August 17, 2017

  • High Court

    City council awaits High Court ruling over tree felling protest

    Sheffield City Council bosses were today waiting for a High Court judge’s ruling on a bid to stop protesters delaying a street tree-felling programme. They want orders stopping people taking “unlawful direct action” preventing the “lawful” felling of roadside trees. Mr Justice Males, who analysed evidence at a trial in Leeds a few weeks ago, is scheduled to deliver a ruling in London today. The tree-felling programme has been criticised by former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, when he was a Sheffield Lib Dem MP, and Conservative Environment Secretary Michael Gove. Council bosses say the programme is essential if Sheffield’s…

  • Gristwood

    Gristwood and Toms lands acquisition of Foremost Treesurgeons, bolstering turnover by £3M

    Gristwood and Toms is delighted to announce the acquisition of Hampshire based arboricultural specialist and fencing contractor, Foremost Treesurgeons. The deal will add £3 million in annual sales across amenity and utility arboriculture and vegetation management, in addition to land clearance and fencing services. The move will cement Gristwood and Toms’ position as a major service partner for public sector, social housing and commercial customers. Enhancing operational capability and capacity across the south of England, the acquisition strengthens Gristwood and Toms’ position as the largest, privately owned, specialist arboricultural contractor in the UK. Foremost employs around 30 staff and Michael…

  • Scottish

    New director appointments at Scottish Woodlands LTD

    Scottish Woodlands Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of two new directors. Ian Robinson and Craig Nimmo have been appointed to the Board of Directors for the forestry management company which serves clients from a network of 17 offices located throughout Scotland as well as in North England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Mr Robinson, who has worked for the company for 30 years, becomes Operational Director. He has extensive forestry management experience across a wide geographic area, having worked for the company in South Scotland, North England and Wales. Mr Robinson was also responsible for Scottish Woodlands’ Forest Stewardship…

  • Paul

    Health and safety practices for aerial workers

    By Paul George A tree surgeon’s work inevitably involves working at height and, inevitably, this type of work presents some serious and unavoidable hazards. Data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows that around 16% of accidents related to tree work involve a fall from height, whilst 6% of injuries are due to impact with branches or tree trunks during uncontrolled swings. The truth is that some of these accidents would have been avoidable if the proper health and safety practices were adhered to. In this article, we are going to look at some of the health and safety…

  • Points of light

    Longest serving Trees for Life volunteer handed ‘Points of Light’ award

    Fay Blackburn, the longest serving volunteer at Trees for Life, has been given a ‘Points of Light’ award – which recognises outstanding individual volunteers. The award is given to those who are making a change in their community. In a personal letter to Fay, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Your dedication to ‘Trees for Life’ means that you have had a huge impact on the forests of Scotland, helping to conserve and regrow areas of the Caledonian Forest in particular. Your work is helping to rebuild tree populations and preserve these beautiful landscapes for future generations.” Trees for Life aims…

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High Court

City council awaits High Court ruling over tree felling protest

Aug 15, 2017

Sheffield City Council bosses were today waiting for a High Court judge’s ruling on a bid to stop protesters delaying a street tree-felling programme. They want orders stopping people taking “unlawful direct action” preventing the “lawful” felling of roadside trees. Mr Justice Males, who analysed evidence at a trial in Leeds a few weeks ago, is scheduled to deliver a ruling in London today. The tree-felling programme has been criticised by former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, when he was a Sheffield Lib Dem MP, and Conservative Environment Secretary Michael Gove. Council bosses say the programme is essential if Sheffield’s…

Gristwood

Gristwood and Toms lands acquisition of Foremost Treesurgeons, bolstering turnover by £3M

Aug 15, 2017

Gristwood and Toms is delighted to announce the acquisition of Hampshire based arboricultural specialist and fencing contractor, Foremost Treesurgeons. The deal will add £3 million in annual sales across amenity and utility arboriculture and vegetation management, in addition to land clearance and fencing services. The move will cement Gristwood and Toms’ position as a major service partner for public sector, social housing and commercial customers. Enhancing operational capability and capacity across the south of England, the acquisition strengthens Gristwood and Toms’ position as the largest, privately owned, specialist arboricultural contractor in the UK. Foremost employs around 30 staff and Michael…

Scottish

New director appointments at Scottish Woodlands LTD

Aug 15, 2017

Scottish Woodlands Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of two new directors. Ian Robinson and Craig Nimmo have been appointed to the Board of Directors for the forestry management company which serves clients from a network of 17 offices located throughout Scotland as well as in North England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Mr Robinson, who has worked for the company for 30 years, becomes Operational Director. He has extensive forestry management experience across a wide geographic area, having worked for the company in South Scotland, North England and Wales. Mr Robinson was also responsible for Scottish Woodlands’ Forest Stewardship…

Paul

Health and safety practices for aerial workers

Aug 14, 2017

By Paul George A tree surgeon’s work inevitably involves working at height and, inevitably, this type of work presents some serious and unavoidable hazards. Data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows that around 16% of accidents related to tree work involve a fall from height, whilst 6% of injuries are due to impact with branches or tree trunks during uncontrolled swings. The truth is that some of these accidents would have been avoidable if the proper health and safety practices were adhered to. In this article, we are going to look at some of the health and safety…

Points of light

Longest serving Trees for Life volunteer handed ‘Points of Light’ award

Aug 14, 2017

Fay Blackburn, the longest serving volunteer at Trees for Life, has been given a ‘Points of Light’ award – which recognises outstanding individual volunteers. The award is given to those who are making a change in their community. In a personal letter to Fay, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Your dedication to ‘Trees for Life’ means that you have had a huge impact on the forests of Scotland, helping to conserve and regrow areas of the Caledonian Forest in particular. Your work is helping to rebuild tree populations and preserve these beautiful landscapes for future generations.” Trees for Life aims…

Roydon

Roydon man left with £3,000 legal bill after cutting down four trees

Aug 10, 2017

A man has been fined thousands in court after cutting down protected trees in Roydon. Paul Hayden, of Old House Lane in Roydon, was left with a legal bill of £3,199 after illegally cutting down trees protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs). At Chelmsford Magistrates Court on July 6, Mr Hayden pleaded guilty to cutting down two oak trees, two hawthorn trees and wilfully damaging another hawthorn, all of which were in a conservation area and covered by Woodland TPOs. Mr Hayden told magistrates he had occupied the property for 26 years before buying in it 2016, but had omitted to instruct his solicitor…