates with the information necessary to undertake a tree survey and categorise trees in accordance with BS5837.

Course contents
- BS5837:2012 – An overview
- The tree survey
- Data recording exercise
- Tree categorisation
- Technology for data capture and presentation
At the end of the first half-day session, delegates will be set a homework task. When booking, delegates should ensure that they allow sufficient time to undertake this work (approx. 1hr) before the next session; sessions are typically spaced one week apart. Delegates will be required to share and discuss the findings obtained during the homework task.

Equipment required
British Standard
It is advised that anyone undertaking BS5837 surveys has access to a copy of BS5837:2012.

Copies can be bought here:

Tree surveying equipment:

- Camera
- Diameter tape
- Electronic laser distance measurer or measuring tape/wheel
- Height measuring device (Hypsometer, clinometer, etc.)

Course Materials provided:
Survey guidance document
Proforma survey document

Via Zoom – Please ensure that you have either downloaded the Zoom App, or have an account, and that the audio and camera are in working order. See Zoom Tips
Session 1 - 19 September 2022: 09.00 – 13.00
Session 2 - 26 September 2022: 09.00 – 13.00

Arboricultural Association attendance certificate

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