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  1. EdwardC

    How long will douglas fir posts last untreated?

    I wouldn't go as far as to say that. However, it is the bit just at and below ground level, which is drying and re-wetting, that will decay quickest.
  2. EdwardC

    Sycamore shedding plates of bark

    It looks perfectly normal. Sooty bark disease likes hot weather. Expect an increase in occurrences. It's usually more of an issue down south, due to the climate, which is why you find more bigger sycs up north.
  3. EdwardC

    Level 4 distance learning

    Myrescough said the same to me despite they say experience etc will be taken into account. I had the Tech Cert. and I had set out my experience. I asked what experience would qualify me to do the BSc. I never got a reply. Now I might be being cynical, but if saying no means you have to spend more money with them doing more courses that's the line they might take.
  4. EdwardC

    Sheet Piles and Trees

    Shattered roots provide a larger surface area for pathogen colonisation. Also, clean cut roots are better at absorbing water than shattered roots. No matter what is done, driving piles are excavating and root pruning, it should be justified.
  5. EdwardC

    Sycamore - Sudden death!

  6. EdwardC

    Confirmation of Horse Chestnut Canker Please?

    Pollarding and topping are not the same thing. Definitions are in BS 3998
  7. EdwardC

    Is the english oak doomed ?

    Not half. The government's aim of 'planting 11 million new trees, as well as 1 million in urban areas, may appear a tough target... [it] would require just 4,400 hectares' according to the Guardian. Somewhat less than the same government's aim, set out in their 25 year environment plan, of 'planting 180,000 hectares by end of 2042', that is in the next 24 years, which equals 7,500 hectares a year. Which government to you believe/trust to deliver either target.
  8. Because you didn't identify the obvious defect, correctly assess the likelihood of failure, or assess the risk of harm.
  9. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/london-ontario-split-tree-gibbons-park-1.4733933 More views on good care. Willows are dangerous in populated areas. Really. And the tree is now dangerous so will have to be removed. Is it, surely it's actually safer now the branch has failed.
  10. Wes, some people think good tree care is removing all risk ie removal of the tree. It's not, there has to be a balance between real and perceived risk, the benefits and disbenefits that accrue from undertaking work on a tree, and risks to the persons doing the work whilst at the same time managing the tree owners expectations. No, they said you couldn't tell how bad it was so it couldn't have been prevented. Looks more like an included union than decay. I'm sure there were other factors contributing to the failure but, maybe the risk of harm was acceptable, maybe it just happened to realise that risk. Do we reduce every included stem, fell every tree, or do we do what is reasonable, including undertaking inspections by competent and experienced arboriculturists at reasonable intervals, recommending works, where necessary, that strike a balance between all the benefits and disbenefits. You can't eliminate risk, and so back to good care.
  11. Just because you have consent to fell the whole tree doesn't mean you have to do it in one go. Can the tree be made safe whilst not destroying the nest allowing the birds to complete their nesting, before coming back to finish the tree removal. There's nothing wrong with changing your quotation to reflect a changing specification or delay. Just make sure that it's clear what you will be doing, provide options with different prices eg for felling the cypress or topping it, felling the tree in one go or make safe then return after nesting, who the client is, they'll be paying, access arrangements are agreed in writing, and by when they'll pay. Then make sure you have written instructions to proceed. The council won't pay, it's not their tree. Try not to get involved with the tree owners games.
  12. The tree failing was not an accident. I agree; the accident was a consequence of failure. The tree failed in order to structurally optimise itself to the conditions it found itself enduring. Was that due to poor care or negligence, who knows, that's for the courts to decide. The question is, has the tree owner/their agent acted as a prudent landowner/competently. Define good care. Fell everything because it will at some point fail? Check out the comments of the arborist in the report http://www.kwqc.com/content/news/Arborist-weighs-in-on-possible-cause-of-deadly-tree-branch-collapse-487343071.html Then take a look at the photo. Competent, reasonable, professional? That's how we're supposed to act; isn't it?
  13. How's that? If a manky tree with clear and obvious defects, that hasn't been inspected, falls across the road, and a motorcyclist runs into it and is injured, has there been an accident. Or because the tree owner (LPA) was negligent in not discharging their duty of care/or the TO who was negligent because they didn't look at the tree as instructed, has the accident not happened. The accident is the consequences of tree failure. Those who are responsible for managing/inspecting the tree will be negligent if they can't demonstrate they have acted as a prudent landowner/competent employee.
  14. That's the decision of the insurers. It may be they came to an agreement and they didn't go to court. Back in the day I too cleared up lots of fallen trees. But I didn't get involved with claims handling or loss adjusting, I left that to the insurers. I went on to the next job.


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