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Case Study No.2 Tree pruning in a Conservation area

Managing Tree Overhang in a Conservation Area: A Case Study for Shepherd Neame

Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewery, is committed to preserving the historic charm of its properties while ensuring the safety of its patrons and neighbours. In this case study, we delve into Shepherd Neame’s approach to managing a sweet chestnut tree overhang in the car park of one of its pubs, located within a conservation area. The project required careful planning and adherence to regulations to maintain the integrity of the tree and comply with local conservation guidelines.

The sweet chestnut tree, a prominent feature in the car park of one of Shepherd Neame’s pubs, had been causing concerns due to its overhanging branches, potentially posing a risk to nearby structures and obstructing light. Recognising the importance of addressing these issues, Shepherd Neame sought professional arboricultural advice to develop a comprehensive management plan.

Client’s Objectives:
1. Ensure the safety of patrons, neighbouring properties, and structures.
2. Preserve the health and integrity of the sweet chestnut tree.
3. Comply with local conservation regulations and obtain necessary permissions.
4. Minimise disruption to pub operations and car park accessibility.

1. The tree is located within a conservation area, requiring adherence to strict regulations governing tree management.
2. Balancing the need for pruning to address overhang while preserving the tree’s aesthetic and ecological value.
3. Coordinating with relevant authorities to obtain permits and permissions before commencing work.

1. Consultation and Assessment: Shepherd Neame engaged with qualified arborists to conduct a thorough assessment of the tree’s condition and the extent of overhang. This assessment informed the development of a tailored management plan.

2. Development of Management Plan: Based on the assessment findings, a management plan was developed, outlining specific actions to address overhanging branches, deadwood removal, and ensuring adequate clearance from nearby structures.

3. Regulatory Compliance: Recognising the tree’s location within a conservation area, Shepherd Neame proactively liaised with local authorities to obtain necessary permits and permissions for tree work. This included submitting detailed proposals and mitigations to ensure compliance with conservation regulations.

4. Implementation: Once all permissions were secured, trained arborists executed the management plan with precision, selectively pruning branches, removing deadwood, and ensuring appropriate clearance from nearby structures.

5. Monitoring and Follow-up: Following the completion of tree work, Shepherd Neame implemented a monitoring programme to assess the tree’s response to pruning and ensure its continued health and stability. Any necessary follow-up actions were promptly addressed to maintain the tree’s integrity.

By following a systematic approach and prioritising regulatory compliance, Shepherd Neame successfully managed the sweet chestnut tree overhang in its pub car park. The implemented management plan addressed safety concerns, preserved the tree’s health, and demonstrated the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship and heritage conservation.

This case study highlights the importance of careful planning, consultation, and regulatory compliance in managing trees within conservation areas. Shepherd Neame’s proactive approach not only safeguarded the safety of its patrons and neighbouring properties but also contributed to the preservation of the local environment and heritage. Through effective collaboration with arboricultural experts and regulatory authorities, Shepherd Neame demonstrated its dedication to responsible tree management and sustainability.

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