Let’s Talk About Trees offers a professional service fully underpinned by my years of experience and training. Let’s Talk About Trees structure of fees is available through enquiry.

We offer professional, honest, unbiased advice and knowledge.

All our services are non-collusive and professional business ethics apply to all clients.

Client confidentiality is of utmost importance to Let’s Talk About Trees.


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Arboricultural Reports



  • INDIVIDUAL TREE HEALTH REPORTS – typically commisioned by private people and corporate or government businesses to manage the health of an idividual tree. Often used for a council planning purpose.
  • ASSETT MANAGEMENT, TREE HEALTH AND RISK ASSESMENT REPORTS – typically commissioned by Caravan parks, Government Organisations, School Comittees, Camp Grounds and other areas which are managed as public recreation or amenity spaces.
  • REPORTS FOR DEVELOPMENT SITES – typically commissioned by builders, drafts people, architects, property developers, contractors, engineers, organisations carrying out project or contract management. Typically commisioned for the development of a house on a building allotment (council planing requirement), subdivision, or implimentation of a project.
  • SITE ARBORIST – typically commisioned by organistations and contractors to manage tree assetts on a given site. May be a long term or short term commisioning over the life of a contract.



Reports follow the INDICATIVE STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT as set out by the best practice in AS4970-2009 Protection of Trees on Development Sites. (refer to; page 7 AS4970-2009)

This process follws a four step approach, and as your project Arborist Let’s Talk About Trees will guide you through this process. Doing so a proffesional quality out come is always achieved.

We are happy to enter your project at any stage of development, in saying this we will always pick up this format and ensure your end result complies with the highest of industry standards.

Stage 1.


This stage is when things are raw. Often there are no plans drawn for development and often site surveys are not complete.

This is the ideal stage to enguage the Site Arborist.

During this stage

  • Detailed survey plans are drawn by surveyors and architects.
  • Preliminary Tree Assesments for Genis Species Height and Spread, Health, Retention Value and Hazards and Risk are detemined for all tree assetts on the site. This determines which trees can be developed around and which trees should be removed. It looks at indicative Tree Protection Zones on trees which are identified as sound and retainable. It gives the knowledge required to make first steps to development, design and managing council restrictions.
  • It gives knowledge of where roots are in relation to suitably retainable trees and allows designers to better plan and locate buildings within the site.

Let’s Talk About Trees usually delivers this stage as a Level 3 or 4 report. Often this is the largest report required for managemennt of trees on developemnt sites.

Stage 2


The pre-construction stage is where all the required eliments that have been identified in the first stage are begun.

Trees identified for removal are removed from site. Trees identified to be retained are protected as guided by the Australian Standard.

All relivant issues in relation to tree management, and tree OH&S are identified and processes implimented to ensure correct protective measures and ifiltraction of required knowledge is included in site and project information so as all persons involved with the site are aware of the tree issues of the site.

Final specifications for tree protection are determined marked and protective eliments are implimented.

AS4373 is consulted and used as the guide for required tree pruning and removal.

At the end of this stage the site arborist issues the site with a Certification of Tree Protection. This acts as a record that that the project arborist has insopected the site and all elements as layed out and required have been undertaken.

Stage 3


During the construction stage the site arborist should be enguaged to make regular visits to the site. These visits ensure the site is being managed as planned, and that all protective peasures remain implimented throughout the project.

The site arborist may also be required to be on site to manage trees during this process especially when works are to impact tree protection zones.

Any variation to plans should also be inspected and discussed with the site arborist so as trees always remain protected.

Often authorities will request evidence of the visits of the site arborist and it is a good practice for site managers to request a summary of site visit from the site arborist.

Stage 4


This section is where the site arborist signs of the project.

Final tree protection measures have been removed and final site clean up, landscaping and presentation is finished.

At this stage the site arborist should prepare a report stating what has been undertaken on site and include and requirements of the defects and liability period.

Where tree Protection Zones have been impacted either planned or unplanned further ongoing tree health inpections may be planned and commissioned these may well be ongoing over many years.



  • Risk
  • Retention
  • Damage
  • Valuation
  • Root investigation
  • Strategic Policies

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Arboricultural Consultations

  • Advice and appearances
  • Root damage, nuisance, negligence
  • Forensic investigation
  • Tree Selection Including:
    • Species selection
    • Specifications
    • Preserve and manage
    • Site analysis
    • Stock assessments

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Arboricultural Courses

  • Arboricultural Training Courses
  • Arboriculture Seminar

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