New Tree Planting Standard BS8545: Ensuring Successful Tree Growth

New Tree Planting Standard BS8545: Ensuring Successful Tree Growth

Each year, countless trees are planted as part of landscape plans in the UK, both in the public and private sectors. However, a significant proportion of these plantings fail, resulting in the premature death of many trees. According to a 2008 report commissioned by the Department of Communities and Local Government, up to 25% of public sector plantings fail. A similar failure rate is observed in the private sector. It’s clear that something needs to change.

To address this issue and increase the success rate of tree planting endeavors, a new British Standard has been established – BS8545:2014, Trees: from nursery to independence in the landscape. This standard aims to provide a condensed summary of best practices and current research in tree production and planting, offering practical recommendations and guidance for all involved in these processes.

Keith Sacre, the lead author of BS8545, highlights the benefits of this new standard, stating, “The beauty of a standard such as BS8545 is that it describes a method of planting for young trees that will allow them to reach their full potential and deliver the benefits they were planted for, without excessive or abnormal management.”

The standard emphasizes the importance of considering various factors, including tree physiology, tree quality, environmental conditions, and management strategies when planning and executing tree planting projects. It underscores the need for careful design, nursery production, and planting site management to ensure the survival and independence of the planted trees in the landscape.

While BS8545 specifically applies to trees with a prepared crown in a nursery, at Tips Tree Planting, we incorporate these principles into all our planting projects, regardless of size. We have extensive experience in a wide range of projects, from small planting schemes to large-scale habitat creation. You can find more information about our past projects on our Habitat Creation pages.

When designing any planting scheme, one of the fundamental considerations is the suitability of the selected tree species for the environment. We assess their purpose within the planting scheme, their resistance to environmental constraints like drought and wind, and their tolerance for pollutants in the air, water, and soil. Beyond that, individual trees are evaluated to ensure their likelihood of survival. The new standard provides recommendations on factors such as root development and stem growth. Additionally, we recognize the importance of implementing simple medium-term management practices to ensure long-term success.

For more information about BS8545:2014, visit the BSI Website. To discover how Tips Tree Planting can fulfill your project’s planting needs, get in touch with us today!

Remember, successful tree growth is vital for a resilient and beautiful landscape. Let’s plant trees that thrive and flourish, creating a greener future for all.