BS 5837: 2012 Soil Assessment

A soil assessment is recommended at the topographical stage and should be undertaken to inform on any decisions relating to:

  • The tree root protection areas (RPA).
  • Tree protection.
  • New planting design.
  • Foundation design to take account of retained, removed and new trees.

The assessment should determine whether the soil is shrinkable. If it is, trees and other vegetation have the potential to cause indirect damage to structures.

This Soils Site Report identifies and describes the properties and capacities of the soil at your specified location as recorded in the 1:250,000 scale National Soil Map for England and Wales based your post code.

Ground Movement Potential Value

This is a soils-focused information system providing you with a comprehensive soil report that includes a ‘Ground Movement Potential Value’ category rating between:

1 – Very Low
2 – Low
3 – Moderate
4 – High
5 – Very High

Soil types and properties vary locally, as well as at the landscape scale. It is not possible to identify precisely the soil conditions at a specific location without first making a site visit. We have therefore provided you with information about the range of soil types we have identified at and around your selected location. Schematic diagrams are also provided to aid accurate identification of the soil series at your site.

We can also provide detailed pH testing, with soil structure composition that can be included in the assessment for the purpose of designing landscape proposals and new planting specifications.