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  1. JonnyRFT


  2. Horses for courses I guess. It’s my childhood home. Every time I visit family, I fall in love with the place. It is filled with a rum bunch though.
  3. All those weirdos are probably most of my family 😂
  4. I’d go back to Hebden Bridge, West Yorks in a heartbeat if I didn’t have so much keeping me in Norwich.
  5. I’ve been an advocate for Irish Setter and Danner boots for sometime now but wondering if any of you wonderful lot have any recommendations for an alternative hunting style boot? My last pair of Elk Tracker (Pictured) have served me very well but I’m interested to see what else is out there that I may not have seen.
  6. Wielding a chainsaw is probably the best way you’ll truly understand the trees. Some of the best surveyors are those who have spent most of their working life as a climbing arb.
  7. I’ve had a keen interest in tree management for a number of years, but I already worked in the industry alongside consultants which is where I gained most of my experience. I then took my PTI along with my QTRA to make sure I was on the right track, as I don’t have the time to do a long course. Hopefully I can study for my level 6 and keep working at the same time, but it’s going to be hard going with full time employment. Until I gain my level 6, I will still rely on contracting surveyors in.
  8. I keep mine at around 17 because I don’t have an open fire anymore. It cost a fortune to heat my house, it’s old and just looses heat so fast. I’ve learnt to adjust to a cooler temp. Just wish I didn’t knock out my fireplace just so I can stick a cooker in its place.
  9. It’s been a while since I’ve been on the tools but I took the opportunity to spend a couple of days out with my guys removing a few Ash from a ditch/run off up near Swaffham. I had a such a laugh and it made me miss being on site full time. Great bunch of lads. We only had one small point of access through a neighbouring garden to extract the timber so it was all pretty much rigged out. We covered the ditch with as much brash in case we had to drop any timber straight down, but it all went pretty smoothly. Clean up tomorrow. IMG_3100.MOV IMG_3097.MOV IMG_3098.MOV IMG_3047.MOV
  10. Ahh man, shame you didn’t look at some Irish Setters. I do all my survey work in them. Glorious boots. Scottish Country Clothing - The House of Bruar WWW.HOUSEOFBRUAR.COM Scottish country clothing specialists the House of Bruar enjoy a unique reputation for quality that extends throughout our...
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  12. All I can see here is a small bacterial bleed from what looks like a longitudinal bark plate fracture. At a guess, it was high load twisting forces. It can be a different story beyond the bark layer though. My suggestion would be hiring a consultant.
  13. Our teams must share the climbing responsibilities. I’m just trying to keep fatigue at a minimum and labour equally shared. Our contract involves pretty low impact work with the exception of some. Driving distances can be pretty huge sometimes though so I would consider that the worst part of the job. Due to the company I run being owned by a parent housing association (of which the contract is for), the pressure is minimal. They‘ve set me a scope of service instead of target figures therefor we have no time constraints per job.
  14. This is very true and I’ve suffered from this situation before. It’s tough to manage such an ego and they seem to bruise easily when you point out their bad habits. I certainly don’t want to go down that road again. I’m hopeful there’s still some good, laid back people out there that need the work.
  15. Whatcha, So, it looks like finding some new employees might prove difficult. Last year and the year before was pretty easy finding staff but from chatting with a few company owners, this year is a struggle. I wonder if you could help me out here. Imagine you’ve gone back in time and you’ve just finished your climbing course. What would you expect from a potential employer? What would make you stay with them?
  16. Based in Watton, Norfolk Covering East Anglia. I’m looking for 2 x climbers with a minimum of CS30, 31, 38 & 39 Desirable additional qualifications: IPAF 3a, 3b, 1a & 1b B+E CS32 First Aid+F Stump Grinder Wood Chipper Land Based Machinery (Avant use mostly) All relevant training will be provided. Up to £27,500 plus Pension and Holiday for the right candidates. All vehicles, tools, IT and PPE provided. Monday to Friday 40 hours a week plus bank holidays off. Working a mix of domestic and commercial for a large housing association. Work load is balanced with your “buddy” allowing climbing responsibilities to be shared keeping fatigue at a minimum. Area covered, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambs and Essex. Climbing, skill set and safety assessments will be required prior to the position being offered. I am no longer offering sub contractural work as my books are now full. Get in touch if you have any further questions. Kind Regards, Jonny.
  17. A little shaping on an Ash from yesterday. It’s an old pollard but just trying to manage it at this size from now on. Came out half decent like...weather held off till the last cut which worked out well too.
  18. It’s a big Oak in Weasenham St Peter I have a PICUS for, not Norwich. Too far out for the same day?
  19. I think I have one. I’ll check the stock list when I’m back at work.
  20. I’m from Yarmouth and an MOT is a sexual act and we run everything on cooking oil.
  21. Sticking with MEWP work where possible.
  22. Yeah the transits physically hold the weight much better but the payload allowance just gets people into trouble. This is why I got an Isuzu in the end. We can pretty much brim the box and be confident that we’re not over weight...unless it was all oak/beech etc. We drive past the DVLA weigh Bridge most days on the A14 and knew it would only be a matter of time when we’re pulled.


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