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  1. The only time I dont like my kombi system is with extension pole and hedge cutter section and using it horizontally - generally I try and avoid doing that any way beacuse it kills your back but it can save you having to set up with ladders the other side of hedge and having to do top from both sides....but this is when, and maybe its the flex or maybe drive shaft a little worn out now, it can have problems powering the trimmer which can lead to frustation and extra exertion trying to sort it out on top of a ladder.
  2. Yes definetly get one...i. Got the big stihl kombi - gets used so much... Got the strimmer/trimmed/chainsaw attachments
  3. Id go with the british native Alnus glutinosa - genetically suited to british conditions and best for wildlfie potential
  4. Im sure if you took some end weight off before the snow kicks in you could get many more years out of the limb could also tether with bracing if there targets below
  5. Not sure its all doom and gloom. 1. Who will actually be policing this? I imagine unless there is an accident or insurance claim to cater for,or you are working on a high profile site many climbers will carry on using their prefferred methods that they have ample experience and skill to do so. 2. In the hierachy of using the 2 rope system point 3 says. "If, as a result of a risk assessment, it is determined that it is not reasonably practicable, or would entail higher risk to persons,* to achieve points 1 or 2, then one system installed over one load-bearing anchor may be used." Im sure a lot of climbers are capable of making their own risk assessments whilst assessing the tree initially and may well chose this option. 3. Although a 2 rope system might be a pain in the arse at times it may be quite useful in certain trees especially with spready trees such as silver maples or where there isnt a nice central leader to anchor to, or if cimbing sketchier trees in decline/ ash dieback, dead uns etc....
  6. Hi, I checked all my Mattheck books - manual of decay/body language of trees/ and Lonsdales Principles of tree hazard assessment and management, AA Fungi manual....and no mention whatsoever of Velvet shank....the only book I have that covers it is Diagnosis of Ill health and trees - Strouts & winter who suggest that Velvet shank " is a top rotter that where the rot is usually confined to small pockets and dead branches" p228 so I imagine more of an idicator of dead wood already present which has been caused due to another reason rather than pathogenic attack from the fungus in question...
  7. Although id be more concerned about the lifting bark on the trunk. A more detailed inspection would be a good idea
  8. I thought it was saprophytic and not a lot to worry about. Certainly not heard of it being pathogenic. Where did you read that - maybe im missing something!?
  9. Looks like sulphur tuft. Saprophytic i believe
  10. decay pocket/ internal cavity with stained water seeping out?
  11. Or if you need a professional tree condition survey done Im only in Stroud so give me a PM if I can be any help to you! Patrick
  12. I would of it if theres plenty of sound wood remaining and sound butressesing and the crown health looks excellent judging by the photo, that it would'nt need much done to it at present apart future monitoring. Taking some written measurements of sound wood/decayed/cavity with a probe and sounding hammer to assist for likely decay areas and take some photos of crown/trunk/fungi for future reference so you have some way of cross referencing for future inspections.
  13. Gutted for you! Hope you get a fat payout from insurance
  14. Certainly looks like it, although a close up of the stalk should confirm if its velvet coloured
  15. Sorry just lost a whole page of text I had written out....will be back later


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