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    • Major Oak

      The Ancient Tree Column – Major Oak

      Each month we feature an ancient British tree.  This month the Ancient Tree Forum introduces us to the Major Oak Perhaps the most famous tree in the UK, the Major Oak has inspired countless tales and probably an even greater number of children to dress up as Robin Hood. The tree is one of…

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    • Chainsaws

      Focus On Chainsaws

      Dave Murison says when it comes to chainsaws, the leading manufacturers are the ones to turn to. Here he picks his all-time favourites Saw subject When buying a chainsaw there are so many manufacturers to choose from it’s hard to know where to start. There are a number of factors to consider including usage, build quality…

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    • Toms

      An interview with Andy Toms & Darren Kilby, Gristwood & Toms Ltd

      Andy Toms and Darren Kilby of Gristwood and Toms, the UK’s largest arb company, told Pro Arb about the growth, structure, procedures and future of the company What are your roles in the company? Andy Toms: I’m the managing director and my responsibility is ensuring we win enough work to keep everybody going and…

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    • Jon Heuch

      Valuation of amenity trees – Jon Heuch

      In the second of a two-part series, arboricultural consultant Jon Heuch considers the past and the future of the monetary valuation of trees In 2015 house prices and land values are ten times what they were in 1980, far outstripping the retail price index. So by 2006, the estimates produced by the Helliwell system appeared to be increasingly…

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    • Jonathan Hazell

      Client ready product – Jonathan Hazell

      Impressing clients is about how you present yourself and your work, explain. Jonathan Hazell. Here he outlines the steps you need to take to be client ready In the February issue of Pro Arb I wrote about the three key steps to successful project management: define, design, deliver. Another of my mantras is also a three-word…

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    • Vickers

      Using mechanical advantage… to our advantage – David Vickers

      “Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the earth.” Dave Vickers of Drivelink Training explains how Archimedes’ boast is relevant to arborists Using ropes and pulleys is common in the arboriculture and forestry industry, whether for rigging, vehicle debogging or assisting with a fell. There appears to be some mystique…

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    • Jon Heuch

      Valuation of amenity trees – Jon Heuch

      In the first of a two part series, arboricultural consultant Jon Heuch considers the past and the future of the monetary valuation of trees Until around 2006 if a UK based arborist had been asked to provide a monetary valuation of a tree there would have been only one approach, based on what is known as the Helliwell…

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    • Rick Milsom

      Tree planting and street trees – Rick Milsom

      As an arboricultural officer for Southend-on-Sea, Rick Milsom is perfectly placed to cast light on the work of tree officers working for local authorities As part of routine street tree management, some trees inevitably require removal at some stage for whatever reason and it is usually desirable to replace them. We have various species of tree which have…

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    • Steve Clarke

      Listen up – it’s story time! – Steve Clarke

      Steve Clarke on converting prospects into customers through stories they can relate to There is nothing more natural than listening to or delivering a compelling story. A story that is intriguing and one that creates excitement, particularly one that stirs up the emotions. Why is that important to you? The vast majority of buying decisions are driven…

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    • Jonathan Hazell

      The arb industry’s code of practice – Jonathan Hazell

      Not a law enforcement app, but a vital source of safety information for arborists. Jonathan Hazell outlines why you must read ICoP: Tree Work At Height In February the Industry Code of Practice for Arboriculture: Tree Work at Height (ICoP) was published by the Arboricultural Association with the assistance of the HSE and sponsorship and support from…

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    • R2

      R2: Competence Matters

      R2 is an online tool allowing you to demonstrate competence to potential customers in terms of skills, knowledge and experience Tree care businesses and arboricultural operatives are being encouraged to demonstrate competence through skills and experience, not merely through a fist full of tickets. This is thanks to a new online skills register for the industry. There has been…

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