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  1. Hi Woodcutter, It’s not about losing a ‘nice little earner’. It wasn’t even that to be fair, just a standard job. It’s that a Parish Council is having work done to the standards in the photos. I’m sure we’ve all questioned what homeowners have decided they want doing or what they have had door knockers do over sensible advice, but isn’t it different for a Parish Council to be promoting such work? Of course, you win some and lose some, fair play and if it’s done to a decent standard and the person can live off of the money it brings in then that’s right. Not so long ago (different PC) I was asked to quote for a row of 5? Over mature, spreading Acer trees in a school playing field. A tree report had been done by a highways firm (trees in a play field, not near a highway). The report seemed tick box generated and open to interpretation. With the height estimate of the tree and the “reduce by between X and X meters”, I thought the trees could easily get screwed here. You could end up with a 10ft trunk or a couple of meters off the top. The work was being advised because of structural weaknesses, poor unions etc. The trees are in very public view and also within a conservation area. I’m not sure if they were TPO’d. I spoke to the lady who wrote the report and we had a discussion where I asked if it would be acceptable to reduce the problem areas, insert Cobra bracing in other places and minimise the reduction where it wasn’t needed. Her words - “if you can do that, that would be wonderful”. The field and trees are owned half school, half PC. I was informed the head teacher would be at the PC meeting so went along. The head teacher wasn’t there, but I relayed everything in an email later. I made it clear that I wasn’t shopping for work – that I would drop out the process if they wanted, but that those trees could easily get permanently ruined and be a long-term expense if the work wasn’t carried out correctly. They asked me what I thought of some work they had had done on the village green and I told them it was (from a glance), good. That it is not often tree work is done that well. I ended up putting in a quote low enough that I would have been happy enough for someone else to do it if it was done to a good standard. I wanted the work to be done well, be it by myself or someone else, but with the report as it was, I wanted to do the work to make sure. I would really have struggled to fit it in time wise but could have made it happen. So, my quote was at its bare minimum and (detailed) conversation with PC had been had on the importance of not screwing up the mature trees on their first reduction. What do I look at every time I drive by? Tops chopped off any old how, rips, stubs, branches cut part way through and left to fall off without even tidying the ends up, random long branches extending from the crowns, and worse of the worse major deadwood, some a few inches diameter and a good few meters long, still in the tree! Some have even been reduced to this length! Who reduces major deadwood over a children’s playing area but leaves it in the tree? It’s not good enough. On top of that they have of course instantly put out a mass of regrowth that in my opinion will now need periodic maintenance to keep the weight off these reduced branches, as well as the other problems topping and regrowth brings. I told a councillor the work is diabolical and have left them to it. It shouldn’t be happening though. I’m not looking for a big pay day – and I wouldn’t expect to get one off a job like the one shown in the pictures, it’s about the trees. They’re not that special a group of trees, but there is no sense in f***ing them up and creating more work / cost in the long term to save what couldn’t have been more than a couple of hundred quid in the short term. Sorry for all the writing!
  2. Even if they do have a favourite tree surgeon, my gripe is that it is terrible work that the parish council is having done. I guess it is people who do not know about trees employing other people who do not know about trees. Where does the quality control / checks come into it?
  3. Yeah, I'm not losing any sleep over it, it's just crap when someone can do such shoddy work and because they're trees and no one understands (or cares?) then they can continue doing it, and cheap of course. Think they had a platform in. They've asked me to quote for some crown raising. Not worth trying to compete with this and obviously don't want to lower to this standard.
  4. I was asked by a Parish Council to quote for some tree works - "to cut back overhanging tree branches". The caretaker explained that they wanted more light in as they were changing the surface of the sports area and didn't want so much shade, moss etc. My advice, as explained to the council in detail - - Sever the Ivy, it is most of the light issue and an easy job. - There is a lack of decent pruning points to reduce the Acer back to - if you want the branches taking back to the fence, better to take them off to the stem / crown raise so that you don't end up with meter long dead branches or a mass of regrowth / we can prune back as and where suitable. I put in my quote and telephoned to make sure that I was quoting for the same standard / amount of work as the other two quotes, as we all know what happens too often (see photos!...). Someone else got the job. No issues with that IF it was done to a semi decent standard! If it was something else like an electrician that left wires hanging out a plug socket or getting poisoned from a restaurant, then they would know it was a shoddy job. People don't seem to understand though. They'll look at this, say it's back to the fence, it's been left tidy, so good job?! This work has done more harm than good! - Branches lopped back indiscriminately so that in a couple of years they should either be taking the deadwood off or cutting back the regrowth. - Ivy either not severed (about 2/3rds of the ivy is not severed), just cut so it will heal over and grow again or cut so roughly that the trees are / are almost ring barked. Even if the original instructions were followed and the trees were to be just cut back to the fence line, there is no need for such shoddy work, ripped cuts etc.. Moan over.. Especially frustrating when it is a Parish Council who should be looking after an area for it's people and not even a homeowner just set on what he / she wants.
  5. William Clifford

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    Good tip site - easy to contact and use. Would definitely use again if in the area and sorry I couldn't get the second load to you! Thanks, William.
  6. Sounds good Stumpy, I'll PM you!
  7. Hi Tony, Same as you I needed some security where there's no power supply. If you find a good one that goes straight to the phone it'd be good to know. I had a good look around and went with these a year or so ago as they have no lights to give them away... https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B078S3QTDK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 on the budget front and am very happy with it. plus https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stealth-Cam-No-Glo-Camera-STC-G42NG/dp/B01N1A2NN7 as it is meant to be a good quality one though have just noted the poor amazon reviews. If buying again, at the money, I would prefer to buy a couple of the cheaper ones than one more expensive one. I've got a little experience with these, also my father uses them on the trail to record animals and the trigger times can mean you miss what you needed to catch. A couple of cameras with different angles gives a better chance of catching what you want. Especially if on photo setting. I find 20 second video setting gives enough time for whatever has triggered the camera to appear on the shot. It might be triggered by noise or an animal just on the edge of the sensor so with pictures and the 'reset' time I find video best. You really have to keep on top of making sure you have enough memory space and battery power though. I'd also recommend 2 memory cards for each camera - when one is full, you can take it out, put the replacement in and then you've got time to view the footage with the camera still working. I was using mine to catch scum and it's pretty gutting to miss something because the memory card was on the kitchen table waiting to be checked from the last instance! The Gosira is sensitive enough to pick up a fly at night on some clips. I guess location is important with trees and grass setting it off, though it's only in really bad weather that I find it's been triggered like this. With some makes - like the stealth above you need to have certain memory cards - they only work with high end sandisk for some reason, best to check forums / reviews before ordering everything. The Gosira above seems to work with anything. Good luck!
  8. You don't want it do you Lux? 😉 Cheers Stumpy 👍
  9. If Lux doesn't take it, I would be interested in that Stumpy. Same thing, it would save having to load on and manhandle the grinder for a few small bush stumps! Cheers.
  10. I thought it was a reference to the zigzag body and neck! It's going to get used.. It all looks good for using the older style zigzag on drt then and being able to clip on the chicane for access. Sounds smooth. Not that I wouldn't love to be so fluent with srt as to want to use it on everything! Was looking at a few things on youtube for the chicane and came across these which I thought were interesting. First is with the rw but is interesting with the zigzag ratings as well as the failure points. The second is a pull test and shows the creep at over 400kg with the Chicane. If Petzl have said their tests have shown the same then that's reassuring! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB5shC1SaSM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxxAG8YnAj8
  11. Hi Rupe, karabiners aside, does the old single hole zigzag work with the chicane? I like the idea of being able to use it to access also. Just about to replace my zig zag and would prefer the smaller looking mk3 I think.
  12. Ok, so nothing to bother about? The cheapest these can be picked up seems to be about £250 before the vat so didn't really want to be having to fix it if it's falling apart almost straight out the box. Still not sure if the manufacturers design them to have these pieces stay in or come out! If it's not going to affect performance then I'll not worry about it. Cheers.
  13. I'll have to put a nail in the wall higher up so I can hang this one alongside the others!
  14. Yep, I'm the same. With the smaller bars I don't worry about it as they work, have probably had a lot of use already and don't cost as much! But with such little use I'm wondering what the deal is.

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