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John Hancock

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About John Hancock

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    Senior Member, Raffle sponsor 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Birthday 02/10/69

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    Trees, cycling and our lovely countryside.
  • Occupation
    Lecturer in Arboriculture at Pershore College, Worcestershire
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  1. Today’s Sunset

    Sometimes I wonder what this Oak is screaming.....any suggestions?
  2. Meetings with remarkable trees, the Arbtalk version

    Four fingered Ash, Bredon Hill, Worcestershire
  3. Chicken of the woods?

    Yep, sure is
  4. Today’s Sunset

    Not one from today, or yesterday but thought it worthy of sharing....hope you all know the species ;-)
  5. Please, someone, water me!

    Update – After contacting Wychavon District Council it turns out that the house builders were Bovis, contacted Bovis who said the trees will be replaced in the autumn and will then be looked after by a ‘contractor’. Money well spent then!
  6. Freelander versus Terrano

    On that budget I'd go for a Discovery TD5, great workhorse plus you can get a hell of a lot in the back if you fold the seats down for a trip to the tip!
  7. Please, someone, water me!

    I've just messaged the local authority, should have an answer by tomorrow...
  8. Please, someone, water me!

    There is clearly one for mowing the lawn - Priorities eh!?
  9. Please, someone, water me!

    This new housing development was built and completed recently opposite where I live and is a great example of the little to no aftercare given to newly planted trees. Why is no consideration given to watering and aftercare to these trees? Every house is now occupied and it’s obvious given the state of the trees that the residents don’t care. The landscape contractor has completed their contract, so they don’t care and it’s pretty obvious that the local authority doesn’t care either. Planning permission was applied for and given, as part of that permission ‘X’ number of trees would have been stipulated to be planted on the new development, surely the developer has an obligation to water and maintain these trees for at least two years? I wouldn’t say it breaks my heart but it does make me mad seeing this repeated time and time again all over the country, it seems as long as trees are just stuck in the ground and left to fend for themselves, everyone is happy!?
  10. Tree Topping - Really?

    Apologies if this has been posted before, I think this raises so many questions….
  11. Inonotus hispidus?

    Extremely likely!
  12. R.I.P Theocus David Shepherd

    I attended Dave’s funeral today, as you can imagine, it was a very emotional affair, many thanks to Paul Barton for keeping me company and putting up with my singing! Dave’s climbing helmet was placed on his coffin and Three Little Birds by Bob Marley was played as he entered Tewkesbury Abbey, which was full, not a spare seat in the house. Recessional was Let her go, by Passenger. Today was a gloriously hot day, the sun shone, so I cycled to the funeral in full cycling regalia, Dave was an avid cyclist so hopefully he wouldn’t have minded. The Wellingtonia located in the Abbey grounds (which Dave climbed many-a-time) looked splendid in the summer sunshine. A wonderful, emotional and fitting send-off, R.I.P David Shephard.
  13. Gobsmacked

    The original post has been taken down now *no surprises there! It does represent a monumental PR gaff though, Amey apologised, stating it was a ‘stock image’ and was not meant to be posted.
  14. Future Arborists

    Busy day Saturday, we had an open day here at Pershore College, good to see so much interest from the youngsters!
  15. Pershore College Arboriculture - Images

    Cheers Ian, that's very kinds, obviously my job has changed a little, different kind of pictures but will do my best!


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