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Here we have a roadside Willow from back in 2008.
 
It's colonised by Laetiporus sulphureus aka - Sulphur Polypore.
 
Due to the presence of the fruiting bodies on the scaffolds, we carried out a 20% canopy reduction to reduce the load on the branches.
 
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So wanted to share a little project I have been involved in for 5 years or so now. The scenario is a 6-acre native broadleaf woodland which was planted up around 25 years ago. For the main purposes of habitat creation and to speed up the process of  the making woods a richer, diverse habitat we have been pollarding a proportion of trees each winter.
 
I split the the woods into 12 compartments and pollard roughly 50% of the trees in each compartment/winter. Targetting the trees with inferior timber potential and leaving the better ones to become standards. All arisings are dead hedged to create more deadwood habitat and develop soil quality. Survival rate is around 90% and the 10% dead adds more valuable deadwood.
 
Its been a great playground for practising and experiments an array techniques. This winter we got even more creative than ever creating coronet cut pollards, rip cuts, bored out cavities and partially broken off limbs. One of the lads got to practice his first few coronet cuts which he did a bloody goog job of. Basically, anything that might increase aerial deadwood and habitat is fair game!
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Arborists required for immediate start.
 
We are currently recruiting staff form the above position.
 
Candidates should be hardworking, self-motivated and enthusiastic.
 
Minimum Climber & Team Leader requirements:
NPTC CS30,31,38 & 39
Drivers licence
 
Minimum Ground Staff requirements:
NPTC CS30&31
 
Additional qualifications which are preferable, but not essential, as training will be given:
Drivers Licence (with towing)
Emergency First Aid at Work
Woodchipper
PA1 & PA6
Brushcutter
CS40 and/or CS41
 
Excellent rates of pay, pension scheme, paid holiday, PPE and high quality kit.
 
Please apply via email to toby.keyworth@shawyers.com or call 07875 070811
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Following on from the free lance thread....
 
First expect to pay yourself below the minimum wage for al least the first 5 years. Work your nuts off all day then get home and spend all evening quoting, writing up quotes TPO applications etc... Keep your phone on always, expect calls anytime of the day or week.
 
Get used to messing up quotes and finding that you are going to have to do that HORRIBLE ivy clad tree over the conservatory and end up making sod all...
 
Be ready to wait for payments, some times months, especially the jobs for big commercial clients who needed it doing yesterday and made you jump though hoops before you got the job. Be ready for turning up on site to find the job being done by another outfit, or have already been done and the customer forgot to tell you.. Be prepared to turn up on site to do a simple job and have to spend half the day waiting for pointless inductions, or to be sent home because you don't all have your cscs cards.
 
Enjoy the drive halfway across town to look at a "huge" tree (20 min job), with a client comparing your price with the 12 other tree surgeons they had found in the yellow pages. Except that someone can do the job cheaper!
 
If you do well and manage to get a half decent reputation you will need to take on staff to help do the work. Once you do that expect kit to last half as long as when you looked after it yourself.. Jobs take longer then when you did them. Saws are no longer EVER sharp. Your role changes and you spend more time running around fixing issues caused by others mess-ups. Land rovers stuck after warning them NOT to go go there, weaved oak fence panels broken (costing £200 each).
 
Learn to become a manager, cope with staff being amazing when you are on site, but as soon as you leave they end up sitting in truck. Deal with their sulks and squabbles, organise jobs so you have people with the right mixture of skills and personalities..
 
Then have your plans thrown out the window because someone, overslept/is ill/forgot/has a funeral/wife is poorly/hungover, car wouldn't start, etc...
 
Pay your employees for holidays, for wet days, days when the truck broke down and all there PPE and training... Remember that your staff/freelancers expect to be paid regularly even though you may not be paid for months.
 
Expect stuff to break all the time chippers, trucks, saws. Get used to spending money; repair bills, insurance, advertising, replacement kit.. Live with the worry when work goes quiet that you will have to let people go, and that someone could hurt themselves when doing a job you have sent them on...
 
And then as your work changes from doing what you loved (climbing trees) realise that you are going to get fat as now all you do is drive round and look at trees..
 
Would I change it......? .
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I've started a petition to encourage the government to legislate to improve the availability of winter and all season tyres. This would be coupled with their mandatory usage over the colder months. 
 
https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-all-tyres-sold-in-the-uk-must-be-all-season/nftexp/ex43/control/174691789?recruiter=174691789&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_for_starters_page.nafta_milestone_share_ask_1.72_hour_ask&utm_content=ex43%3Acontrol
 
The difference in grip between summer and all season tyres on ice and snow is enormous. Any vehicle on summer tyres in the snow is fundamentally unsafe. 
 
If you feel the same and would like to improve road safety in a way that costs nothing (all season tyres cost no more than summer tyres), please sign my petition!
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as the title suggests...........
 
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Hello chaps, looking for a climber to help out from time to time. Based in solihull near Birmingham. 
 
Send  your details if you’re interested to :- info@redwoodtreecare.co.uk
 
or give me a call on 07702408307
 
thanks pete 
 
 
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You'll never see these again! Ever!
 
Online deals only - ends midnight Sunday - no calling Monday
 
https://www.chainsawbars.co.uk/?s=Black+Friday&submit=Search&post_type=product
 
 
 
 
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Here you go mate. Think it'll be easier if I do them a couple at a time!!
 
Equipment for whipping. Scissors or knife, Flat pliers, needle and twine and Sail makers palm.
 
Cut about 5 hand spans worth of twine and thread the needle, doubling it up
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Are you an Arborist interested in working in New Zealand?
Our client  is a leader in tree maintenance and vegetation control throughout New Zealand. They are currently hiring arborists with varying levels of experience to work in the city of Auckland.
On offer :
•    A professional Work Environment
•    Job security, training and support
•    A competitive salary - pay rates for arborists range from $21 per hour to $29, depending on skills and experience.
•    A great team spirit and company social culture
•    Financial assistance with relocating and establishing in New Zealand.;
This would include  the first four week's accommodation paid for plus help with flight costs. Also support with the Visa process .
You will need:
•    Arboriculture qualifications
•    Minimum 2 years’ experience in arboriculture
•    Good communication and people skills
•    An excellent safety record
 
For more information please contact admin@ctcrecruitment.co.uk or call 01743 344466 quoting reference 1711-2

 
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Tree Surgeon Required £750 a week paye 28 days hols, pension,regular money. It's top money for a top climber, This would only suit someone who can lead the work and carry out all forms of tree surgery to a high standard.  Must have a selection of tickets and be experienced, have good people skills, willing to do overtime and be flexible and reliable.  Must be able to do rigging, felling, sectioning, shaping etc.Ring Dick on 07740741712 or 01638717947 message me or email. D.M. Tree and Landscape Contractors Ltd  
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A thread to place information about trees that we come into contact with, that have health implications.
 
There was a recent thread on the effects of fig trees,
but i thought perhaps a single thread to keep them at hand as a heads up.
 
This recently occured to one of our team members.
 
Umbellularia californica aka Californian bay laurel, Headache tree.
 
I've known (and suffered from) it inducing headaches whilst working on and crushing the leaves, but I didn't know that the leaf oil can be volatile & toxic especially when exposed to the sun.
 
The team were removing a few of the ones in the shot below and had eye protection, gloves & face masks on to guard against the scent issue but being a sunny day, this was the result of wearing t-shirts.
 
Be advised to cover up !
 
 
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A thread to place information about trees that we come into contact with, that have health implications.
 
There was a recent thread on the effects of fig trees,
but i thought perhaps a single thread to keep them at hand as a heads up.
 
This recently occured to one of our team members.
 
Umbellularia californica aka Californian bay laurel, Headache tree.
 
I've known (and suffered from) it inducing headaches whilst working on and crushing the leaves, but I didn't know that the leaf oil can be volatile & toxic especially when exposed to the sun.
 
The team were removing a few of the ones in the shot below and had eye protection, gloves & face masks on to guard against the scent issue but being a sunny day, this was the result of wearing t-shirts.
 
Be advised to cover up !
 
 
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Interesting Biomechanics
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Veteran trees, extreme weather and habitat benefits Looking back on October 1987
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Arborist required in Surrey.
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Unimogs rock thread
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the beauty of standing deadwood
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Contract: Full Time

Based: Ely, Cambridgeshire

Area of Operation: East Anglia

Salary: NEG (Dependent on experience)

 

 

Haine Tree Services are currently have an opportunity for an experienced arborist to join our busy, growing team.

 

Established in 2008, we undertake arboricultural works both in the Commercial and Domestic sector, working for many private individuals as well as Local Authorities and Public Sector clients and continue to grow and expand, achieving Arboricultural Association Approved Contractor status in July 2017.

 

 

Due to continued growth and demand locally we are currently seeking an arborist to join our small and dynamic team working within our busy and vibrant company.

As an experienced climber you shall be confident and suitably able to lead a squad, and be responsible for day-to-day running of work sites, interfacing with clients in a professional and courteous manner based from our yard near Ely in Cambridgeshire.

 

You should have the following qualifications as a minimum:

NPTC CS30, NPTC CS31, NPTC CS38, NPTC CS39, NPTC CS40, NPTC CS41, EFAW +F (or equivalent)

 

Other desirable qualifications include NPTC CS32, NPTC CS35, NPTC Chipper, HGV and professional qualification in Arboriculture, but are not essential.

 

You should have a minimum of three years experience working in a similar or equivalent role.

 

In exchange for the above, we are able to offer favourable terms of employment on a full time contract.

 

Remuneration for this position is negotiable and shall be dependent upon experience.

 

For more information regarding this role, and to apply, please write in confidence to info@hainetreeservices.co.uk for the attention of the Commercial Manager including details of experience and current CV.

 

Haine Tree Services Ltd are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

 

 

 

 

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Does anyone know of any sites that list legitimate tip sites around the uk?
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Ivy is a plant that attracts strong opinions, especially when arborists are asked to consider its impact on trees and their ecology. Andrew Cowan considers some of the common arguments for and against ivy, while also looking at the influence of climate change on the natural balance of arboreal ecosystems.


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collection of my vids on youtube.
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Arborists get a lot of practice studying the crown, the upper tree. Studying the lower tree is less familiar, but the upper tree cannot stand without the lower tree, so it’s worth the time to inspect it carefully. I was privileged to chair the US subgroup that wrote Part 8 of the ANSI A300 Tree Care Standard, which covers trunk, flare and root inspection. I’d like to describe it to arborists in other countries, in the hope that their standards will someday adopt and perhaps improve upon it. I’ll also refer to the German ZTV standard, which inspired our work on inspection. The first requirement is for arborists to consider the owner’s goals in the light of what tree care can and cannot do, and establish the objective. The ZTV’s objective, “Provide maximum vitality health and safety of trees” is a good start but there may be other objectives to add, such as increasing wildlife habitat and shade. Once the owner and arborist agree, it’s time to write specifications – “a detailed, measurable plan or proposal for meeting the objective.”




 




 
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Ok lets see if we can all come up with one good usefull tip, should be a good usefull thread!
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