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About Gnarlyoak

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  1. Send her a formal letter on business headed paper, asking her to provide you with her evidence so that you can forward it to your insurance company to enable them to process her claim for accidental damage. If you get the evidence, pass it on to your insurers & let them deal with. If, as I suspect she has no evidence to prove you caused the damage you'll probably hear nothing further. If she fails to provide evidence & continues to kick up a stink, send another letter on company headed paper to the committee her husband is on which sanctioned the works advising them that you will sue them for defamation if she does not cease & decist (spelling?). Might embarrass the husband to have a word. If the husband is on the committee, do you know if he was for or against the tree works. Maybe a call & chat with other committee members or chairperson might lead to a word in an ear that could nip it all in the bud?
  2. I'm all for equality and imancepation and as far as I know there has never in my 2 decades experience of tree work been any deliniation between menswear and ladies wear when it comes to ppe & kit save for the "pinking" in colour of the odd pulley or 'biner here and there. Suffice to say there is NO and never has been, any feminising of boots; trousers (type A or C); saucepans ( only joking) or anything else used kit wise in forestry and arb. If your tiny and skinny it's size small, if your a humongous fat bloater it's size XXXL. So from that point of view we have always been an equal opportunities employer. May I add from a strictly personal chauvinistic point of view, when it comes to clothing, less is always more ladies, less is always more..... 😚 (Yeah, I know, I know. I'm a Neanderthal, so says 2% of my genes, I don't do PC)
  3. No offence intended to OP, but don't see what the moral dilemma is here. If you don't strongly disagree with the way the application has been made, then do nothing! If you do disagree with the application then either openly or anonymously report the issue to to relevant LA and let them sort it out. Not sure why AT should be the arbiter of your moral compass. No one else here have either seen the trees or know the circumstances of the application and would thus be unable to salve your conscience. Sorry mate, it's your call. Go with your Spidey senses and listen to your gut. Remember "shit happens" because most people prefer to turn a blind eye than stand up & be counted! 😁
  4. KH Hire, in Leyland perhaps? Don't know if they do wee chippers but do do tracked and tow behinds. HSS hire could be a good port of call, branches everywhere, inc Bell Lane in Bury, if they don't have one in the local branch they could easily bring one in from another in Gtr.Mcr. area. They do do wee chippers but not sure if they'd do JoBeaus or CS100's
  5. Nice straight flush cut at base of the growth will allow you to remove it without adversely affecting the tree. If you have some hand shears or a pair of scissors then cut the grass down growing around the base of the tree as well while your at it. Even better if you consider removing the turf completely in a 0.5 - 1.0m radius around the tree and added a mulch in its place.
  6. A lift, thin & reduction done properly won't do any long term harm to the tree, limes are fairly tolerant, and will likely respond with vigorous regrowth. It may appease the neighbours for a short while, but you will probably, because of the regrowth response, have to have carry out further similar works every 3-5 years to keep it in check. You will probably have to move the greenhouse to keep the wife happy though. Pruning the lime will have limited benefits for your side of the fence unless you're prepared to fell the cherry tree at the same time. As that looks closer to the greenhouse and likely to be creating more shade than solely the lime but certainly in combination.
  7. Well if the wall can't go, then regrettably you'll have remove the tree I'm afraid. Over time if the tree survives it will push the wall over. Even creating a "well" around the base of tree by just removing the hardcore only will only put off the inevitable if the tree survives. You probably don't want to hear it now, but before the wall & driveway went in, it would have better to have tried to dug up & relocated the tree. But that wouldn't have been an easy task & would not have guaranteed the trees survival in the long run. But right now stuck between the wall & driveway, it's doomed & the clock is already ticking down. Sorry mate.
  8. Sorry but you have created a serious issue burying the stem by 2ft of hard core. Trees have a root flare zone, an area between the top of the root plate and the base of the trunk of the tree. By covering this up with a wall and compacted hard core you have covered this important area vital to the trees health and the tree will decline and eventually die. Creating a bridge over the roots might slow the decline, but burying the trunk by 2ft is a death sentence!
  9. Yep, crab apple cultivar (know not which, there are hundreds) with a wooly aphid infestation.
  10. Interesting little nugget you've highlighted there DtD. Seems that "Nicola" from HMRC's online help desk sold me a complete kipper about who was & was not eligible! Either that or she's been kept out of the loop on the Chancellor's need to know list.
  11. Just a cautionary note to any self employed freelancers considering making a claim under the governments Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant. I spoke earlier today (online) to an advisor at HMRC, to clarify my personal eligibility for this scheme and thought I would post the outcome here to just help clarify who should and shouldn't claim under this scheme, the deadline for which ends tonight for those that have already received notice from HMRC that they are eligible to apply. Now on paper this scheme appears to be offering free money in the form of a grant of 80% of your profit earnings based on the monthly average of your combined previous 3 years tax returns x 3. But there are caveats to this and if you do apply you must be able to demonstrate and show proof that you had a genuine loss of all or most of your expected earnings. Now having worked as a freelance climber for the past 10yrs I know sometimes my monthly turnover/earnings can fluctuate year on year but know that roughly speaking the annual amount turned over/earned balances out in the end. So try not to fall into the trap off thinking that because maybe half your work has dried up these last couple of months, you are perfectly entitled to claim HMRC's grant hand out. You are not. If you do and are caught out you will have to pay it back. Every penny. And probably pretty damn quick too less other penalties be imposed, I'm guessing. You can and should apply for this grant if you have lost all or most of your income since the lockdown was implemented in March, either because you were unable or unwilling to work. Not to be accused of finger pointing but just to put into context what unable/unwilling is meant in this example. Unable = No one was employing you: Unwilling = You're self isolating because you are in, or were looking after someone in the "at high risk" groups. You cannot and should not apply for this grant (and this it turned out was applicable to me personally) if you have still been actively working and making an income during the lockdown period thus far even if your turnover might be down slightly compared to the same period in previous years. Things have been a bit quieter than normal for me, probably down by about a third. But, I have worked and I have earned an income, I am therefore ineligible to apply for this grant. I admit to having a slight bit of a moral dilemma about considering to apply for this grant or not, on the one hand should I help bankrupt the economy whilst also cocking a snook at all those poor blighters in dire straights that have been prevented making a living through no fault of their own, to feathering my own nest to tide me over bad times that might come further down the road when the national & global economies go into melt down to pay for this mess or using the monies to buy some shiney new things to try and help kickstart those struggling economies. In the end I asked HMRC for advice, see above. The upshot is, if you've done nowt and earned nowt since C19 lockdown, claim away and bloody good luck to you and more power to your elbow. If you've managed to keep at it despite the lockdown madness & chaos, don't take the piss and make a dodgy claim or HMRC will be all over you like a nasty rash and you will be made to cough every single penny of your ill gotten gains.
  12. Aye, yer probably right. An over dramatic & uneducated assumption to make the point that to consider removal of this tree after you've started replacing the other structures is a bit of a cart before horse exercise. I can see that the OP perhaps thought that the tree might survive and they were prepared to consider salvaging it, but from the pictures it appears that the "can this tree be saved" question would definitely have been better asked before replacing the fence and starting to rebuild the shed. Because the answer would have been a clear no, and a much better outcome for all. The tree Co. lose the tree before anything else gets put in the way, then the fence and shed get built without having to fanny about around a dead/dying burnt out tree. Never ceases to amaze me how these things end up as after thoughts that make everyone else job a PITA. Like (in the past 3 months) the ash I had to take out a week after the new summer house was built directly underneath it, or the big oak reduction that had to be done, the day after the client got the builders in to start constructing the new extension directly underneath it, having trenched right through the roots, poured the concrete foundations and started to lay the first concrete blocks. Not my jobs; I was just the climber, but each time client had totally failed to mention at the time that "other works" were scheduled just before the tree work was booked to take place making everyone elses job a bigger ball ache than it needed to be.
  13. To be honest I'd be slagging the client off under my breathe for having the fence and structure rebuilt before thinking about whether or not to have a severely fire damaged tree removed first; during or after the rebuild! In the first instance it might have been fellable in a oner or a just a few big hits. Now its got to be climbed and probably rigged off, and the whole time the climber and ground crew having to work in and breathe in the charcoal & its dust. Ending up filthy black and breathing in a potential carcinogenic material for longer than would have been necessary at the get go, would pee me off a lot more than a blunt chain!
  14. From the two options you have provided one would need to ask if you are looking to get into tree work specifically or just general access climbing. If you're looking to get into tree work then the 2nd website details you have provided are not applicable, as the kit is being touted towards IRATA access climbers. Think recovering the millennium dome not climbing Mrs Muggins ash tree to remove a broken limb or save her pussy! If it's tree climbing specifically you wish to purchase kit for then you would be better buying the items you need separately that suit your personal size; weight; climbing style and experience. Generally speaking a ready made "kit" sold by a retailer may not give you everything you may need or include a load of bumpf you'll never use or touch again once you taken it of the packaging it came in. From personal experience, I would be hesitant to recommend Northern ARB Supplies. Not always very responsive to orders/queries/deliveries/complaints/refunds etc. and have given up using them myself a while ago. Found the likes of F R Jones; Honey Bros; Buxton's to be much better to deal with and offer good service and value for money for tree climbing kit.
  15. Have zero experience of "Chicane" but do have to say that I find Blue Tongue works very nice with ZZ


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