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    Army to Arborist!?

    Hello - just wanted to clear up a bit of the confusion surrounding Kingswood / TreeHouse Training name. Richard retired last December. Kingswood is now run as a collective by Tony Lucas, Michele Holmes, Jim Chatton in Sevenoaks, Kent and Andy Green in Surrey. All the same trainers/office staff/sites etc. We have a new Barn in Sevenoaks, just off the A21 and still offer all of the same courses, including 4-week combination start up course, along with some exciting new courses: PTI, BTI +F, UA, PA and First Aid (EFAW & +F). We apologise for any confusion caused regarding the TreeHouse name (purely legal reasons), but we are one in the same. Kingswood / TreeHouse. www.kingswoodtraining.com We look forward to hearing from you all soon! Thanks The Kingswood TreeHouse Team
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    block and strop

    The VTIO article Ben refers to above gives some really useful, in-depth information for those who want to really understand the forces invloved in various rigging scenarios. Kingswood.
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    block and strop

    Hi I have tried to attach the article Paul is referring to although I admit to knowing much less about computers than rigging. If it isn't attached I could email it to someone else to attach if it would help. This thread is covering a hugely complex subject, but here are some very basic rules: 1. Know the Minimum Breaking Load (MBL) of your rope, and divide it by 10 to get the Safe Working Load (SWL). 2. All other parts of the system must have a Higher SWL, in the configuration that they are used. 3. This means that top anchor points must have TWICE the SWL of the rope, even when there is no shockload. 4. Use log mass charts and species conversion factors to get an accurate weight for the log. 5. Current wisdom suggests that you should allow for 30% inaccuracy in this figure. 6. If you can't pre-tension the rope to prevent a shockload, you must let the load run on the capstan. 7. Letting the load run is essential when topping down a stem, because experiment has shown that the load imposed on the top anchor point can be 11 TIMES the weight of the log! 8. Any shockload in the system will massively reduce the weight of the log that can be safely removed. 9. More rope in the sytem is better. It is essential to understand whether the figures on your kit are kg or kn, and whether they are MBLs or SWLs. The ratios between the two (known as the safety factor) are 10:1 for ropes, 7:1 for slings and 5:1 for metal equipemnt. I don't know of any rope system in current use that could safely lower a 1 ton log, even without a shockload. This is not intended as a lesson in rigging - just a pointer to the way rigging should be approached. There is no subject in Tree Surgery where decent training is more crucial - this is not an ad - do it anywhere with a good reputation - just do it! Hope this helps. Kingswood Rigging for richard.pdf
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    Arb and Forestry Event pics and comments

    Many thanks to our many loyal friends and visitors, a lot of whom come a very long way to meet up and shoot the breeze. Great to see you all again. Fantastic effort by Justin and his team in extremely difficult circumstances - thank you to everyone for their help in so many ways. This really is a team effort - your support is much appreciated. Richard
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    Loler tester

    Hi Yes, we are looking at running another Loler Inspectors course in a couple of months, so call the office or email if it's of interest. Cheers Richard
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    Assessors - please read

    I would like to let you know about a new forum that has been set up to facilitate discussions between instructors and assessors in the Land Based sector. The forum moderator is Paul Elcoat, and he will welcome applications to join from any Lantra instructor or Nptc Assessor. The forum is hosted on LinkedIn (World's Largest Professional Network | LinkedIn). If you are not familiar with it, LinkedIn is like a business version of Facebook. You will need to create a profile for yourself, which can be extremely basic, and then use the Group Search facility in the toolbar and search for 'Land Based Assessor'. You need to apply to Paul Elcoat to join. Please take a few minutes to do this - the more members there are in the forum, the more useful it will be to all concerned. It will, for the first time, give assessors and instructors a united voice when dealing with Nptc and Lantra. Please also pass this invitation on to all your Instructor/Assessor contacts - hopefully in this way awareness of the forum will spread rapdily and we will soon achieve a powerful lobby group. There are big changes planned in the near future, and this forum will allow our voice to be heard. Best regards Richard
  7. ps im looking for a chipper if you know anything ie Timberwolf 190 or similar mate

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    Been to Jonsies show.....

    Many, many thanks to all involved - too many to mention individually - for their great efforts in making this show by far the best yet. Thanks also to all our visitors, especially those who travelled many hundreds of miles to join us - Justin and I really appreciate your support. It was great to meet you all and put faces to names - we know that without you, we wouldn't have a show. Thanks also to our many loyal exhibitors - you are just as important - we hope you did good business. Congratulations to all of our competition winners, except Ritchie Rule who beat my score by one point in the axe-throwing! No seriously, well done mate. We are already making plans for an even bigger and better show next year - with so much support and goodwill we are confident it will grow and grow. Rich.
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    The Arb and Forestry Event 2011

    A quick word from your host! We have been busy preparing the site, and making all the arrangements necessary for another really successful show. Andy and I will run a Rigging talk / Demo around lunchtime on both days, carefully arranged near the bar so that you can get a pint, sit down and take it easy for half an hour. We look forward to seeing many old friends again and making a lot of new ones - all are very welcome, from newbies to old timers. We particularly enjoy meeting guys (and girls) that have trained here and have gone on to have succesful careers in this industry. Business is all about networking - what better place to do it than round a fire with a pint of beer? As far as we at Kingswood are concerned the opportunity to network and the social side of the show are at least as important as the lectures and products on sale. Most importantly, many thanks to Justin for his initiative in getting the show up and running, and getting it recognised as one of the important events in the Arb year. Justin and Eileen and the rest of the team at FR Jones work incredibly hard to make the show what it is - interesting, family friendly, successful and safe. If you value having a show in the South East, then please come and support it - the overall success of the show depends on you. We look forward to welcoming you all. Kingswood.
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    cs41 is it worth having

    It is in any serious tree surgeons interest to get cs41, and there are several good reasons: 1. It will enable you to work faster and safer. 2. It will give you the confidence to take on jobs that others may hesitate to undertake. 3. It will help to ensure that if something goes wrong, your insurance will pay out. 4. It gives you increased credibility. Any good instructor will deliver an interesting course which goes well beyond the assessment criteria, and it does not have to involve a lot of maths. You should come away with a huge amount of practical ideas that will transform the way most people operate. In my opinion it is one of the easier nptc assessments. It requires you to remove 3 branches (1 tip tie, 1 butt tie, 1 cradled), and chog 4 pieces off a standing stem (2 by hand, 2 lowered). We usually run it as a 3 day course, and I think it probably offers the best value of any course we run. It is certainly our favourite course to teach because the feedback, even from experienced arborists, is always very positive. I am not flying the company flag here, there are several places where you will get an interesting and worthwhile course on this subject. Richard
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    Kilimanjaro - a serious challenge.

    We booked with Hoopoe Safaris in Arusha. I couldn't fault them - all the kit was in good condition, and they even supplied thick sleeping bags with liners and proper(ish) pillows! The food was always good (except the porridge), and the porters were outstanding - helpful and friendly without exception.
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    Kilimanjaro - a serious challenge.

    Yes, it's 5,895m which is about 19,400 feet. It was great fun, and strangely enough it wasn't the exertion that was the problem, but the intense cold. Minus 25C doesn't sound too bad, but the air is so thin you are forced to walk extremely slowly, so you don't generate any body heat. One day we walked for 5 hours without stopping, and averaged 1/4 of a mile an hour. It's actually more of a mental than a physical challenge - just keeping going when your body has really had enough.
  13. As my 50th birthday present to myself I decided to have a go at climbing Kilimanjaro. It is the worlds highest free-standing mountain, and is over 2/3rds the height of Everest. It is also on the Equator, so it is blazingly hot at the bottom and bitingly cold at the top. I kept a photo journal of the trip, and have been talked into posting it on here as an article of general interest. I certainly recommend it - it was a brilliant experience - but don't underestimate it! Any comments, questions or general banter would be welcome. Richard. Kili Journal.docx
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    Fatal chainsaw accident

    I echo the sentiments already expressed - it was very sad news indeed. It must be comforting for Ken and Tori that everyone is pulling together and not making uninformed judgements. If any good can come of this let it be that we remember that what our families want more than anything else is that we come home safe at night. Richard at Kingswood.


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