(L-R) Stephen Taylor UPM Tilhil David Laker Goodwood Estates
The Goodwood Estate has contracted the services of UPM Tilhill, to carry out a comprehensive tree safety inspection.
The firm has begun work to inspect all of the Estate’s trees situated within falling distance of public areas, and to tag and record defective trees. The audit, which is expected to be completed by December 2008, will equip the Estate with information to programme remedial works prioritising the more urgent trees.
UPM Tilhill’s Lantra qualified surveyors will now map, review and record the location, adjacent site features and condition of each tree – giving targeted information and listing potential target areas for future action. Surveys are carried out using hand-held computers which utilise software to plot the exact location of trees onto a GIS map, making for efficient data capture and analysis.
“We are delighted to be carrying out this tree survey on a landscape celebrated across the world for its natural and historic beauty. Landowners are becoming increasingly aware that they have responsibilities, a duty of care, to keep users of their land and on neighbouring properties, public highways and rights of way, safe from harm,” said Dai Lewis, South East England District Manager.