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I get a bit bored of looking for relevant threads to add images and thoughts to these days, so I thought I would just have one almighty great thread of my weekly or daily discoveries, finds, thoughts and general insane drivel:lol:

 

So from here in reductions, fungi, body languages, tree survey/assessments and all that is encompassed in my daily obsession/working life shall be located here.

 

This is partly down to the need to step back my time on here as things are taking orf a bit for me and I need to focus and get my head into some hardcore books again. Which brings me to the bookclub which of course I will always be around for and is self running rather well as it was always intended to be, and big up respect for all those who have played the game fair and square. :thumbup:

 

Finally thanks to you all for the support, respect and entertainment at times, and especially for all the friendships I have made along the way, you guys and girls are just priceless:thumbup1:

 

oh and one last thing, I was made aware that some individuals feel awckward about asking me for help, because of this rather ridiculous status that some seem to have attached to me.

 

Now listen up, I am Tony, im just an arb, I am a freelance arborist as well as a full time employee, if you want to hire me for some random job, whatever it is, this guns for hire! In fact the more random the more interesting for me! Ive had some really random/odd job requests of late and have to say, its all been rather interesting. Meeting new people, teaching, chatting and generally getting involved is what makes me a happy chap/arb, so you have my e mail at the bottom, you know how to find me.

 

I have to make a living like the rest of you so I am always thankful for opportunities, from presenting on P and D issues, ageing ancient Oaks to freelance climbing jobs, tree surveys/assessments, even ecological work, its all within my remits and well within my capabilities.

 

So dont be shy, there really is no need, im as humble as they come and find this "hama"thing/reputation all rather hilarious, but it is flattering too, I would be a lier if I said I didnt enjoy it! I was uncomfortable at first but I am getting used to it! a little too used to it probably so feel free to argue and knock me down a peg or two from time to time, I have been known to be wrong on occasions! shhhhh:lol:

 

Now, lets get to it, got lots of pics for you lot today I will get me tea sorted and get downloading!

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Great, can't wait to see some of your fellin and dismantling pictures. ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only kidding mate, good luck to you whereever that path may lead.

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Great, can't wait to see some of your fellin and dismantling pictures. ;)

 

Only kidding mate, good luck to you whereever that path may lead.

 

Ha ha, I will leave that side of things to you guys, its your thing and we all have our buzz, maybe in the future us arbs will refine our approach and specialise.

 

It works for thee and me, we work for the same client, you do your thing, and I do mine, maybe thats the future?:thumbup1:

 

And thanks fella:001_cool:

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You sound like an interesting guy. I instruct foundation degree arb students at Plumpton college in east Sussex. Would be good to get a talk/presentation from you at some point. It seems you specialise in P & Ds so that would be a good topic to go over with them.

 

Sam

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Tony you dont need me to wish you luck, you have the skills to pay the bills and thats without doubt :thumbup1:

All I would say is get a new carb for the 200 :laugh1:

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This chestnut has an obvious cause for the helical growth, a heavy lean and complicated by limbs to one side increasing the load and twisting the fibres ever tighter. This is never going to be ideal form, if a tree like this is close to other trees that are being removed or heavily reduced consideration of altered winds must be considered. If we was to expose this tree to unaccustomed wind loading and it failed as a result a decent expert witness may find us liable for causing the failure even though we had no contact. Another one of those differences that sort a good arb from the rest.

 

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This lovely and very large Horse chestnut within 50 yds of the one above has been colonised by Rigidiporus ulmarius. I photographed this tree some years ago (2 at a guess) and the bracket has not grown noticeably. There appears to be a lot of compensation within the rootplate but this may well be simply optomisation according to the tensile triangles and proof of high vitality and vigour= low liabilities and low priorities in assesment IMO.:001_cool:

 

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This is a lovely group of very old Hawthorns around fifty trees all within grass.

 

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One of the Hawthorns which has been pollarded and also showing extensive brown rot by a commonly associated fungus, Laetiporus sulphureus. We can see in the right image that the root plate has significantly lifted, a partial failure? I believe what has happened here is that this tree was when full crowned subject to a full root plate failure, fell flat on its bottom and when the top was removed sat back down. I think they left it to see if it came back and here it is, pollarded and doing very well indeed, sometimes we just have to sit back and take a minute to see how things turn out:001_cool:

 

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Here another Oak (Q robur) colonised by yes you guessed it, Inonotus dryadeus, again shot this tree 2 years ago, so fruiting reliably, still standing and looking fine. Draw your own conclusions if you will.

 

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An absolutley stonking churchyard Cherry, pictures no justice at all, this was stunning.

 

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A lovely life belt on Quercus robur, a common scenario among tall/exposed trees grown in competition and absolutely no risks involved as this is a repair structure from minor buckling in an extreme event (wind loading)

 

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A hispidus induced limb failure and some wild Garlic

 

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just lovely images

 

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And finaly an oak that is in desperate need of some arb assitance, an over extended limb (phototropism) twisting of the fibres is evident in bark patterns indicating high stress at this oint and also indicating where and how the failure will present. Very predictable failure scenario, will probably be a slow twist fail and may even remain attached and hanging.

 

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You sound like an interesting guy. I instruct foundation degree arb students at Plumpton college in east Sussex. Would be good to get a talk/presentation from you at some point. It seems you specialise in P & Ds so that would be a good topic to go over with them.

 

Sam

 

Thanks Sam, I had a feeling you was a little more than average:thumbup1:

 

Tony you dont need me to wish you luck, you have the skills to pay the bills and thats without doubt :thumbup1:

All I would say is get a new carb for the 200 :laugh1:

 

ha ha ha still havent got one for it! lol thanks jammy, skills to pay the bills eah, like it.:thumbup:

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Ha ha, I will leave that side of things to you guys, its your thing and we all have our buzz, maybe in the future us arbs will refine our approach and specialise.

 

It works for thee and me, we work for the same client, you do your thing, and I do mine, maybe thats the future?:thumbup1:

 

And thanks fella:001_cool:

 

works for me with you coming in to do the specialist reduction work and for rich to specialise with the dismantling:thumbup1:good thread and great pics tony

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So in pic 1, if you fell all the other big trees, the 1 in the middle might be left a bit open to the wind.

And in the last pic, the big goofy branch might break, and if it does it will hang down.:confused1:

 

Glad your here Hammy, :thumbup:

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works for me with you coming in to do the specialist reduction work and for rich to specialise with the dismantling:thumbup1:good thread and great pics tony

 

thanks ben, and yes Everyones a winner, we all get a bit of work, we get to do what we do best and everyones happy, its all good:thumbup1:

 

you made that rocking horse yet?:biggrin:

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