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Lets Talk About Trees prepares arboricultural reports for all types of projects.

Our specialty is in the deliverance of VTA (Visual Tree Assesment) reports for public spaces in relation to tree OH&S, and reports for trees on development sites. These may include pre planning assesments or pre development assesments. 

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.


Many arborist’s will not give fixed prices to reports. This is sometimes due to inexperiance, lack of knowledge, not knowing what they are required to deliver or just because they are interested in making as much from a job as possible.

Let’s Talk About Trees has over come this with what has become a clear and transparent way of billing for your job based on what is on your site. Of course sometimes more than one report is required for a single job and this is also catered for.

If you email us a site plan or picture we are happy to provide a fixed quote. If we forsee a variable we will advise accordingly.

We offer our reports in six different levels, each level clearly identified. Our reports are formed and designed in the following formats;

The Letter of Identification Basic report sometimes required for council planning or just as personel interest.
The ‘LOI’ as I refer to it, it the least expensive of our reports. It is designed as a tool of professional identification of a tree or plant on your property. This is often required by local government departments in the issuing of tree removal permissions. Rather than scope a full tree report this LOI document often saves clients many hundreds of dollars.

Arboricultural Report Level 1 – Basic report often commisioned for private gardens. A level 1 report is designed to look at a single tree for the purpose of establishing its health and retention value. This is the base level of report required for tree management issues in relation to plant health, government planning and overlays. It gathers basic details such as tree Genis, Species, Height, Spread, Age, Health, Major Defects and Retention Value.                                   This is often not enough for council planning issues.

It briefly discusses on going management of the tree assett.

Arboricultural Report Level 2 – Base level report for tree health management A level 2 report is designed to look at 2 – 4 trees for the purpose of establishing their health and retention value. It covers all aspects of a level one report and is as comprehensive as a level three report. It is often required for tree management issues in relation to plant health, government planning and overlays.

This is one of  the most commonly sought reports in relation to council planning.

Arboricultural Report Level 3Standard Level of Report for a Development Site A level three report is designed to look at 4 -15 trees for the purpose of establishing their health and retention value. It often deals with Indigenous vegetation and makes reference to Acts and Standards such as AS4970 – 2009 Protection of trees on development sites.  This level of report has a fixed scope, but details each tree under VTA, and reports specifically on trees of issue or concern. This level report is often required for sub division of small areas in relation to plant health and retention, government planning, tree health and management, annual and bi annual property reports and audits for public amenities and grounds such as caravan parks, camp grounds, schools, public open spaces and property overlays.

This is the most commonly sought after report.

Arboricultural Report Level 4Standard Level of Report for a Development Site or Annual Tree Safety Audit.

A level 4 report covers all the aspects of a Level 3 report, but is for areas greater than a single building block or house allotment yet not a fully wooded allotment or site of many thousands of square meters.

It is designed for an allotment which is not considered level 5, however has a greater number of trees than is covered by a level four report.

Arboricultural Report Level 5 – Standard report for a Park, Reserve, Annual Tree Audit.

Level 5 covers all other scopes of reports.

Level 5 applies to allotments which are naturally wooded by dense vegetation, or reports which cover multiple sites concerning a single project.

Sometimes this report may follow a lower level report. It may require the services of two or more Arborist’s. It may involve aerial inspection or data gathering.

This level of report is often used to record inspection of trees in parks, Caravan Parks, and other public open spaces in order to meet duty of care. It also scopes building allotments where trees are in a natural bush setting and there are many trees of an unspecified number. Often this level report recommends remedial and maintenance programs for tree assets. This level of report may take many days or weeks to complete.  The scope for this style of report is often out lined in contract form, and more often accessed by commercial, government or legal clients.


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.



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