I have read various general recommendations about the distance for trees from buildings on shrinkable clay soils. Is there a definitive document that can be accessed or referred to for more specific guidance?
I am asking because my new-build house overlooks a flood plain and is built on 'made land'. I am happy that the house has the required depth of foundations and that adequate provision has been made for future-proffing with regard to rising water levels in times of flood. The 'made land' though is clay.
A number of trees have been planted at various heights up the embankment, which is about 2.5 - 3m high and 5 or 6 metres away from the house. A number of these are Salix spp, all of which have been planted at the top of the bank. I would have expected to see them at the base of the bank on, or near, the flood plain itself. The nearest Salix to a house is approximately 5 or 6 metres and about 8 metres from mine.
The trees are still quite young so it is difficult at present to assess future mature size and my tree identification skills are not adequate to add a species to the genus.
I can only find references to old houses and old trees or new houses and old trees.
Are there any papers or documents relating to new houses and new trees?
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