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  1. A mechanic who knows how to repair and maintain large Arb machinery would be a great asset to any company, certainly a good selling point if your looking for employment, enjoy your training at Kingswood, they have a tight ship at the minute.
  2. If your Kent based, speak with Kingswood Training or Scott Fraser Training and look into the availability of a flexible combined ground based and aerial unit training/certification. It will give you a taster of the physical/technical level that you would be expected to be at as a starting point for a career in Arb.
  3. No they can’t, not for CS31 anyway, CS32 yes, you can do an Integrated assessment with an NPTC Assessor performing both roles, CS31 must be assessed by someone who isn’t the trainer.
  4. We’ve had that in place for years under both Labour and Conservative Governments.
  5. I work at Bedgebury Pinetum quite a lot, an FC site that just happens have the largest collection of conifers anywhere in the world. I have been planting in experimental plots there for a decade now looking into new possible crops species, so this work is ongoing. The problem is that Sitka/Corsican etc gives the largest yields over the short period for the large harvesting companies, they largely have no interest in biodiversity or ecology, just profit margins, I think that is the biggest problem moving forward.
  6. I don’t know anyone who is desperate for this to be like DED, everyone I know would rather we didn’t have ADB at all. Two years ago I was involved on an Ash thinning job on the Glynde Estate near Lewes, East Sussex. It was by far the worst infection that I have seen anywhere in the country, with huge standing dead seed trees. This is within the South Downs National Park. On completion, Natural England decided that it was so bad/dangerous that they issued a notice to clear fell it all, which was finished this year, It really is an environmental disaster that will be felt for decades to come, all very sad.
  7. Hornbeam, Yew and Hawthorn work best for me, greenheart is even better if I can acquire some. I burn large amounts of Sweet chestnut in my burner because I have unlimited access to it, splits easier than any wood I know, dries quickly, has hardly any sap band and burns so cleanly it leaves hardly any ash.
  8. Spirit level and a timber crayon with a true cutting chain should do it.
  9. I met a Canadian guy recently, the 5 day course over here is 30 over there, then 180 hours on the saw with mentoring from an experienced cutter before you are allowed to work independently.
  10. This is totally wrong. No NPTC Assessors or LANTRA Instructors have to be FISA approved or even a member. LANTRA did an external Technical Evaluation on some of their Forestry based Instructors to deliver refresher training that FISA would recognise. No one has to be a member of FISA, just compliant with tickets if working in sites that have signed up to the FISA agreement, FC sites for example.
  11. There seems to be a focus down in the SE on using excavator mounted tree shears to deal with dismantling large plantation/roadside Ash with ADB, the Woodland Trust had a recent demo using a Westec Woodcracker 350 shear on a 14 tonne machine. I am not totally convinced that the power of the grab may not just shatter the limb apart depending on how brittle the timber has become. Some of the firewood merchants down here are starting to reject Ash with ADB, the processor is cutting the log and dropping it into the pit to be split, but the log is simply smashing into pieces when pushed against the splitter.
  12. I have never heard of tree blasting in the UK but they used to use charges to split/cleave large butts. If you hear of anyone doing this, count me in.
  13. Anyone else remember Derek Macintosh Bates aka Blaster Bates? My god, that names a blast from the past, he used to blow drainage ditches on the farms up North before everyone had excavators.
  14. Just to add a completely new dimension into the mix, I came across this for the first time today. The background story is. I was asked to plant several types of Ash from various parts of the world as a controlled experiment to monitor species resilience to ADB on an FC site known to have ADB present. I have been monitoring them for the last 5 years, until now, all good. Today I inspected some of the Syrian Ash, as I approached I noticed the dreaded tell tale sign, die back of the crowns resembling hedgerow trees. What I found surprised me and I have never seen it in 26 years of Forestry. These are native Hornets completely ring barking and stripping bark causing the tips to die back, anyone seen this habit before, and why only the Ash? 1D07C2C9-505F-4E59-8B6B-1DA6BF2E47A0.MOV 1D8845EB-9A1A-4762-BEC7-52F6901FA546.MOV

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