January 21, 2018

12 Days of Christmas – February 2017


Our interview with Duncan Armstrong from Aspen Tree Care discussed his journey into the industry, why he strives to involve communities in tree work and the draw of conservational work. (Page 13) Emma Schaffert and Jon Banks from Bartlett Tree Experts gave some expert advice on dealing with black root rot; defining the symptoms and the general management of the fungal root rot pathogen, which affects many plant species. (Page 16) The team took a trip to London Borough of Tower Hamlets in February to have a chat with Ed Buckton, the senior arboricultural officer at Tower Hamlets Council. Ed…

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12 Days of Christmas – January 2017


We spoke to Maggie Wrights, the Principal Tree Officer at London Borough of Sutton about the challenges that come from over-development and how the public can influence the future of their trees. (Page 9) Following on from themes generated through discussion at the 2016 FutureArb seminar, Jonathan Hazell wrote about how arborists can stay relevant. Jonathan is as methodical in his approach as ever, explaining the execution of his suggestions in the most helpful way imaginable. (Page 13) Our feature ‘Inside Southampton City Council’ tackled an increasingly popular theme within local tree management: bringing tree surgery in house to cut…

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DAERA launches consultation for Ash Dieback


The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a consultation on its approach to Ash Dieback. Since it was first discovered here in 2012 on imported ash plants, the fungal disease has continued to spread despite efforts to contain and eradicate the outbreak. The Department’s Forest Service has been monitoring the presence of the disease since the initial discovery. It is now finding the disease at widely dispersed locations in Northern Ireland where it is present on native ash both in the hedgerows and in older trees. Diane Stevenson from DAERA Forest Service explained: “To date the aim…

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“Reasonable Management of Pests and Diseases, and Upcoming Threats to Urban Trees”


A Seminar led by Henry Kuppen at Barcham Trees, 22 November 2017 Report by Colin Hambidge Henry Kuppen is the director of the Dutch company Terra Nostra (www.terranostra.nu), which he terms a knowledge centre for trees and soil in the urban environment. He began his career as an arborist in the 1980s, and has a particular interest in the oak processionary moth. Although this was first seminar at Barcham Trees’ Cambridgeshire nursery, his reputation had gone before him as the audience of tree officers, contractors, consultants and landscapers filled the lecture room. Barcham’s Keith Sacre had already met him, but…

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Charlecote Park’s historic tree-lined avenue to return in Leamington


An historic tree-lined avenue is set to be restored at Charlecote Park. The National Trust, which cares for the 16th century country house and surrounding park, plans to carry out the project over the next five years. When completed it will re-create the approach to the house which visitors used to enjoy for 400 years but which has been missing for over half a century. In addition, important outbuildings telling stories of hardworking household staff from the turn of the century will be opened up for visitors to explore. The work has been made possible by the purchase of an…

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A woodland owners guide to chainsaw safety


By Paul George Chainsaws are vital tools in the forestry and landscaping industries. Arborists, gardeners, tree surgeons and even conservationists use them for felling trees, clearing undergrowth and brush, cutting firewood and countless other purposes. Woodland owners and forestry workers would be lost without them, but chainsaws can be dangerous and should be treated with respect. In this guide we’re going to take a look at chainsaw safety. We’ll begin with the number one prerequisite for anyone using a chainsaw, and that’s training. Chainsaw Training You need training as well as a certain level of physical fitness to use a…

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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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