November 17, 2018

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 and what made you think there was a career in it? I’ve been in the industry for 20 years. Initially I was working as a landscape operative doing hard landscaping for a small family firm in Newick, East Sussex. There was quite a lot of tree work and the other…

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Choosing the Right First Aid Course

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Your First Aid Certificate is out of date and you will have to attend a course for that tick in the Health and Safety Executive box.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 not be death by Power-point or Snoozville, it should be interactive and engaging and more importantly provide you with the skills and knowledge to be confident when faced with an incident whether in or away from work. It also should be relevant. The realisation of appropriate First Aid training for…

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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 come in many shapes and sizes and the terminology is wide ranging. RPAS, SUAS, UAV’s and Drones are all common terms. Drones are either fixed wing and look like conventional aircraft or are multi-rotor vertical and take off landing craft.  All are powered by lithium polymer battery cells with duration…

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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 in 2012. The disease is widespread across Europe, but has now been confirmed on at least 150 locations within the UK. Initially identified as the pathogen Chalara fraxinea, this fungal disease has since been discovered to have two stages of development; Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (syn. Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus) as the sexual and…

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Report Writing: The Beginning


In the first of a three-part series, Jonathan Hazell gives advice on writing a comprehensive report.   This is the first of three short pieces that explain my ideas and thinking about report writing, which for ease I have called, imaginatively, the beginning, the middle and (yes, you guessed) the end.   But first, to set the scene.   Your client will commission a report, but once it’s been issued there’s no telling where it will end up so try to write well, and please leave out the thinly disguised sales pitch!   Your report must be: an answer to your…

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A guide to assisted felling part 2: Component forces – David Vickers


In the second part of this series, Dave Vickers looks at the forces involved and required safety margins when combining wire and rope based offset systems. Last month we focused on assisted felling and the forces involved when using an offset pull. We introduced the formula “pull = 2t(cos x)” where t is the force in tonnes exerted by the winch and x is half of the angle the wire/rope passes through the pulley. I concluded by suggesting a ready reckoner chart could be useful when selecting equipment. We need to consider two things when dealing with offset systems combining rope and wire; firstly the potential offset loads, and secondly the strength of the rope. Calculating…

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Phytophthora root rots – Bartlett Tree Experts


The genus Phytophthora is composed of 60 species of pathogens that cause considerable damage to trees and shrubs worldwide. Within the UK several species of Phytophthora exist, including P. ramorum, which has had a devastating impact on Japanese larch forests after ‘host jumping’ from rhododendrons and other under storey shrubs. Free water is necessary for Phytophthora to successfully infect a tree and therefore most commonly associated with soils that are poorly drained or receive excessive irrigation. Phytophthora can be especially common on newly developed sites where soil is severely disturbed or compacted from construction activities. Phytophthora is also a common disease in commercial ornamental tree and shrub nurseries. Infection usually progresses from the root collar or finer roots, into the larger roots and eventually the…

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Apprenticeships – Matthew Laine – Conservation Contractors

Matthew Laine

Each month Pro Arb’s apprenticeship feature showcases a young person starting out in the arboriculture industry. This month, we meet Matthew Laine. What is your name and age? Matthew Laine, 24. What is your role within Conservation Contractors Ltd? I’m the apprentice arborist here. Why did you choose arboriculture? My previous jobs included working on tug boats in Portsmouth and spending time on a tall ship for six months. I then moved to Wiltshire where I was land locked, and I realised I wanted a job outside in the elements that was as challenging as boating. Arboriculture seemed my best bet. Did you go to college? If so, where and what qualifications did…

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Ancient Tree Column – The Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree


Each month we feature an ancient British tree. This month the Ancient Tree Forum introduces us to the Tolpuddle Martyrs tree. It was under this sycamore tree in Dorset that six agricultural labourers, who later became known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs, met in 1834 to form the first trade union in Britain. It was very common at that time for meetings to take place under village trees and the sycamore on the green in Tolpuddle would already have been a good size. The struggle of the Tolpuddle six to improve the conditions and wages of their fellow farmworkers led to their arrest and the men were charged…

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The Ancient Tree Column – Copper Beech Tree

Ancient Tree

Each month we feature an ancient British tree.  is month the Ancient Tree Forum introduces us to the Copper beech tree, St John’s Churchyard, Frome The old copper beech in St John’s churchyard is a distinctive natural landmark, much-loved by many local residents of the Somerset town of Frome. Brackets of a Ganoderma fungus are highly visible and the tree is hollowing naturally through the slow decay of the heartwood. This releases locked up nutrients that the tree can recycle to its benefit. With all its decaying wood and other veteran features, the St John’s beech has great biodiversity due to the range of habitats it provides…

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