August 17, 2017

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…

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The importance of ethical tree care and the environment


By Paul George, Landmark Trading Trees are a vital part of the global ecosystem, providing us with many of the things we need to live. As arborists, acting ethically when we undertake any job is of the utmost importance. Although tree preservation and practicing as an arborist are two things that may seem dichotomous to the other through the outside lens, it is arborists that must be the most conscious of how our actions may potentially affect the fragile global ecosystem. Whilst environmental ethics as a philosophical discipline is vast, complex and ultimately, entirely theoretical, there are a few important…

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Fungus threatens Britain’s plane trees


The threat posed to Britain’s plane trees by plane tree wilt (Ceratocystis fimbriata f. platini), an ascomycete fungus which originated in the eastern United States, is growing as it works its way northwards through France at a faster range than previously. Keith Sacre of Barcham Trees recently attended a two-day workshop on plane tree wilt, organised by Treework Environmental Practices. He shared his knowledge with Colin Hambidge.   What is plane tree wilt and what does it do? It is a fungal infection which causes canker stain on plane species. The fungus causes vascular dysfunction, canopy dieback and then death. There is…

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An Interview with Lee Marshall, Torbay Council


Pro Arb were recently given the opportunity to interview Lee Marshall, who left a career in engineering to work for a decade as a tree officer for Torbay Council- and is still going strong. Lee chats to Pro Arb about how he came to live and breathe the trees of Torbay.   How did you get into arboriculture? I’ve always had a love of the outdoors (forgive the cliché) but didn’t know what to do for a career after leaving school. I had a series of roles in engineering which I didn’t feel fulfilled me professionally, so my  wife Rachel…

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Timberwolf at 30


UK Chipper manufacturer Timberwolf celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. Joe Wilkinson recently caught up with Richard Marshall, an original family member to discuss the past, present and future of the company. ‘Timberwolf started off as a family business,’ Richard explains.  ‘My father is the founder and he invented our first chipper. My mother was the bookkeeper and i used to sell the chippers. Dad built it, i sold it and Mum counted it. That was the basic principles of the business.’ Timberwolf chippers have always been made in the UK. Everything is designed in house, using as much local…

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Reducing urban diffuse pollution and surface water flooding


City of Trees looks at a groundbreaking new project in the City of Salford to study how trees can aid the management of urban stormwater. Nature-based solutions for the management of urban stormwater have been growing in popularity, but there is a lack of empirical performance data for field-scale installations, especially in a UK context. To address this, a novel retrofit street tree demonstration project was commissioned in the City of Salford, near Manchester (UK), in June 2015. The ground-breaking study, which will run for three years until 2017, is a partnership between the Environment Agency, The University of Manchester, City…

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A National Tree Charter for the UK


In its written evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment – Building Better Places (published 19th February 2016), the Trees and Design Action Group proposed the need for a National Tree Charter or Framework incorporating trees in integrated urban solutions. This proposal was inspired by the work of Frédéric Ségur and his team at the Greater (Grand) Lyon Authority and the second ‘Tree Charter’.  The Charter updates and develops the first Charter published in 2000 to reflect the environmental, social and economic conditions which have changed over the last decade or so. Notably,…

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Tree surveys


In the first part of the new mini-series, Jonathan Hazell considers the value of a good tree survey.   Common reasons for a tree survey include being able to discharge a tree owner’s duty of care, to help draw up a cyclical work programme, to assess the possibility of the retention of trees on a development site, the preparation of a TPO or management agreement, quantifying the environmental services that the urban forest provides, informing habitat management, a response to an insurance claim or court case, health surveillance and so on. At the outset remember my two oft-repeated mantra, which…

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Pro Arb advises on targeting your branding at the audience you want to do business with. Company branding is a touchy subject. This is because a lot of people have a different understanding of what branding is and what it means. There tends to be a lot of focus on the company logo, but branding should be a lot deeper than that. Your company branding is one of your greatest assets. It’s not just about your logo, slogan and design scheme, it’s also about your clients total experience of your business. Your brand is: Your customer promise Your business values…

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Boxwood Issues


There are a number of reasons for boxwood to decline. Dr Glynn Percival and Emma Schaffert of the Bartlett Tree Expert Company examine symptoms and treatments. Box blight One of the most common problems is Box Blight, caused by two fungi; Cylindrocladium buxicola and Pseudonectria buxi. When boxwood plants suffer from this disease, the symptoms tend to manifest as prolific leaf browning and crown dieback, with powdery spores visible on leaves later on in the season. With C. buxicola, young stems often also exhibit black stains. The disease thrives in warm, humid conditions, so maximizing air circulation is essential. Thinning…

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