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Paul Barton

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  • Birthday 12/06/1980

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    Worcester
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    Rowing, cycling, diving, fine ales
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    Arboriculturist
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    Worcester
  1. sheffield trees

    Good point Gary, but I think he is saying that as the surveyors for this CAVAT report were non-arb trained volunteers, instead of expecting them to make a sound judgment he just applied standard depreciations. It's quite a broad-brushed approach that obviously limits the confidence in the final valuations given. However, as a starter for ten using a respected published method, it's not bad.
  2. Interview.

    Congratulations. What's the role?
  3. Fungi id please

    I’d have a stab at Phaeolus schweinitzii
  4. RPA for a pollard

    Top class reply Julian! One thing about the 'RPA' is that is not intended to necessarily represent the extent of roots. Although I see some logic in the root:shoot ratio theory, it doesn't allow for those roots that perhaps by necessity due to soil conditions, track an awfully long way from the stem in order to exploit available soil moisture. I.e. if the soil in close proximity is moist and nutritious then the tree may have a fairly compact and fibrous root morphology, but if conditions are not so good a tree will throw out exploratory roots for some distance. We've all seen roots tracking under roads and footpaths etc. So if the RPA can't even come close to describing the radial spread of roots, it must be more about a sufficient volume of soil that is required to sustain the tree. As Julian says, this means that soil depth is pretty critical. If the soil is only 50cm deep before rock, then we should all be doubling the radius of RPAs as I recall the BS5837 radial RPA is based on a 1m depth! Going back to the original question, is it reasonable to estimate that a pollarded tree will need less soil volume than a full-crowned tree. Well, yes I think it is but perhaps only temporarily as pollards tend to produce prolific foliage to re-instate the root-shoot ratio. Research in to heavy pruning/pollarding to reduce water demand in subsidence prone areas shows that water uptake is resumed to previous levels in just two-three years after cutting so unless a tree is pollarded very frequently to control it, presumably root activity continues. Julian - your observations about incremental thickening of pollards is very interesting. I don't have any stumps or cross-sections to dispute your point, but I do recall hearing a talk a few years ago from Mr Barrell where he showed some slides of some small pollards in a church yard - the assumption was they were quite young as their stems were slender but when they were felled they were found to be really quite old. Maybe a long-term regime of pollarding does reduce incremental thickening? Or maybe those trees were just growing in poor soils and had somehow struggled on for more than a century!
  5. RPA for a pollard

    Look, I'm easily confused at the best of times so don't taunt me with your mind-boggling scenarios!!
  6. RPA for a pollard

    I commonly adjust the shape of RPAs due to ground conditions, but rarely reduce the overall size of an RPA due to crown size. I think your logic is pretty sound though - it follows that a small crown will require less moisture and soil nutrition to sustain it, and certainly large anchorage roots will be less than for a full-crowned tree. That said, the opposite thinking prevails when it comes to veteran and ancient trees. These often have small, retrenched crowns but the standing advice from Natural England and the FC is that the RPAs should be enlarged! They're not really comparable situations though
  7. Best place to get CRB checks from.

    We use ucheck. They seem fine.
  8. How specifically can you reasonably determine tree age?

    If you have a resistance drill (eg Resistograph) of high enough resolution the reading will show annual rings. As long as the drill bit can penetrate the entire radius that could give you useful information.
  9. Tree Of Life. BBC1. 11/02/18. 5:00pm

    Nice one Timon. I bet you were praying hard that fell went right 😀 Respect for telling your inspiring story.
  10. Tree Of Life. BBC1. 11/02/18. 5:00pm

    Nice one! Will have a watch.
  11. It’s possible. If there is water and oxygen down there then yes. I’ve heard of instances in London where roots have been found down to around 5 metres.
  12. Open Space Arboriculture - Urban tree conservation videos

    Superb! Did you choose a high-line because it was easier and cheaper than a MEWP? Or just cos it’s way cooler?!
  13. Tree Officer Oxfordshire County Council

    Sounds like a great opportunity to work in a nice area!
  14. Residential Extension Proposal - TPO

    It’s fair enough for the council to ask for a report despite the foundations being outside of notional RPAs - there are plenty of other ways trees can be damaged during construction other than directly by excavating for foundations. Perhaps get some more quotes for the report if £800 seems a bit much for what could be quite a simple report.
  15. SIA- the tree pulling test/theory

    These seem great - I’ve looked in to them in the last. The only thing that put me off was relying on wind speed data from a local weather station which could actually be quite different accounting for gusts and shelter. Do you use an anemometer placed nearby? And do you interpret your own data or send it away for analysis? I’m keen to know how ‘user friendly’ these are.

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