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  1. You might be able to get some tickets paid for by undertaking a voluntary role with National trust. I signed onto doll and did a few months as an assistant forestry warden with them. It was great experience and I ended up getting tree felling and chainsaw maintenance, brushcutting and pesticide tickets...I then stepped straight into a countryside management role who also did tree surgery, after 2 years with them I moved to the tree surgery team and got my climbing tickets paid for... another possible route in to consider if you haven't already.
  2. Looks like historic hazard beam failure - release of internal forces on a curving branch (which looks reasonably stable now). Whole branch removal may lead to subsequent branch failures due to removal of natural bracing and new wind dynamics. If unmoveable target present, then belts and braces approach would be - tip prune and or steel rod bracing through cracks, but as Khriss says bat awareness important before any work that may disturb a potential roost. If in doubt, get a tree inspector out to advise.
  3. It gives you more freedom, but less security. I went self employed 10 years ago and don't think I could ever go back to being employed. Love the freedom and flexibility but it is harder work than being employed... If you are driven, organised and good at networking you can will be succesful. If you aren't stick with the dayjob!
  4. Thats a spruce in the picture, fungi does not look like anything to worry about
  5. I did the level 4 with Treelife in a year....was great, got a massive amount from it....it was classroom based at westonbirt arboretum (15 classes or so) massive workload if you want to wrap it up in a year...I think it was 83 asignments in total...some being short multiple choice online quizzes, but most being essays - on average each assignment took at least 5 hours... Balanced it with work ok as I am self employed so the jobs I did the same amount of work as in a normal year but in less days as I ran 3-4 man day teams rather than 2-3 man dayers.....It defo helped to have at least 2 days a week doing college work or I wouldn't of got it done in a year. Nearly every arb consultancy firm I have seen advertising looking for juinor/starter consultants/ surveyors only request a level 4 qual......having said that I would love todo level 6 at some stage but very glad I did level 4 first.
  6. Hi Steve...wondering if you planted up that wall back in 2018? Id be interested as I have just planted up some espaliers along my fence line....be great to hear how you got on with it all
  7. Edwardian 4 panel doors would go well with the floor....that is what I used. Ripped out all the shittie cardboard doors and hunted down a job lot of reclaimed 4 panel doors on gumtree (I bought 10 for £70 + £20 fuel for collection) a few had been stripped already but I chose 5 decent ones which met my requirements to get professionally dipped/stripped at £25/ door. I sold 3 on at about £35/£40 a piece on gum tree and 2 directly back to the company who stripped the doors at £25/each. Also, the doors came with hardware and hinges - probably £80-£100 worth (some of the door knobs were antique). I fitted them all myself and finished them with a matt osmo wax oil and they look really great with the aged natural pine look. The whole process was a lot of fun and in the end the doors didn't cost me anything other than time doing a bit of wheeling and dealing.
  8. Hello there, it will be tricky if you are working full time already in an unrelated job, it will be a very long learning curve if you are only doing dribs and drabs (couple of Saturdays a month etc ) you really need 2-3years fulltime work experience to be considered “useful” to employers and 5-10 years to reach black belt. Id recommend not quitting your day job until you have got some experience under your belt just to check treework is definitely for you. Why don’t you post on here when you are available in the week and a bit yourself (strengths), hobbies etc bit more about yourself- take every opportunity to sell yourself... good luck.
  9. Survey first, but I would recommend removal as blue cedar is going to grow enormous and will cause significant light blocking, needle drop and cedar has a brittle wood quality so expect twig an larger branch drop (esp loaded with wet snow) in the future, not I deal to have cars parked under. Or if wanting to retain be prepared to spend money on prevention of the above.
  10. Sure that's not a type of birch tree? Looks like catkins too on the foliage.....Id say its Piptoporus on a birch tree.
  11. Or you can carefully climb up and have a feel or look inside the nest for eggs/chicks rather than shaking them out!
  12. Norway maple, it ruddy has to be!


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