Additional services

Additional services – Thomas Bauer

Thomas Bauer is a publicly appointed, sworn expert in the field of residential, home and allotment gardens.
In addition to home/residential and allotment garden expertise, Thomas Bauer is qualified to offer a range of related, complementary, and beneficial services.

Tree control

To fulfill traffic safety obligations, every property owner should have the condition and road safety of property trees checked at regular intervals. As a certified tree inspector, I can carry out these regular controls in accordance with the safety guidelines of the FLL (Forschungsgesellschaft Landschaftsentwicklung Landschaftsbau e.V.).
You will find a series of images demonstrating this below, after the explanations.

What is a tree register?
As a rule, I create a GIS-based tree register in order to present all relevant information professionally and comprehensibly for tree owners, foundations, associations, companies or private individuals.
A tree cadastre is a directory of trees. The data are stored in a table / database and recorded on a map. A geographic information system (GIS) is required for a tree register. It is used for the spatial representation of the trees on a map, input, query, management, evaluation and output of the data.

The following overview from the tree cadastre should show the advantages of a GIS-based tree cadastre: GIS is its own extensive specialty. Due to the complexity, we do not go into too much detail but limit ourselves to the necessary (basic) functions for the tree cadastre. The tree cadastre I use is also supported by numerous communities, arborists and tree inspectors.

What can the scope of work look like?
My project workflow is always adapted to the presenting situation of on-site trees and plantings.

Here’s an example pertaining to one of my large clients, a road adjacent daycare center: According to FLL tree control rules and guidelines, traffic safety must be ensured through adherence to professional standard building controls and documentation and then combined with any necessary additional measures.

Therefore, not only trees are examined at a daycare center property, but also safety requirements demand that that all plantings be checked and certified to exclude poisonous varieties.
Following the FLL legal framework, property control obligations and possible liability can then be transferred to me as an expert.

I fulfill tree inspections in accordance with the current guidelines of the FLL (Guidelines for rule inspections for checking the traffic safety of trees – tree inspection guidelines, 2010) in coordination with the organizational units on site.

A tree control book (GIS-based tree register) is kept in my business premises. After the inspection, I will prepare an expert opinion including copies of the logs (tree data sheets) in which the results are recorded. This is made available by email to the organizational unit and, if desired, in ”CC“ to other stakeholders. The expert opinion is the summary and serves to facilitate work on site.
If established, for example, that arboricultural measures (such as removal of dead wood) are necessary, the urgency is indicated the form of a traffic light. Upon request, I can provide assistance to complete the identified measures.

Information for allotment garden associations and foundations
The approach to this side of the topic is similar, with implementation applicable to allotment garden associations.

In particular, the question arises as to whether plot trees and trees located in communal areas (parking lots, paths, playgrounds, outdoor areas, etc.) are the responsibility of the associations.
If the property owner has ceded the duty of road safety, the association must have the road safety carried out and documented by competent persons in compliance with tree control rules in accordance with the FLL guidelines. The association (i.e. the board of the association) is responsible for this and thus has a potential liability risk in the event of damage.

In principle, this type of surveillance task can be carried out by a member of the association if there is provable and sufficient specialist knowledge (e.g. as a certified tree inspector). In these cases it is advisable to check if an insurance company provides sufficient coverage for this inspection activity. If you are a member of the board of directors, you should ask the insurance company in advance whether, in the event of damage, this activity is covered by the existing insurance. It should be precisely documented who is responsible for tree control and the resulting measures.

Tree control can also be delegated to external parties. For the association, this has the advantage of being able to provide professional tree control and documentation and, at the same time, minimizing liability for the association.

In practice, it has proven useful to have the necessary tree control reporting carried out by people / companies that do not benefit from follow-up orders such as felling or tree care.

Seminars and lectures

Specialist lectures are usually carried out with Powerpoint support and appropriate teaching materials. Through visualization and the latest pedagogical methods (see trainer suitability), complex knowledge is conveyed in an easily understandable way. The choice of topics, objectives and length of the event are determined individually, according to respective needs.

Thomas Bauer has already given lectures and training courses at the following institutions:

  • Bavarian State Ministry for Agriculture and Forests (expert training conference)
  • Federal Association of German Gardening Friends
  • Regional Association of Bavarian Allotment Gardeners e.V.
  • Association of Allotment Gardeners Baden-Württemberg e. V.
  • Allotment Garden Association Munich e.V.
  • Nuremberg City Association of Allotment Gardeners e.V.
  • Augsburg City Association of Allotment Gardeners

Training series / allotment garden consultant training

In addition to the specialist lectures, I have carried out allotment garden consultant training for interested tenants several times for the Augsburg City Association of Allotment Gardeners.

The participants are taught extensive specialist knowledge over a roughly two year period. The curriculum includes approximately 110 theoretical training hours, as well as tree and shrub pruning courses and training trips. These specialist topics are divided into four semesters.

More extensive training courses such as multi-day advanced training or additional modules to specialist consultant training courses can be tailored to expressed needs.

We would be happy to prepare a custom offer specialist lecture or training series for you.

Garden and landscaping

Do you want to redesign your garden or create a new one?

After a detailed consultation on site, garden planning is completed.

For this purpose, different design elements are presented and, if necessary, included in the preliminary planning in coordination with the future use of the garden. Suggestions and recommendations are evaluated and discussed.

The discussed concept is followed up and can then be visualized on site to get an impression of the planning status.

Do you want to create your own garden and only need a briefing on how the work should be carried out from a technical point of view?

Garden expert Thomas Bauer is at your disposal with his knowledge and he shows you important work steps and project milestones.

When assigning the project to a company, the work and project deliverables can be monitored and assistance provided for final approval.

​Environmental construction supervision

Since the introduction of the Environmental Damage Act in 2007, there have been increasing requirements in approval notices or building permits that substantiate „environmental construction supervision“. The environmental construction support (UBB) can be found in various construction projects. The aim of the UBB is to comply with all legal environmental regulations, standards and provisions, for nature conservation requirements; everything from obtaining building permits, to avoiding environmental damages and the costs and delays that arise as a result. Thomas Bauer will help you in this area. It is not always just the large infrastructure projects, but increasingly also smaller construction projects in which the UBB plays an important role and protects the client from possible problems and costs.

On the grounds of the GASWERK Augsburg, environmental construction support plays an outstanding role. A lighthouse project for the protection of the environment and biodiversity of species is being created. Thomas Bauer’s expert consultancy is working closely with the Management and Landscape Conservation Association to further develop the area both ecologically and for recreational and festival uses. This only seems to be a contradiction at first glance. There is already a connection between modular (10,000 visitors) and wooden bees, gunslingers and peregrine falcons, hare and adventure gardens for children. In the end: a great inner-city project that welcomes all visitors. There is something for everyone here.

Inspection approvals and deficiencies

Upon completion of construction, gardening and landscaping companies carry out their work orders according to required approvals.

For property managers and communal residential associations, the consultation of an expert at these stages can be very useful since the technical examination is carried out competently and extensively. Often, referencing an official inspection, completed objectively, expertly and comprehensively, avoids or mitigates disputes amongst owners or members. With proper inspections performed by an expert, property managers can be relieved of liability risk.
Approvals can be verified on site with all parties involved and, ideally, the approval terms (absence of defects in the work) can be determined.

If there are deficiencies, a solution can be found directly. With the instrument of expert approval, the current status is objectively recorded for all those involved and there is clarity on how to measure and determine further progress. To avoid disputes afterwards, a well-prepared approval is always recommended.

Here you will find examples for ascertaining approval capability, assessing defects and checking invoices for horticultural services (plantings, paving, dry stone walls, gabions, ponds, etc.).

Construction supervision & controls

Construction supervision, controls and (interim) inspection acceptances are reliable instruments wielded by experts to ensure that errors are prevented and that the scope of work is carried out correctly.

In practice, the mere presence of an expert on the construction site— or the announcement that the expert will come by unannounced during work—ensures that a more careful approach to work is taken.

Particularly in the case of high-quality, complex, and expensive projects, a great deal of time and dispute can be saved by preventive action. The expenses associated with subsequent digging up or opening of components, walls, plaster, etc. should be avoided.

Species protection examination ASP 1 (potential assessment)

Species protection issues can become relevant in the context of tree inspections and road safety assessments, and during tree maintenance work, construction work, clearing, etc. Species protection issues can become relevant to landholders and associations may find it necessary to carry out a corresponding test.

Anchored in national nature conservation law (Federal Nature Conservation Act ), the relatively new instrument of species protection auditing is based on the protection provisions for selected animal and plant species in two European directives, the Fauna-Flora-Habitat Directive (FFH Directive for short) and the Bird Protection Directive. A more detailed presentation of the legal basis and the procedure for the special examination under species protection law can be found in the information from the Supreme Bavarian Building Authority for saP in road construction and at the Bavarian State Office for the Environment.

The species protection test (ASP) procedure is divided into three stages:

Level I: preliminary examination (spectrum of species, impact factors)
Level II: In-depth examination of the prohibitions
Level III: exception procedure.

The level 1 Species Protection Test (also potential assessment) is the basis for assessing a potential conflict between the planned measure and the requirements of species protection law. An on-site assessment of the site is required for this. The scope of the investigation depends on the size and nature of the site, as well as the existing green areas with trees.

Experience has shown that an on-site visit is sufficient for individual trees to assess level 1. If no conflicts with species protection are seen in the evaluation of level 1, the process is ended. If there is a potential for conflict, a level 2 test is necessary.

Even in simple and unproblematic cases, it is recommended to prepare a „species protection law assessment“ in which the project is briefly described and its impact is assessed. Any necessary avoidance and compensation measures (e.g. hanging bat boxes) must be documented there.

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