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RE: Plotting groups

Subject: RE: Plotting groups
From: Chris Hastie
Date: Dec 15 2008 14:34:27
Reply interwoven with original for context.
On 15 December 2008 12:53, wrote:

Thanks again for your comments,

My question revolves around a methodology that a local
authority has devised.  They wish to plot trees as large
groups, and to plot individual trees "only in exception."
This is driven by cost savings and a wish for a limited
number of data entries within their database.


My thought would be that if you are acting to brief, then any negligence
would not be yours. And if the policy is well thought through and
documented there may well be none at all.

I would not, personally, go for 'group' surveying across the board
without assessing the levels of occupation. For most LA owned trees I
believe the approach is probably adequate, but some, eg older trees
along busy highways, more detailed assessment may be appropriate. That
said, if what you are describing is a question of recording that street
A was inspected, and then recording individual information on trees in
street A only where defects requiring action are noted, this is probably
sensible and proportionate recording. Your question seems to relate only
to the level of recording, not to the level of inspection.

Chris Hastie
Strategy Officer (Arboriculture)
Warwick District Council

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