Landowners have a statutory duty of care to do all that is reasonably practical to ensure that people are not exposed to a risk to their health and safety. This duty can be fulfilled by having a system in place to control the risk from trees. A tree risk management system comprises of four components:
- A policy that details how the landowner will approach the management of tree related risk
- A zoning plan to inform decision making for tree surveys
- A tree survey to assess the trees and determine the level of risk
- A mitigation plan to reduce any risk to as low as reasonably practicable
This approach is advocated by the Health and Safety Executive under the Plan Do Check Act methodology for effective risk management.