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As we celebrate National Tree Week we highlight the importance of planning where to plant near your home

30.11.20

All you garden lovers you will probably already know this is National Tree Week. This is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season and this year it is from 28th November to 6th December. This celebration has been ongoing since 1975, following the devastation of Dutch Elm Disease outbreak of the same year.

Trees are a beautiful feature to our homes and surrounding gardens. However, it is important to understand the importance of maintaining trees, not only for the environment but particularly for homeowners who have trees on their properties that maybe close to the home.


When planting trees certain measure and regulations should be taken into consideration to try to avoid future issues with potential structural damage or subsidence as a result of tree roots invading the property structure.


The ABI (Association of British Insurers) has provided a safe planting guide suggesting the recommended distance a tree should be planted from a building. Saying that, it is vital we stress, every single tree in every single location is different, so the below information is purely a guide and if you have any concerns or questions we would advise you to speak to a qualified arborist. These professionals will be able to advise you where it is ‘safe’ for planting on your property and how to maintain your trees.

 

Species

Normal Mature Height (M)

Safe Distance (M)

Apple / Pear

12

10

Ash

23

21

Beech

20

15

Birch

14

10

Cypress

25

20

Cherry

17

11

Damson

12

11

Elm

25

30

Hawthorn

10

12

Holly

14

6

Horse Chestnut

20

23

Laburnum

12

9

Laurel

8

6

Magnolia

9

5

Maple

21

20

Oak

24

30

Pine

29

8

Plane

30

22

Plum

12

11

Poplar

28

35

Sycamore

24

17

Spruce

18

7

Walnut

18

14

White Beam / Rowan

12

11

Willow

24

40

Yew

12

5