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JaySmith

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  • Birthday 06/01/1982

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  1. Indeed, thing is they were planted because they are fast growing and relatively tolerant of most conditions. Issue is they get big quickly and long over extended limbs and then the residents want them reduced, this then leaves large wounds that don’t occlude well, new poorly attached regrowth and the downward spiral begins!
  2. When I did my ground based tickets I used an old school Husqvarna orange lid and when I did the climbing tickets the Stein lid, that was a while back mind so I’m sure standards have been amended since then. I think the instructor and accessor will be more likely to check that your saw has basic features such as positive on/off switch and chain catcher than the lid you are wearing. Obviously lid needs to be compliant and fit for purpose.
  3. Yes the damage to the buttress roots does look like it originated from mechanical damage, such as strimmer damage. When the builders were digging they probably wouldn’t have gone through the large structural roots that are used for anchorage as they look like a fair distance from the work that would have taken place. They probably did however go through a number of the smaller fibrous roots that are used for water and nutrient uptake. The fact that there was all ready a concrete pad there before you extended will probably mean that the roots avoided that area, as there will be easier area to exploit in the grass verge. All of these factors combined are probably the overall reason the tree is struggling. The MOD have a policy with regards to trees ( it will be online ) and there response will be in accordance with that. If the land is MOD owned I would raise a fault/enquiry with them and ask them to inspect the tree. They may decide to leave it at present and re inspect in the summer months to get an idea of canopy cover and vitality before condemning the tree.
  4. Looks as though the tree has been on a hiding to nothing for a while. Starting at the bottom there is historical damage at the buttress roots, you can see where the tree has tried to occlude the wounds and not done a bad job considering other issues that’s going on. Further up the main stem there looks to be signs of a bacterial infection and cambium damage, again not great for the tree and essential functions. There are also large pruning wounds which may have contributed to the demise. The extension that was done may also be another contributing factor to the down turn in the tree, before construction was carried out was a 5837 survey carried out with reference to the trees and protection measures put in place? Also when construction was undertaken was damage done to the roots of the tree? Were materials/diggers stored on the root plate? Not having a go, just my observations. Also looks as though brambles were growing up the tree at some stage, was the tree engulfed in them hampering growth? Either way the tree is definitely suffering and I feel has very limited lifespan. What was the growth/leaf coverage like on the tree like this year? Looking a the condition without seeing the tree in person it looks like there is only one long term solution here.
  5. Lids won’t have the chainsaw logo because as you say they are not protective against chainsaw cuts in the way that leggings or gloves are. For ground based tickets the lids will just need to comply with en397 but it would be worth getting one that complies with ariel standards (chin strap) if you intend on climbing or being ariel rescue. Have you checked the nptc assesment criteria as it may detail what standards the kids needs to have in that? I’m not a trainer or assessor these are just my comments based on training I’ve done.
  6. One other thing I’d recommend is getting a tree ID book like the Collins guide to familiarise yourself with the most common species of trees. How different species of trees grow, respond to pruning and their general characteristics will definitely help as you start working on them. Also the NPTC assessment criteria is available online, some of it may seem alien to start with but will come clearer when you start your training and may give you a head start.
  7. A lot of guys have used Kingswood Training in Kent who offer the resettlement packages. They often give you 30,31,38 and 39 or whatever they are called now. Best thing to do get the basic tickets then do some work with a firm to learn as you go. You say you have an email other lined up which is great as the college or training place will teach you how to do it by the book to pass the ticket then a good firm will show you how to do it in a commercial setting and operate properly. Good luck, I’ve worked with some good ex military guys over the years as they often have a good work ethic, common sense and know how to put a shift in
  8. Trees aren’t often the only contributing factor to issues/claims relating to subsidence. Obviously trees remove moisture from the soil which can cause movement but construction methods should also be considered. Often trees are a factor but so is the construction method used or the poor building quality. Years ago phased removal/reduction was used but various studies have shown that this isn’t the answer. For me I wouldn’t be too concerned with removing the trees that you have outlined. There is plenty of other vegetation in the vicinity that could have an effect on the water levels in the soil. Ultimately if you are concerned then speaking with an arb consultant who can do a site assessment with regards to the trees and look at geo mapping etc may help.
  9. Obviously we haven’t seen the pictures of the cable companies excavations for context but usually these would be smaller channels of work by comparison to a full drop curb installation - depending on the site layout, work carried out and how over zealous the operatives got! As others have said the cable companies have powers to maintain their network but should be adhering to the NJUG guidelines. The emphasis on should. I have a case very similar to yours, the original application was declined by a colleague due to the RPA but the client is now engaging with a planning consultant to work with an arb consultant to put forward a solution for consideration. They will submit this to the council and we can consider the application, councils can be flexible and think outside the box. In your situation you will have a procedure to follow and potentially put forward a suitable solution for consideration. I’m still unsure how it would work in practice as systems such as Geocell aren’t suitable.
  10. Normally the anthracnose is confined to the leaf and twigs, I’ve not seen it on main stems like you describe. As we know it lies dormant in the twigs/buds etc it may be worthwhile to remove the re growth (repollard) at this stage. This may then do one of two things, the tree puts on re growth in new growing season for essential processes or it sends it into further decline as it’s resources are insufficient for the tree to continue. Shame you haven’t got any pics as I’d be interested to see. Tricky decision but if the re growth is already compromised then repollarding at this stage may be a suitable option? Have you sounded the main stem with a hammer to see if there is further degradation or decay in the main stem, there could be other things at play in conjunction with the anthracnose. I’m not too sure about spraying the growth as I have no experience of this, I know companies such as Bartletts offer this but am unsure of success rates etc
  11. I don’t think that the scenario is unique to Glendale, everybody is struggling for staff across the board whether that be an apprentice groundsman through to a senior consultant. The likes of Glendale/Gristwood et al can have a negative image within the industry due to the work that they do and because historically some have paid poor basic salaries with unrealistic daily targets to hit bonus. Also a lot of people prefer back garden Arb, it tends (not always though) to be better paid, sometimes more relaxed and a better quality of work. I also think a lot of young guys aren’t coming into the industry as they can make better money elsewhere, a labourer with a CSCS card onsite in London can earn more than a lead climber and people wonder who good guys leave. Maybe put the actual ad up for people to look at? Essentially people want to know what they are going to get in their hand not what they may be able to achieve if they smash themselves out for 12 hours a day 6 days a week. Anybody can say earn £45k but if the targets are unachievable people move on very quickly returning you to square one looking for staff again. Just my thoughts though
  12. Have you got an pics? Anthracnose normally lies dormant doing winter months in the buds and twigs as well as fallen wood and leaves. Come the spring it then flourishes. My understanding is that it’s normally confined to rigs and leaves as opposed to the colonisation of timber. Anthracnose (or version of) is often cosmetic as opposed to fatal but can lead to the demise in all ready stresses trees or help with secondary colonisation such honey fungus
  13. Decent Tripod ladder, yes I agree. However I’d never personally lanyard into a ladder. If you fall from it you’re likely to come down tangled in the rungs. At least if you are going over without being lanyard in you have a chance of throwing the trimmers and jumping clear of it. I’ve done that before and it ain’t pretty! If it gets to the stage whereby you are having to think about lanyarding in or worried me about the setup falling over then it is probably at that stage other options need exploring.
  14. Don’t think we’d of got a trailer in there. The garden was multi level with narrow access and we had to carry the scaffold in and assemble. Looked at lots of options like tracked mewp (which the firm owned), Genie boom etc but couldn’t get anything in. Was a bit of a head scratcher. Ended up trimming up as far as we could with trimmer with multi extensions and the tallest ladders we had.

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