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April 6, 2011

Driest March on record

Today OCA Landscape Planning Group  reported that “provisional Met Office rainfall figures for March indicate that the month is likely to be one of the driest on record, even with rain falling over recent days.

The UK average rainfall total from 1 to 29 March was 39.1 mm – 41% of the long-term average for the whole of the month which is 95.9 mm.

This provisional figure makes it the driest March since 1953 when 41.6 mm of rain was recorded. However, this month’s figure will increase following the rain which has fallen over the last few days.

England and Wales were particularly dry, with provisional figures suggesting the month could be amongst the driest in the past 100 years.

Although Northern Ireland and Scotland have been drier than average, provisional figures show the two nations less dry during the month.

Many regions within the UK are expected to have had one of their driest March months for a century but with further rainfall being added to monthly totals, this remains unconfirmed”.

For more information on this article, existing and planned land use, trees and arboriculture, ecology and landscape design and much more, go to www.landscapeplanninggroup.co.uk

February 2, 2011

Climate and Capacity Planning for the ‘Subsidence Claims’ World

OCA have issued their latest paper aimed to help those in the world of insurance claims and tree related subsidence of low rise buildings.

The report examines the recent cold weather we have been suffering, the probable causes and goes on to provide forecasts which may aid with capacity planning and what the likelihood is of a ‘Summer Surge’.

Read the report here ……

January 4, 2011

Worried about dangerous trees?

As the extreme winter weather persists you may find yourself concerned about nearby trees and overhanging branches, their stability and what could happen if heavy snow or strong winds caused them to collapse and fall causing serious damage and injury.

NFU have the following advice:-

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October 20, 2010

TPO’s to be cut short

Proposals to simplify Tree Preservation Order paperwork has been announced by planning minister Bob Neill.

As part of the government’s drive to cut red tape, the proposal aims to consolidate the legal provisions currently contained in regulations and tree preservation orders (TPO’s) in England.

This move should save councils thousands in administration costs each year by using a shorter and easier to understand model order. 

This is good news for homeowners and insurers alike as the new process should not only remove ambiguities but ultimately speed up the often extremely complex and lengthy process of appeals and hearings when dealing with Local Authorities and tree related subsidence.

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