OUTCO offers comprehensive tree surveys which include a detailed health and condition assessment and a risk assessment. Clients receive a detailed report, highlighting any risks from falling trees or branches and providing recommendations for tree management. An OUTCO tree survey is an important landscape survey that is performed every three years on your trees and identifies diseases that trees may have which make them dangerous. Tree surveys will identify, for example, Ash dieback, Acute oak decline and other problems such as Asian longhorn beetles and Birch borer beetles. An OUTCO tree survey also ensures that your trees grow in the right shape and direction, and that branches are always monitored to be cleared to 2.4m over paths, 5m over roads, 1m from all street lighting, traffic signs, traffic lights, street name plates and 2m from windows or adjacent premises.
Grounds Maintenance Services
OUTCO grass services offer a guaranteed way to keep your grass looking smart, tidy and professional throughout the growing season
OUTCO’s hedge cutting services ensure your hedges are well-maintained and looking great, and also prevent spreading and overgrowth into walkways, ensuring safe, unobstructed passage for pedestrians
OUTCO’s litter picking service includes the removal of all litter and waste from commercial properties, as well as the disposal of all waste in accordance with government legislation
Our expert pruning teams will keep your shrubs, bushes and lawns shaped, edged and well maintained, improving their appearance
OUTCO provides sweeping and blowing services to keep your facility clean. We help you prevent the accumulation of dirt and debris, and keep your sites clean and safe
OUTCO’s tree works teams provide a full range of tree maintenance operations including felling, crown lifting, pollarding, canopy reductions, aerial dismantling, stump grinding and surveys for diseases such as ash dieback
Strimming is an effective way to maintain grass in hard-to-reach grass areas, around tree bases, obstacles or grass banks. After grass cutting, strimming helps to keep edges looking neat and tidy and can also be effective in maintaining large grass brush areas
OUTCO believes in the importance of creating a well-maintained environment. OUTCO uses selective chemical herbicide weed spraying to target specific weed types, or non-specific herbicides for broader control when required
Invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hog Weed, Himalayan Balsam (to name but a few), and other non-native plants pose a significant threat to the UK landscape and its biodiversity and can cause serious damage or harm to people and infrastructure
Leaf clearance takes place during the autumn season and includes the clearance, collection and removal of leaf debris from lawns, walkways and car parks. Regular leaf clearance helps to preserve lawns and shrubs from damage caused by excessive leaf coverage and promotes a healthy landscape
OUTCO offers a regular, scheduled bin emptying service that helps to maintain a healthy, clean site and avoids the attraction of pests and vermin. Our hassle-free service empties bins of all sizes and can remove all waste from site
Managing the moss on your site is an ongoing process, especially in areas prone to growth, and is therefore important to keep up with regular moss removal and preventative measures
OUTCO’s landscape installation services create aesthetically pleasing workspaces, through well-maintained buildings and attractively landscaped grounds – vital in creating a positive first impressions by visitors
What is a tree survey?
A tree survey is a detailed inspection of trees on a facility to assess their health, condition, and risk. The survey is typically conducted by a qualified arborist, who will look for signs of disease, decay, or other problems. The arborist will also assess the location of the trees and their proximity to buildings, roads, and other structures.
Why do I need a tree survey?
There are a number of reasons why you might need a tree survey. For example, you may need a survey if you are planning to develop your facility, or if you are concerned about the safety of your trees. A tree survey can also help you to determine which trees need to be removed or pruned, and it can help you to comply with local regulations.
What does a tree survey involve?
An OUTCO tree survey typically involves the following steps:
- OUTCO will inspect all of the trees on your facility.
- OUTCO will assess the health and condition of each tree.
- OUTCO will determine the risk posed by each tree.
- OUTCO will make recommendations for tree removal, pruning, or other management in a report sent back to you.
How long does a tree survey take?
The length of time a tree survey takes will vary depending on the size of your facility and the number of trees that need to be inspected. However, most tree surveys take between 4 and 8 hours to complete.
What are the benefits of having a tree survey?
There are many benefits to having a tree survey, including:
- Peace of mind knowing that your trees are safe.
- Protection from facility damage and personal injury.
- Compliance with local regulations.
- Increased facility value.
- A healthier and more beautiful landscape.
The goal of an OUTCO tree survey is to provide useful information so that facility managers can make informed decisions, such as trees that pose a health and safety risk. A tree survey must usually conform with the British Standard BS5837 and determines which trees should be retained, and which trees should be removed.
In some regions, tree surveys are mandatory. This is to prevent a protected tree with a TPO from being cut down accidentally (based on the Wildlife and Countryside Act). The information retrieved from a tree survey also has commercial validity. For instance, your grounds manager may decide to keep some trees so as to increase the overall value of the property. Those that cannot be removed by law, can be incorporated into the design so that they appear part of the overall landscape. In addition, a tree survey can also point out health and safety hazards. For example, an OUTCO tree survey will identify trees or branches that may be at imminent risk of falling (especially when there is a strong wind or foul weather) due to fungal decay. In this case, it is better to have the tree removed. Only after a tree survey should actual work start on the trees in the grounds of your premises.
Why Tree Surveys Matter
Trees are not just beautiful natural assets; they can significantly impact your facility. Facility and facility managers understand the importance of tree surveys to gain a clear understanding of tree health, potential risks, and compliance with regulations. Large estates and councils often order tree surveys on a three-year cycle to assess tree health, amenity value, probability of failure, and the level of risk they pose to people and facility.
Mandatory Compliance and Proactive Planning
In many facility and facility-related estates, tree surveys have become mandatory to protect and preserve valuable trees. Compliance with regulations, such as the Wildlife and Countryside Act, prevents the accidental removal of protected trees. Tree surveys are particularly crucial when planning construction projects, outbuildings, or additional facilities near existing trees. By conducting a thorough tree survey, you ensure the safety and well-being of your trees while adhering to legal requirements.
Facility Value of Tree Surveys
A well-executed tree survey offers valuable insights for facility managers, supporting effective planning and project management processes. The data collected provides precise information for investment decisions and optimal design of new offices or parking areas. Grounds maintenance contractors can leverage tree survey results to enhance asset value by identifying trees to be retained or added strategically. Comprehending the legal limitations on tree removal aids in landscape planning, ensuring proper integration of trees within the overall design. Regular tree surveys, ideally on a three-year cycle, are crucial to ensure the continued health and safety of your trees. With the increasing prevalence of fungus-borne diseases like ash dieback, an OUTCO tree survey becomes even more vital. Our surveys identify if your trees are growing properly, following the right shape and direction. We can then clear them to appropriate heights – 2.4m over paths, 5m over roads, 1m from street lighting and signs, and 2m from windows or adjacent premises.
Comprehensive Tree Services Beyond Surveys
OUTCO offers more than just tree surveys. Our experienced tree surgeons are equipped to perform major tree pruning operations, including the removal of low branches and epicormic growth. We address specific challenges such as ash dieback, providing surveying, advice, monitoring, and proactive solutions to combat this devastating disease. Additionally, our ecology surveys assess your site’s environmental impact and help you navigate any ecological considerations during development.
Following a site survey by our experts, OUTCO was appointed by leading supermarket giant ASDA to complete tree bedding repairs to the block paved car park and damaged kerbing around each tree pits at their superstore in Kingshill.
Key client IKEA has been working with OUTCO for 6 years working under a performance-based contract. We deliver a full scope winter service to 29 sites – 2 offices, 3 logistics centres and 24 retail sites across the UK and Ireland. Daily pre-service and post-service reports are emailed to IKEA representatives
NHS Property Services Ltd Birmingham has employed the services of OUTCO since 2015. OUTCO was initially recommended by another NHS body. The contract was put out to tender and OUTCO won on service and cost differentiators. One of the principal aims of NHS Property Services Ltd Birmingham is to maintain a constant high level of support for hospitals, clinics and hospices. They need to supply 24/7 coverage, in all areas of their services, which includes keeping the roads, paths and car parks free of snow and ice in the winter months. This is essential as the NHS has a statutory obligation to keep staff, patients and visitors as safe as possible.
As the leaves begin to fall, businesses of every size are faced with the annual challenge of leaf accumulation on their premises. Those red, brown and yellow tones of Autumn may look stunning and evoke dreamy thoughts of stirring family walks and mulled wine, but for business, falling leaves clog drains, leading to water damage and flooding, and accumulate on paths, car parks, and other areas, posing a slip and fall hazard. Fallen leaves also attract pests and block gutters
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The UK is no stranger to the extreme of winter weather. Throughout its history, the country has faced several extreme winter snow years, each leaving an indelible mark on infrastructure and the lives of our citizens.
With over two decades of expertise in winter gritting, OUTCO’s operational team has more experience than any other winter services provider in the UK