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Re: occupiers liability

Subject: Re: occupiers liability
From: Luke Steer
Date: Nov 24 2008 09:46:51
Hi Paul,
You could try carrying out a QTRA assessment to give yourself an idea about 
the actural risks rather than the percieved ones.  If your not a licenced 
user you could carry out an initial assessment using the guidence in Mikes 
article in the ISA Journal.  I understand that the method has evolved since 
then so it won't give you a definitive answer but it will give you an idea of 
whether or not you need to do something or employ someone to give you that 
definitive answer.  If you do a lot of this type of work you could always 
consider going on one of Mike's courses and becoming a licenced user.

Regards

Luke Steer  BSc.(Hons), Dip.Arb.(RFS), F.Arbor.A. MICFor.
Chartered Arboriculturist

Treescapes Consultancy Ltd.
Melbourne
17 Millans Park
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 9AG

Tel/Fax: 01539X XXXXX
Mobile: 07734 XXXXXX  

-----Original Message-----
From: paul hughes [mailto:paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.co.uk] 
Sent: Sat, 22 November 2008 13:50
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: occupiers liability

My client has a woodland with mature trees that are in decline with
ganoderma , HF etc present.
Several people enter the wood uninvited to exercise their dogs bowels
(and legs) but there are clear warnings about trespass in place.
As the estate is an old peoples home with charitable status (including
the woodland) there is little money in the pot for the felling
'necessary'.  I would like to be able to leave those trees deeper into
the wood to a more natural decline dealing with the iffy ones by the
drive and nearby bridle way.
Is a sign about trespass and stating the condition of the trees with a
disclaimer enough to enable us to leave the deeper wood to its own
devices? Or are we still culpable if a trespasser gets squashed?

thanks
Paul


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