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  1. This is sound advice. I don't know what it's like in Scotland but in England most local authorities tend to promote from within wherever possible. It's far quicker and cheaper than going through a lengthy and red tape entangled candidate selection process and you're already a known quantity to them. There are all sorts of administrative and supervisory jobs in the environmental sector that would be a natural shift for someone with your experience and being in-house to start with gives you a massive head start. Surely you'd be an ideal candidate for a tree officer? Definitely tell them your situation and remind them that your injuries were sustained in their service. At the same time make it clear you're very happy working for the local authority and you'd like to continue in some other capacity. They won't want to risk pensioning you off with a possible compensation pay-out. They'd far rather move you sideways, particularly as you'd move willingly. You could well be offered jobs before they become advertised and there's a good chance of financial promotion. You might have to settle for some stopgap position temporarily until the right vacancy turns up but otherwise you're sitting fairly pretty. If you can, stay put.
  2. Could have laid that hedge by now.
  3. Thanks for the advice. There is no question of me felling myself. I might risk a fine by felling a dangerous tree in my own garden but felling someone else's without their permission is another matter altogether. The foliage currently appears perfectly healthy but it was standing perfectly straight last winter when so it's moved since then. I'm getting a local surgeon to look at it. If he says it's dangerous I'll rope it to prevent it tilting any further and at the same time try and contact the property's owners. I really don't want even minor damage to my mother's house. She's 95 and in very poor health. At the moment she's in hospital. If anything happens to her house it would literally worry her to death.
  4. There are no overhanging branches I can take off that would help rebalance it - it's pretty columnar in shape. I could rope it to a much smaller cherry tree about ten feet away but it would only decelerate or deflect any fall. I don't think it could stop it. I suspect LGPMA will be extremely long winded but I am going approach the tree officer tomorrow. The clincher for a quick decision might be if it sickened and died. Perhaps it will..
  5. Thanks. I'll check for contact details tomorrow. I may as well contact the LA anyway as they're going to have to be involved at some point. They may have the owners details as well. They must have been notified. Actually it would be nice if the tree officer could condemn the tree so I didn't have to get an arb survey.
  6. What's my legal position though? Previous owner deceased, house unoccupied and in receivership, tree in conservation area.. If a qualified tree surgeon condemns the tree on safety grounds, can I legally have it felled?
  7. There is a large tree on the property next door to my mother's house that has got me worried. It looks to be some sort of prunus from the leaves but it's very large, must be 35 to 40 feet high and the trunk is about 18" thick. It is certainly taller than mother's house and is less than 5 metres from the building. The proximity to her foundations has has always caused me concern but I've just noticed it is leaning alarmingly as well, and towards her house. If it were to fall it would cause serious structural damage and since it would land on the back yard, back door and utility room which are all in constant use, there is a potential danger to life as well. Naturally I would like to see the tree come down and would be perfectly willing to do it myself at my own expense if the neighbour can't manage it. The problem is, the neighbour died a few months ago after a long illness. We learned after his death that he had taken out equity release on the house and presumably he must have taken out most of the property's market value because on his death an insolvency firm took possession of the place. The lady he was living with, who he wasn't married to and who had no legal claim on the house, was permitted to remove her own personal possessions but nothing else, then the locks were changed and legal notices and keep out signs went up. To make things worse we are in a conservation area. I am certain this tree poses a potential risk to life and a danger to property and I'd like it removed as soon as possible. The leaves haven't dropped and we're experiencing high winds which are pushing it further towards mother's house. In the circumstances I daren't just go and drop the thing myself, though I'm sorely tempted. But what should I do? The neighbour is dead, god knows what the legal position is with the insolvency firm and I'm unsure whether to consult the tree officer in the first instance. She is quite officious and I want to make sure I have the best case and not make matters worse. Where do I start? I'd be really grateful for any advise.
  8. They can't put off an election forever...
  9. To a hedge layer this is reading like the thread from hell. Topping a mixed native hedge.. AAAAARGH!
  10. I wouldn't be keen of a wood store as part of the house with just a communicating door, like an old fashioned coal hole. Wood stacks attract mice, insects and wood borers. I'd rather have them in separate buildings, maybe with a covered walkway or something in between. Mine woodshed is at the other end of the garden which is not ideal when its wet. In an ideal world a nice outbuilding separated from the back door by a clear-roofed yard would suit me perfectly. Fill up the log basket in your slippers without getting wet and somewhere to hang all the rabbit carcasses that I can't be arsed to do til the morning..
  11. A veranda. Brilliant things. You can store stuff under them and sit outside in the dry even when it's raining. And when you're old you can wear dungarees and sit in rocking chair drinking moonshine. Needs a clear roof if it's over any windows or you'll darken the room. Be careful storing firewood under a veranda though. If you're not careful your'll find yourself cutting your logs to length with a tape measure and stacking them end-grain against the wall in a Country Life photo shoot art installation. From there it's a short step to wearing red corduroys and joining the village wine club.
  12. A ghost gum is a truly beautiful thing but as will so much else - location, location, location...
  13. Gimlet

    Instant hedging

    Don't want to hijack here but how quickly will hornbeam form a decent hedge? My client has ruled out beech on the grounds that he wants a hedge for shelter and privacy and he's sixty years old now. I've laid hornbeam a few times and it does regrow very well and bushes up nicely. More so than beech I would say. Edit: I had a huge beech hedge at my old house. It was six feet thick, at least (a Stihl long reach trimmer wouldn't reach the other side) and ten feet tall. I found it retained it's leaves best if cut once in August. If I cut it later or too close to a frost leaf retention wasn't reliable. Can you be sure the farmer next door won't flail the leaves off it in the middle of winter..?
  14. Gimlet

    Instant hedging

    It's going to be costly wherever you source them. I have a similar job pending. A customer has a Thuja hedge that has been trimmed too hard and some of it has died. He wants to replace it with something fairly fast growing and evergreen but non-coniferous. It's an exposed part of his garden and it backs onto a field so like yours it will get flailed on the farmer's side. I've suggested Portuguese laurel or Pyracantha red column. The Pyracantha has the advantage that it is vigorous and bushy enough right down to the ground that it doesn't need to be planted in a double row, making it cheaper. Pyracantha won't get eaten by livestock either because it's too spiny. In my case the neighbouring field is arable but if it's pasture Portuguese Laurel wouldn't be suitable because it's toxic to livestock.
  15. I think Eucalypts are like sombreros and sangria. They're great when you see them in their native environment when you're on holiday, but somehow they don't have quite the same effect back in the UK. I don't know which Eucalyptus species is prevalent in the UK but they always look scruffy, peeling, gangling and a bit sad. And they have a nightmare root system. A bedraggled Eucalypt shedding its bark all over a rainy suburban garden in Britain doesn't quite have the impact of a white ghost gum against against blue skies and red earth in the Australian outback. Firewood is probably the best thing to do with them.


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