Trees near New Foundations

17 Jul 2011
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North Kent
United Kingdom
Hello, Does anyone know what the rules are for minimum distance a tree should be from new footings before you have to dig deeper? I have a conifer but not a fast growing one about 4 metres from where I intend to build. Im hoping to just do a metre and strip foundation as access is tricky. Any ideas? Cheers.
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Ask your building control office; they'll have tables relevant to your soil type and tree type. If the soil had a medium shrinkability, for example, at 4m you'd be looking around 1.2m deep for the foundations..
That's right I remember now thanks.
I did one a few years ago when he made me go down 1.8m on one wall as there was a conifer close. And 1.5 on the other 2 as there was a eucalyptus about 30m away. I had to do trench fill though, so I suppose you always have to when trees are involved.
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