Course Detail

Western Branch Summer Seminar




Jeremy Barrell and Branch staff

5 hours

Places Available

10am - 4pm 

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Course Objectives:

In this presentation, Jeremy will report a summary of the current state of the nation in respect of highway tree inspections, and offer his interpretation of what the standard of duty of care is likely to look like in the future - having made a Freedom of Information request to all the UK highway authorities asking for information on tree failure related fatalities and injuries, tree risk management strategies, tree inspection protocols, and training programmes. It is anticipated that, when published in 2019, this data could form the basis for designing a “clear, detailed guidance” on highway tree inspections.

After lunch Jeremy will take delegates on a walk around of the Gardens of the beautiful Buckfast Abbey to have some open discussions about Tree Risk in live situations.

Course Content:

1000  Arrival with tea and coffee

1030–1115  Open forum to discuss tree risk management led by audience, so bring any questions and Jeremy will facilitate the discussions to help clarify risk issues that are causing concern.

1115–1130  Short break

1130–1230  Main presentation discussing the challenges of highway tree risk management and introducing the preliminary results of the FoI request made to all the highway authorities in the UK.  It will finish with practical examples of emerging tree hazards that Jeremy’s legal experience suggests should be added to the list of obvious conditions that inspectors are looking for.

1230–1330  Lunch

1330–1500  Walk around the grounds of the venue for a practical discussion on managing tree risk issues.

1500  Finish

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