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  1. Interesting indeed Edward. No--one but the applicant or his agent can appeal, but anyone can apply, and then they can appeal. If the appeal succeeded and gave subsidence as the reason for felling, the plot would be thickened considerably. If I was the owner I would probably have appealed anyway just to exhaust the process because further down the line the insurer could get very difficult or it could go to a compensation claim against the Council.
  2. Damage is needed, but the common death of a tap root may be enough. From what I know it takes a few years of establishment of infection before surface fruiting occurs. Grinding may not have been your cause. It doesn't reinfect every year, the fruiting is seasonal on established decay sites. I would guess the spores persist in soil for years though. A healthy replacemente shouldn't get infected but you might want to steer clear of Fagaceae and Tiliaceae and Ulmaceae. I would have thought Acereacea or Rosaceae would be suitable replacements.
  3. It's not your tree, ignore all the reckless advice about going ahead and felling it. If it is dangerous, it would be for the owner to show that it can be felled under exemption in a Conservation Area. If you fell it not only can you be sued by the owner but you could be fined for felling in a Conservation Area. The loan co. that repossessed the house will no doubt want its money back asap and may well put it on the market soon. At that point you can contact them through the estate agent, give notice of your risk concerns and request that they fell it or give permission for you to fell or reduce it. If it improves marketability then they might agree and if it doesn't they won't. I'd take it from there. How long has the tree stood up? 50 years? Unless something has changed recently there's probably no urgency. Also, few tree slam down suddenly, the ones I have pulled off buildings have inched down and stopped on the building or have done less damage than their size suggests. It's incredibly rare for occupants to be harmed inside buildings. Make sure your mother has building insurance. You could start a LGMPA process but it will probably get you nowhere.
  4. That was something else! Proper song, proper singer, phenomenal talent all round. Several light years away from today's popular 'stars'. I've a feeling I'll be watching that a few more times.
  5. I just got this in an email from Sorbus. Doesn't affect me but others may wish to know. There's a full safety notice available form Sorbus IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE Stop using Braided Safety Blue® with slaice®, Arbor Elite with slaice® and pottsblitz with slaice®, CEclimb 12 with slaice®. On September 17th, TEUFELBERGER was informed of an incident where one slaice on a Braided Safety Blue opened while the rope was in use. Nobody was harmed. As a measure of precaution we decided to immediately inform our customers to stop using Braided Safety Blue® with slaice®, Arbor Elite with slaice®, pottsblitz with slaice® and CEclimb 12 with slaice®. The following products are affected: Brand: TEUFELBERGER Product name: Braided Safety Blue® with slaice® (Hi-Vee with slaice®, Ultra-Vee with slaice®, T-Vee with slaice®), Arbor Elite with slaice® and pottsblitz with slaice®, CEclimb 12 with slaice® Colour: any Date of production: January 2014 – September 2019 Serial number: 2014-xxxxxx to 19/09-yyy Reason: Potential malfunction of the rope termination
  6. Thanks, that's what I meant.
  7. Not. CAS are about built environments and arise from planning legislation that includes s.211. AONB are about natural beauty and arise form the CRoW Act. You could have a CA or a TPO in a AONB, but the LPA's role in protecting trees in AONBs is during planning applications.
  8. My main set-up is Trimble Geo XT, Pocket GIS, PT Mapper and a windows laptop. The hardware is indestructible and completely reliable. PGIS is great and if you get PT Mapper you get a free survey template designer which you can use to customise your data collection. I have got this side of things ruthlessly efficient. Data is output as csv files, and shape files for group plots. PT Mapper lets you lift your 5837 survey and shape files and a dxf of the site plan straight in and automatically all your rpas spreads cats shadows and tagging and groups are plotted. Probably worth getting the support contract for a while, though, as PTM will regularly throw wobblies or confound you, and the user manual does not have all the answers and you will start to lose your mind figuring out how to get round its foibles. Mind you, any CAD system I have used has been like that. CSV files convert in one second to Excel spreadsheets for reports. I have reported on tens of thousands of trees using this setup, and I also use it for risk surveys (probably 100,000 to date) and the cost per tree is now about a penny a tree. You'll probably know yourself the difference between tablets and stylus devices. I can't be bothered with tablets in the rain or cold (and they're relatively fragile) but the big screen is nice for seeing the whole map area. If it's just one system for me it has to be stylus. I dropped my Geo in a stream last week, just shook it off and it kept working. A major tip I would offer is that when you're dealing with architects and other consultants they send you HUGE AutoCAD files that PTM can't open. It only works with dxfs. Get a cheap conversion programme or online convertor, it will save your sanity.
  9. I don't think it's either but there's not enough info in the picture to be able to pin it down.
  10. excellent answers. not quite right though, I am casting aspersions on the marital status of mr. g's parents. and don't forget the wheels...
  11. yes that's the polite version but your first guess was excellent. I'm warming to the theme. See if you can figure this one out

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