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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…

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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…

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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…

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      Small Business Guide to VAT

      Business owners often struggle to make their way through the labyrinth that is the UK VAT rules. David Marples, Federation of Small Businesses, highlights the key issues and de-mystifies small business’ relationship with VAT.   Registration for VAT It should be noted that it is the person, not the business…

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      Report Writing: The Conclusion

      In the final part of his three part series Jonathan Hazell looks at writing your report’s conclusion and offers some advice on presentation. In the beginning you will have reported the facts about the tree population that you have captured, in the light of the brief and scope that you…

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      An Interview with Jamie Myers, Myers Tree Services

      Pro Arb were recently given the opportunity to interview Jamie Myers, who has been in the arb industry for 28 years, and after having the passion passed on to him by his mentor, has gone from strength to strength in business. Pro Arb spoke to Jamie about continual training, the…

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      Tax Advice for Small businesses

      One of the biggest challenges faced by those setting up a new business is negotiating and understanding the complex UK tax system. David Marples, Federation of Small Businesses sets out the four main taxes that you need to be aware of.   Income – Sole Traders & Partnerships As a…

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      A Question of Safety

      Katie Hateley, paramedic and director of first aid training company FoxMedics asks some challenging questions regarding your personal safety. How many of you Arborists HONESTLY climb with your First Aid bag? Do they snag on branches? Do they get soaked through during a rainy day until the bandages fall apart?…

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      Tree Smart Arb

      The combination of traditional arborist skills with the latest in smart digital technology looks to be a trend set to continue in 2016. Conservation Contractors had secured a large tree maintenance contract with a private healthcare provider. Following initial trials with Tree SMART Arb, on implementing and demonstrating to the…

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      Report Writing: The Middle

      As with a good meal, it is the main course that counts for the most. Jonathan Hazell explains how to make sure all the correct ingredients are in place with your writing.  Last time I set the scene and made reference to the police caution as a useful piece of…

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      Top Ten Tips: Choosing Your Ropes

      Your choice of climbing rope is fundamental to keeping you safe. Take it seriously, says Milly Stone of Marlow Ropes.   Always buy a rope designed for climbing from a reputable manufacturer.  What climbing are you going to be doing? Are you going to be double rope or SRT climbing?…

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      An Interview with Nick Eddison: Burleys

      Pro Arb were given the opportunity to interview arboriculture manager Nick Eddison, who is relatively new to the Burley’s team, having joined in July last year. But with plenty of hands-on experience in the industry, he plans big things for the company. How long have you been in the industry…

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      Choosing the Right First Aid Course

      Your First Aid Certificate is out of date and you will have to attend a course for that tick in the Health and Safety Executive box.  For some of you this is how you perceive your First Aid Training and also face the course with absolute dread. First Aid should…

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      Top Ten Tips: Using Drones in Arboriculture

      If employing a company offering drone services they should be able to provide copies of their CAA Permit for Aerial Work commonly called a PFAW and aviation specific insurance. Without this they cannot legally operate. Membership of the industry trade association ARPAS-UK also demonstrates a higher level of professionalism. Drones…

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      Chalara Ash Dieback

      Chalara Fraxinea responsible for ash dieback is a notifiable pathogen within the UK; it is important to report new cases to the Forestry Commission.  Chalara Ash Dieback has been a subject of discussion in the media over the past few years, since it was first identified in a Buckinghamshire nursery…

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