Bluesky Photomaps Help Assess Risk from Trees on Popular English Holiday Island

Jul 14, 2016 -- Aerial survey photomaps are helping a specialist UK arboriculture company improve the management of trees. Map accurate imagery covering the Isle of Wight is being used by ArbAdvice as an integral part of consultancy services for home buyers, mortgage and insurance reports; Tree Preservation Order applications, objections and appeals; and inspections and surveys for Tree Risk Management. The real world detail and accuracy of the images – downloaded directly from Bluesky’s online Mapshop – provides context for decision making, while the quality allows for communication of proposed works, risk statements and conservation plans.  

“The Bluesky aerial photographs are an essential tool, allowing us to identify and assess trees in their real world context,” commented Ben Riches, owner of ArbAdvice. “This reduces the need for multiple site visits, improves the quality of decision making and allows us to effectively communicate plans and proposals with property owners, the Council and third parties, such as insurance companies.

“We also make use of other datasets available from the Mapshop, including Ordnance Survey mapping,” continued Riches. “The combination of data, ease of acquisition and speed of delivery makes Bluesky our first choice.”

ArbAdvice are qualified arboriculturists with over fifteen years’ experience working as tree surgeons on the Isle of Wight. Specialists in both consulting and practical arboriculture, ArbAdvice offers a range of services including tree surveys, plans and reports for planning and development applications, tree root damage and subsidence assessment, and management plans for long term tree retention. Qualified, experienced and insured, ArbAdvice also undertakes both domestic and commercial maintenance works, including tree pruning, dismantling and removal. 

The aerial photographs and Ordnance Survey mapping used by ArbAdvice to support its consulting and practical services are purchased from Bluesky’s online Mapshop. offers complete nationwide coverage of aerial photography from multiple epochs, 3D models (Digital Terrain and Surface Models DTM / DSM), LiDAR data, Thermal Mapping and Bluesky’s National Tree Map. Visitors can also download – free of charge – geological, land cover and flood maps, as well as places of interest, census areas and collections of themed data such as farming, marine and habitats.



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