Arboricultural Shade Plans

We can also use your tree survey data to produce Shadow Plans, and offer a couple of options:

The Basic Shadow Constraint

This gives an approximate sweep of shade cast by trees in midsummer, plotted as per description in BS5837: 2012:

“An indication of potential direct obstruction of sunlight can be illustrated by plotting a segment, with a radius from the centre of the stem equal to the height of the tree, drawn from due north-west to due east, indicating the shadow pattern through the main part of the day.”

We can add these to your BS:5837 plan. It is quick to draw, very affordable, and is often applied to a whole site, and then used by architects as a design tool.

Diagram of the Basic Shadow Constraint
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Arbor-Shadow Plotting

This uses the excellent software developed by Chris Skellern. We would use this to produce a series of plans showing what shade would look like at various times of the day and year.

Interested in our shade plans? Get in touch.

Some of our Happy Clients

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I have been using Mad March Hare’s CAD services very regularly for the last 8 years. Alex and his team provide me with very clear arboricultural plans suitable for submission in support of planning applications. Timescales are clearly stated, and drawings are always received on time. They are versatile and happy to accommodate whatever bespoke requirements are needed for the particular project.


Jon Coe Tree Consultancy Ltd

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“I have been working with Alex and his team for several years and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Mad March Hare has a good working knowledge of arboricultural matters which is reflected in their high quality CAD work. Alex’s work is not only very professional but he is also extremely accommodating which has been invaluable to my consultancy business over the years.”

Fiona Bradshaw

Sylva Consultancy

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At Hillside Trees we have been using Mad March Hare for all our CAD work – mainly producing Tree Constraints Plans and Tree Protection Plans – for more than 15 years.

Alex and his team are unfailingly professional in their work and always produce high quality results even when faced with less than ideal base plans. Their attention to detail is excellent and they always deliver on time. The service we get is second to none and we have never had cause to consider using another supplier.”

Alister Rankine

Director, Hillside Trees Ltd

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“Mad March Hare provide an invaluable service, providing the professional looking plans I need and helping iron out any glitches and problems. It’s like having an extra member of staff and I can’t think how I would get along without them.”

Simon Hawkins

Merewood Arboricultural Consultancy Services

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We’ve been working with Mad March Hare for over ten years. They are reliable, friendly and professional. Highly recommended!


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Alex and his team are friendly and helpful, they produce professional plans swiftly and efficiently and are willing to go the extra mile, I don’t hesitate in recommending their services.

Stuart Roberts

Assured Trees Ltd

Wilson Tree Surveys

Alex and his team provide professional looking plans and are happy to provide bespoke elements as required. Timescales are reliable and clearly set out, and they are happy to accommodate work at short notice when possible.

Richard Wilson

Wilson Tree Surveys