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    • Top Ten Tips

      Top Ten Tips for moving trees

      Marc Greenaway, operations manager at Glendale Civic Trees, outlines his top ten tips to consider before moving a tree 1) Carry out a site survey before work commences, to highlight obstructions that will impede the excavation works in both the original and relocation sites. Look for issues with hardstanding, site furniture, grade changes, etc. 2) Check…

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    • Weedons

      An Interview With Sam and Josh Weedon

      Twenty-four year old Josh Weedon recently started his own tree surgery business with his brother Sam, 21. Pro Arb met up with the entrepreneurs to find out about their business, how they find working in the industry and what it’s like starting their own enterprise What is your role within the company? Sam and I are joint owners. I’m…

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    • Bartlett

      Cypress Aphid – Bartlett Tree Experts

      Emma Schaffert and Luke Hailey of Bartlett Tree Reseach discuss symptoms of and treatments for the cypress aphid Browning of conifer hedging is not an uncommon sight in our towns and cities. There are many possible causes, for example it could be due to overpruning, lack of water, exposure to high winds, fungal diseases and even de-icing…

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    • Paul Frainer

      An interview with Paul Frainer, Senior Arboricultural Consultant

      Pro Arb visited the offices of Essex County Council to meet senior arboricultural consultant Paul Frainer.Paul runs a team of eight arboriculturists in ECC’s Place Services team. Place Services provides specialist environmental consultancy services across south east England to public, third and private sector clients. How did you get into arboriculture? I started my career…

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    • Vickers

      Using mechanical advantage… to our advantage – David Vickers

      In the final part of his series on creating mechanical advantage, Dave Vickers looks at using a rope-based system to help with felling trees Last month we saw how to create a system to lift a section of timber when dismantling a tree, before lowering it to the ground. In this final part, we’ll…

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    • Jon Ives

      Coping with Chalara – Jon Ives

      Ash dieback’s march across Europe brought it to the UK in 2012. There may not be a cure but recognising the symptoms early on may help with its management. It is three years since Chalara Ash Dieback was first identified in the UK in imported nursery stock and in the wild in East Anglia. This…

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    • Rick Milsom

      Pests and Diseases: How informed are you? – Rick Milsom

      Keeping up to date on the new pests, disorders and diseases is the best way to ensure the health of our trees, says Rick Milsom. My first recollection of coming into contact with a tree-related pest was with the brown tail moth caterpillar. Ghastly, hairy little fellows, I used to see them years ago while I was in…

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    • Steve Clarke

      Dare to be different – Steve Clarke

      Steve Clarke explains how to differentiate your business without driving down profits. What can you gain from swimming in the sea of sameness, just doing the same as everyone else? If your aim is keep below the radar and shoot for mediocrity, then maybe I get it. However, I doubt that’s what most people in business want.…

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    • Jonathan Hazell

      Consultancy Vs Contracting – Jonathan Hazell

      Jonathan Hazell illustrates the differences between consultants and contractors with a closer look at a consultant’s report. It goes without saying that there are some very good practitioners in the fields of both arboricultural contracting and arboricultural consulting. However, an expert in one field may be ineffective in the other and you, as the practitioner, may well…

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    • Bartlett

      Pest and diseases: Honey Fungus

      Emma Schaffert and Luke Hailey of Bartlett Tree Research discuss the cause, symptoms and treatment of Honey Fungus. Honey fungus or Armillaria root rot is a soil-borne disease that attacks trees’ roots and trunk. It is caused by members of the genus Armillaria, most commonly in the UK by A. mellea and A. gallica. A. mellea is considered…

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    • Your client approach needs updating – Martin Gammie

      A fresh look at how we engage with clients and collaborate with other disciplines is long overdue,  says Martin Gammie. Arborists can’t always allow clients to dictate on key issues like timing.   My recent work with the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) on its latest best practice guidance document gave me an opportunity…

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    • Pro Arb

      Pro Arb Survey: Arborist Training

      Pro Arb asked its readers about their experience of and further requirements in education and training With training high on arb companies’ agendas, Pro Arb has carried out a survey of its readership to find out what training arboriculturists have undertaken, how they found it and what more is required to make sure professionals working in the…

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    • Penalt Yew

      The Ancient Tree Column – Penalt Yew

      Each month we feature an ancient British tree.  This month the Ancient Tree Forum introduces us to the Penalt Yew, Monmouthshire Yew trees are an iconic part of our landscape, playing a role in communities up and down the country. Why do we find so many in our churchyards? According to the Ancient Yew Group, there…

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    • Rob McBride

      2015 An Arb Odyssey – Rob McBride

      Rob McBride reviews the arboricultural odyssey in which he ‘met’ some unusual entrants for the European Tree of the Year 2015 The main purpose of my trip in February this year was to promote the great trees of Europe and the European Tree of the Year 2015 contest (ETOTY15), organised by the Environmental Partnership Association (EPA). The first goal…

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    • Top Ten Tips

      Top Ten Tips – Urban Tree Planting

      Marc Greenaway, operations manager at Glendale Civic Trees, shares the top ten things you need to think about when planting trees in the urban environment 1) Choose the right tree for the environment This is important, as planting a large Araucaria araucana (Monkey puzzle) next to a children’s playground would not be a good…

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