A Health & Safety Visual Tree Assessment was undertaken of eight sites managed by Aberystwyth University including the main Penglais Campus, Botany Gardens, Llanbadarn Campus, Gogerddan Campus, Blaendolau Playing Fields, Vicarage Playing Fields, School of Art Gallery and Museum and wider farmland.
Individual tree and group assessments were carried out across the main campuses; a walk-through assessment was considered more appropriate across agricultural farmland of restricted student/public access. The trees assessed include a vast range of broadleaf and evergreen species predominantly of mixed pine, oak and birch with lesser introduced exotics.
The survey was undertaken using our computerised tree management system to record the data electronically. The exact requirements of the survey were agreed with the University and the attributes tailored to their scenario. All individual trees were visually assessed and groups/woodland areas were walked and mapped with individual trees with defects or requiring works being individually assessed and recorded systematically. For every tree assessed a priority of works was recommended from urgent within 24 hours, to no works being required. In addition to this a frequency of re-inspection was attributed to the trees from immediate due to either the presence of decay or further aerial assessment, through to very low within 5 years. The final two fields of the survey allow for budget to be correctly allocated and proactive management to occur.
The majority of sites assessed across the University identified only routine pruning works recommendations. Urgent and very high priority works were actioned by the University whilst the survey was ongoing.
Following the assessment of trees, a detailed tree management report and plan was prepared with tree schedule and plans of all areas surveyed across the University. This is now a live document and used in order to ensure suitable finances and budgets are in place annually to manage the largest natural asset that the University owns.