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  1. Have to disagree with this! I have done many hedge type reductions and have found echo 360tes to do exactly this....its this smaller frithy stuff that kicks as chain comes into contact with it...nothing to do with poor maintenainance...have found the stihl 150 much more satisfactory for such jobs
  2. Try and go recreational climbing with a decent arborist so you can practise getting around the tree "the proper way" and practice as much as possible. Try and get hold of an uptodate course manual and assessment criteria so you can prepare for what you will be tested on. Make sure your kit has been LOLER tested before you start course. Theres a series of generic health & safety questions for the NPTC assessments such as risk assessments/H&S legislation etc....learn those. TBH - you should be fine, its all fairly straight forward. Your biggest challenge might be unlearning bad habits as sounds like you already have some experience doing aeriel work. Good luck and enjoy!
  3. It looks like the bark is lifting (but hard to tell from photos). Given the trees location (if it was to fail) I would recommend getting an tree condition survey by a qualified tree inspector, who can have a thorough examination and provide decent advice on how to move forward.
  4. Hard to to tell by a phtot why branches have fallen off in the past but could well be squirrel damage. Id say the longer implication of squirrel damage would be affected areas eventually failing due to extensive decay. Unlikely to kill a sycamore, but expect onging branch loss due to loss of strength caused by secondary decay.
  5. The best thing you can do for the sycamore and other trees in the woodland will be to cull the squirrels as they will ravage young oaks, beech and sycamore to name a few, for years by bark stripping which then turn into decayed areas and increase pathogen ingress as well as affecting their structual integrity
  6. I dont believe tar spot spreads to birch or oak and have only seen it on sycamore
  7. So do you use excel to get the field data and use that in report accompanied with a microsoft word type report?
  8. I use a samsung tablet, was inexpensive compared to a tough book, has worked pretty well and certainly saves some time, i do normally have to spend an hour or 2 back on the computer editting the table and text as the transfer of files from tablet to computer has a few glitches which need cIeaning up. I managed to drop the tablet in a river as well at the start of a survey. I put it on the river bank and it sledged down into a small river with me desperately trying to slide tackle it, the inevitable happened, tablet fully submerged and myself up to my knees, but amazingly the tablet worked absolutely fine after.
  9. I guess tree age and vigour need to be taken into account also
  10. 1. Locate the most recent "pollarding" / pruning points 2. Remove all the regrowth back down to the most recent pruning points 3. Dont worry about leaving lots of foliage on as poplar has huge capacity to regenerate 4. Try hard not to scream/shout/swear/lose the will to live too much as looks like theres a sh$t load of ivy on those stems!
  11. A long crown reduction film is boring. (wasnt suggesting that, just include a coupe of before and afters or time lapses to give a well rounded profile of the treework portfolio)..but then a long video of a one tree takedown doesnt hold my attention for very long - as there are so many out there now!
  12. Proper sweet vid! One of the best I have seen and looks like you have a slick operation there! Would have been nice to see also see a decent crown reduction/pruning job in there too and mainly seemed tobe takedowns
  13. Ok, yeah that changes things! Id say italian alder


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