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Tree Safety Guidelines

These guidelines are intended for persons responsible for Scout campsites or other Scouting premises where there are trees. The general principles apply where property can possibly be damaged by a falling tree or limb.

Introduction, scope and responsibility

(FS320008) (Published June 2020 replacing September 2008)

Introduction

In recent years there has been much publicity about children and adults killed or seriously injured when trees or branches fell on them. Such tragic events, although very rare, highlight the importance of tree safety management.  

Scope

These guidelines are intended for persons responsible for Scout campsites or other Scouting premises where there are trees. The general principles apply where property can possibly be damaged, or people hurt by a falling tree or limb.  The guidance does not apply to work on trees, e.g, pruning or felling by contractors or volunteer service teams or to the avoidance of tripping and slipping hazards caused by exposed roots. 

Responsibility

It is vital that the risk assessment process is appreciated by those who manage the premises and have a legal responsibility for its user’s safety.  This is likely to be the Group, District or County Executive committee even if the premises are a campsite and there is a separate management committee to look after the day to day operations.  Those responsible for a tree have a duty of care to users of premises where the tree is situated, employees, and other persons, to take reasonable steps to safeguard them from dangers arising from the tree. Our easy to use Risk Assessment guidance will help you.

Tree Safety Inspection Sheet

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