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  1. JonnyRFT

    pants shat

    I actually wonder if the climber asked the ground guy to give it the ol’ heave ho in order to clear that line. Either way...balls to that!!!
  2. The recommendation is to fell the trees. We have no problem with rectifying the issues but there’s also another property that doesn’t belong to us behind the conifers.
  3. You are right with regards to trees predating the building. I actually meant that I’m dealing with subsidence but I have not worded my original statement very well. I think the large cypress at the rear of the property was probably the issue. It was mature specimen removed in the summer months circa 5 years ago according to the occupier. I only have his word to take as verbatim though. But because he mentioned the cracks widening in the summer, that says to me to lapsed conifer hedge is playing a fundamental part in the ground movement. I can probably hazard a guess that the foundation’s are insufficient but without a borehole test I cannot say for sure. That’s at least an option yet it still leaves me in the same situation.
  4. Looking for advice... I've been called out to an issue where a property is suffering from ground heave. Immediately north there's a row substantially lapsed Leyland Cypress hedging. To the west, an old Cypress (no doubt another Leyland) stump which looks older than 5 years since it's dismantlement. The cracks inside and outside the property widen and close throughout the year suggesting desiccation of the soil caused by the trees. My desk study from SoilScapes shows the area where the property is situated is in fact "clay with impeded drainage." Heave happens throughout the summer months suggesting a dramatically reduced moisture content which, in turn suggests the possibility of clay soil. Over the past few years I've had a handful of cases with mature broad leaf species along the clay belt in Norfolk causing ground heave. We have dismantled the trees over the course of 3 years in dormant months reducing radical moisture content changes within the ground. Year 1: Pollard to secondary scaffold. Year 2: Pollard to primary scaffold. Year 3: Remove. So far its worked on properties without substantial foundation footings (but still monitoring) resulting with manageable outcomes where our repairs company can rectify the issues. Now, in this case we have a substantial amount of conifer. To my understanding; conifers are never fully dormant although the winter months have shown less water demand with the cracks closing on the external wall. I cannot carry out the same procedure to these Conifers as by pollarding will ultimately lead to its terminal decline near instantly. So with that in mind I should remove the trees to ground level in one go. My question is simply; When is the best time? The evidence suggests winter but... My concern is if the ground has impeded drainage and I've left the area with a substantial amount of moisture, can the clay swell causing a more positive heave? I have information given to me from our consulting engineers whom state that elsewhere in the village is 20m thick boulder clay. If there wasn't so much boulder clay in the area then I would've just removed the trees in winter and rectified the property issues. Am I over thinking this? Part of me is thinking "what ever happens...happens" as I can't see many options.
  5. Damn! That’s some serious skill.
  6. I knew arbhub was a thing!!!!
  7. A little heat shrink sleeve with a conventional knot to stop it pulling through?
  8. I will be updating this sheet with COVID-19 info at some point. I’m in the office the week after next so will upload a new template then.
  9. Glad you met my family. Hahahah
  10. Many a good memory going to York. Stunning place!
  11. Same all over as a kid but back to Gods country in my early twenties Where abouts are you?
  12. I love going back. Almost bought a house up there but I don’t think I could’ve made it self employed as an Arb.
  13. Are you a Yorkshire man jonny? No, I was born in Norwich when my parents were looking for a house in Norfolk. I’m the only one out of the entire family that was born outside of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Dad moved back up to Hebden Bridge when I was 4 so I ended up spending weekends and school holidays up there and weekdays/school days in Norfolk. I was a well travelled kid but I loved it.


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