What is an Arboricultural Consultant (or Consulting Arborist)?
An Arboricultural Consultant, or “AQF Level 5 Arborist” provides professional level, best practice expertise and advice on all tree related situations. Advice is objective and not biased towards a particular outcome such as tree removal, instead giving detailed and factual information to inform decision-making to suit the client, the situation and the trees.
Which trees are “protected”?
In NSW, trees are currently broadly protected under each Council’s Local Environmental Plan which aims to preserve the amenity and biodiversity of the land by preserving trees and vegetation, and prohibit cutting down, pruning or damaging trees which are defined in a Development Control Plan. There may be additional protections on particular species, heritage properties or areas, environmentally sensitive vegetation or individual properties. New Leaf Arboriculture can provide up to date, accurate advice on the current status of particular trees, and the process needed to do anything with the trees.
Can you support removal of my tree?
All advice provided by New Leaf is unbiased, objective professional advice based on an on site assessment of the tree/s and their context. Removal of trees is considered appropriate in certain cases, after careful consideration of the options available.
Council have asked for a report from an AQF Level 5 Arborist - what does that mean?
AQF stands for Australian Qualifications Framework and is the method of categorising the level of qualification an individual has attained. AQF5 Arborists are consultant level professionals. AQF4 is the qualification needed to supervise tree works such as pruning and removal, and these arborists may advise on maintaining or pruning trees. AQF3 is the qualification needed for practical tree work, and may include climbing arborists. AQF5 is recognised by Councils and the industry as the appropriate qualification for a person preparing Arboricultural reports.
What’s so good about IACA Accreditation?
The Institute of Australian Consulting Arboriculturists was founded as an industry association to support the profession of arboricultural consulting as a distinct profession separate to practicing arboriculture. To avoid bias towards tree removal or tree work and the potential perception of bias in the advice given by consulting arboriculturists, membership is limited to consultants who don’t provide tree cutting services. Accreditation requires ongoing professional learning and development each year, and adherence to a Code of Ethics to ensure a high quality of service is provided to clients, and a level of professionalism comparable to architects, town planners and engineers.
What kind of advice can an Arboricultural Consultant give that a practicing arborist wouldn’t?
A practicing arborist (also known as tree surgeon or “lopper”) has skills and expertise in working on and maintaining trees, as well as safely removing and felling trees, but may not have extensive experience, qualifications or insurance coverage for providing objective advice about tree management. A professional level Arboricultural Consultant spends their time on analysis, planning and decision making with consideration of broader Urban Forest principles and sustainable solutions to complex problems.
What areas do you work in?
New Leaf Arboriculture is based in Parramatta, Sydney and works in all areas of Sydney. Services can be provided outside of Sydney depending on the project or situation.
Can you provide a report for a court case?
Professional Arboricultural advice aims to provide best practice advice which in some cases can aid in avoiding legal action in the first instance. Of course there are cases where courts are needed to resolve the situation. New Leaf provides advice aimed at helping to navigate complex legal and planning issues which can surround trees, by taking into account the broader context of the trees and their locations.
How long will an arborist report take?
The time taken to prepare an Arboricultural report depends on the size of the project or property, number of trees and level of detail required for the situation. Generally, reports will take at least 10 working days from the site inspection. However, New Leaf recognises that sometimes deadlines require faster turnaround, and aims to take a flexible approach wherever possible to deliver results within your required timeframe.
How much does it cost?
New Leaf Arboriculture provides professional level consulting services. The cost will depend on depends on the size of the project or property, number of trees and level of detail required for the situation. A fee proposal is provided for your consideration with no obligation, outlining the services offered, including terms and conditions.
What information is needed to get a quote?
The more information you can provide, the better. All information is held securely and treated as confidential. If there is a development planned for the property, copies of the survey and architectural plans are helpful, as well as a description of the situation and why you need arboricultural input including any request from Council or a neighbour or other third party. Click to upload your documents and get a fee proposal for arboricultural consultancy services.
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