To show the tree was in this condition, you must provide us with:
- a record of the tree's condition, including photographs detailing the issue
- the high and imminent level of risk the tree presented
- a statement verifying how current or future works were the minimum actions necessary to manage the risk.
You'll also need to provide a report from a qualified arborist with a minimum level 3 in arboriculture (AQF) before the works start, or immediately after for removal or pruning outside business hours.
When immediate action is required
The qualified arborist is responsible for identifying if the tree is a high and imminent risk to human life or substantial property. The arborist will identify if action is required within 48 hours.
Risks that are imminently dangerous may include:
- obvious instability of the root system
- evidence of soil heave or cracking
- loss of structural roots or root decay
- storm damage
- structural defects, such as splitting branches.
If we're not satisfied the tree was dead, is dying or poses an imminent risk to human life or substantial property, we may issue fines or pursue legal action.