Landlord to carry out tree survey

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The region’s largest social landlord is commissioning a study of all 3,000 trees for which it is responsible.

The Selkirk-based Scottish Borders Housing Association is this week inviting tenders from contractors to carry out a quantified tree risk assessment (QTRA) survey.

Potential bidders have until November 20 to apply with the contract due to be awarded on December 14.

A spokesman for SBHA, which owns 5,663 homes, said the tendering did not imply that any of the trees are at risk.

“We are currently pulling together a five-year asset management plan taking account of our external responsibilities as well as maintaining the Scottish Housing Quality Standard in our homes.

“The specialist tree survey will feed into that overall plan as will an external stock condition survey of properties and estates.

“This overall plan will allow a planned programme of work to be formed on a risk basis.”

The spokesman also confirmed that technical director Alan Vass no longer worked for SBHA.

“He is taking up a role in another organisation and we wish him well for the future,” added the spokesman.