Our expert explains the risks of building by trees — plus how to avoid problems

house with pitched roof in garden with trees and green lawns
Trees can cause problems when it comes to building a house or extension (Image credit: Future)

Whether you’re planning to build a new home or extend an existing one, the presence of trees on site can be something of a headache. 

Even if they’re located well beyond the footprint of the proposed building they can still be a source of trouble, meaning it's important to have a clear plan of action to deal with any errant trees, thickets or coppices on site before finalising your self build design. 

Ian Rock

Chartered surveyor Ian Rock MRICS is a director is Rightsurvey.co.uk and the author of eight popular Haynes House Manuals, including the Home Extension Manual, the Self Build Manual and Period Property Manual.

Ian is also the founder of Zennor Consultants. In addition to providing house surveys, Zennor Consultants provide professional guidance on property refurbishment and maintenance as well as advising on the design and construction of home extensions and loft conversions, including planning and Building Regulations compliance.

Ian has recently added a 100m2 extension to his home; he designed and project managed the build and completed much of the interior fit-out on a DIY basis.