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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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      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…

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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…

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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…

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    • Matthew Laine

      Apprenticeships – Matthew Laine – Conservation Contractors

      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…

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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…

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      The Ancient Tree Column – Copper Beech 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…

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      Visiting Vermeer

      Pro Arb visited the head office of Vermeer EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) in the Netherlands to meet regional manager Stephan Oppelaar, marketing specialist Pim Nolting and solutions specialist Jasper De Smit along with the managing director of Vermeer UK, Leslie Goodman Vermeer was established in 1948 by Gary Vermeer, an…

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    • Annie Price

      Apprenticeships – Annie Price – High Elms Tree Surgery

      Each month Pro Arb’s apprenticeship feature showcases a young person starting out in the arboriculture industry. This month, we meet Annie Price What is your name, age and job title? Annie Price, 21, apprentice tree surgeon. And why did you chose arboriculture as your profession? I love working outdoors. The work is exciting, every day is different…

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      Messenger Tag

      Electronic tags combined with a smartphone app and central database give arborists the information they need to get every detail right. Mark Chester of PINE Technology explains how The management of trees within the urban forest has been in the headlines in recent years. Young trees face so many challenges on the journey to becoming established. Once…

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    • Martin Gammie

      Service Delivery in Arboriculture part two: Collaborative working – Martin Gammie

      Martin Gammie discusses how we can work with other disciplines to achieve a sustainable urban treescape Last month we considered the need to change the way we engage with our clients and how this might influence the effectiveness of the services we provide. Now I want venture beyond the world of arboriculture. I have given…

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    • Steve Clarke

      Sell the sizzle, not the sausage – Steve Clarke

      Steve Clarke explains that your customers don’t just care about the size of your widgets My wife and I are about to take on a great project and build our own place, meaning country living half mile down a rough road. We have one grandchild with a second on the way. And then of course there’s Trevor,…

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    • Vickers

      A Guide to assisted felling: Part one – Using an offset system – David Vickers

      In our brand new series, David Vickers looks at how to set up an assisted felling system to give greater control of the felling direction and to remain safe Using ropes and winches to assist with felling trees is fairly common, especially with boundary trees such as those on woodland edges. Such trees will have…

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    • Jon Ives

      Impact and implications of Chalara – Jon Ives

      Jon Ives explores a number of the consequences and potential interventions where ash dieback disease is present The arrival of ash dieback disease three years ago alerted professionals and the wider public to yet another exotic disease threatening our native tree population. Unfortunately, what distinguishes Chalara from many other imported pests and diseases is that it cannot be treated…

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    • Jonathan Hazell

      There’s no shame in being an employee – Jonathan Hazell

      Regular work bringing regular cash or independence and the opportunity to plough your own furrow. Jonathan Hazell examines the pros and cons of being an employee I have found a certain stigma among tree workers concerning the prospect of joining a business as an employee but I do not understand why, despite the variety of reasons…

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