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Kent Arboreal

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  1. Best moment has to be when his tape comes unstuck. Good luck popping that back on. Still, nice to see he’s cutting to spec anyway... [emoji23]
  2. That ghost story has been reported all over the country not just in Weymouth. In fact I had a similar experience a couple of weeks ago when the pubs opened at 730 am because the rugby World Cup final was on. Seem the spirits are more active that time of the morning.
  3. The whole wing of the house. ?! That’s quite the apparition. my uncle used to tell a story of when he was a boy in the 1950s and walking across the fields near his house saw a big stone wall with a door in it and a woman beckoning him in. There was no wall there and he said he got a strong feeling that he shouldn’t go in and instead ran home. He swears this is true although it sounds bonkers.
  4. I’ve had so many! I had a guy who thought being hung over was a fine excuse for being off sick. Sacked him in the end. I had a guy from an agency who on his first day had turned up on site and felled a 40ft 15 in diameter ash tree with a b&q handsaw before we’d arrived with the kit. Fuck knows how he managed it, no notch or anything, just cut straight through and thank fuck it fell somewhere safely! A few stormed off site over the years. And anAustralian guy who quit on the spot and never worked for us again after a digger driver from another firm took the piss out of him. Good people are hard to come by. Especially when you’re a small outfit and don’t have the time or resources to keep em in line with an HR department and all that jazz.
  5. Trackers only go so far, once it shows up your kits with the Irish wombles and the hopeless fuzz don’t wanna go in and get it then it’s lost any way.
  6. Now that’s a good one!
  7. Oooh creepy! Canterbury has a lot of history, theres been a town for 3000 years. Bound to be a few ghosts there.
  8. I know Halloween has just gone, but I wondered if anyone has any of their own ghost stories from jobs they've worked on. I've been in this business ten years and only have one. I got the idea as I decided to write about it in a halloween blog post for the company website for a bit of fun. I've copied and pasted it here, what do you guys reckon, and do you have any of your own? As it is halloween, we thought why not write a post about a local haunting. But this one is a post with a difference because it happened first hand to the Kent Arboreal team on a job in Hoath. To protect the privacy of the customer, we'll not mention their names nor the exact location. Hoath is a little village near Canterbury and Sturry, out on the old marshes that were once the Wantsum channel. A few years ago in 2014, Kent Arboreal were called to a job in a beautiful house there. The house was a converted barn and had been bought by the new owners who wanted some work to be done there before moving in as is often the case. So the first step was to visit the property and take a look to come up with a price for the job. There was a great deal of land surrounding the property with extensive gardens that had fallen into a state of disrepair. After visiting the property, Ben returned saying that the place gave him the creeps and that although it was empty and isolated, several hundred yards from the next dwelling, he felt like he was being watched. Obviously, we all laughed at him, he priced the job, which was a big one and would need us to be on site for about five days, and forgot about the whole thing. As it turned out, we were given the contract for the garden clearance and various tree works, and we booked in for a few weeks time. When we arrived on site, there was a crew of builders there already, who were working inside the house, and living there for a couple of weeks while they carried out the renovations. When we arrived, we said our hellos, and John asked what they thought of the house. The reply was; "It's a lovely place, but it's haunted to $*%^!" We laughed and asked why they thought that and they told us that all night they could hear banging coming from empty rooms, their tools were being moved around, they heard whispering, and one had even received a phone call from a distant voice that couldn't be understood, from the number 000000000. He showed us the call record to prove it on his mobile phone. Interested, but till not entirely convinced, we got on with our work. Joe told us that the back courtyard garden gave him the willies, but apart from that, day one was uneventful. On day two, it was quiet in the morning, then in the afternoon, I went inside for a coffee. While I was there, there was knocking sounds coming from one of the back rooms. Nobody was in there, but it could well have been someone in one of the garden areas knocking against the wooden walls from outside while doing some job or another. But then there was a sound like wallpaper being unrolled, or a poster falling off a wall, something like that. It came from the hall, then out of the hall, a shadow shot through the kitchen and out of the front door. I was alone in the house at the time, and after looking at every angle, the only way the shadow could have been cast was by the kitchen lights in the middle of the room, but there was nothing to cast it. I was starting to become a believer. On day three, Paul, one of the builders, was having an argument with somebody on the phone. When he hung up he said; "I can't believe that! The driver from the skip company says he won't come here to pick up the skip unless we can promise there's someone on site to meet him because he reckons he saw something here when he dropped the skip off before we got here and it's definitely haunted." When he did arrive, he said that when he dropped the skip off the first time, he knew the place was empty but he saw someone moving around in there, and while he was unloading the skip the radio in his lorry came on loud with a load of static. Day four was quiet apart from the knocking and banging which we'd all got used to by then, even though it was louder than before, and definitely not one of us messing about. On day five a guy turned up to put in a new tv ariel and that involved some wiring being fitted in the back room where most of the noises came from. A few hours in, he was having a coffee with everyone else in the kitchen, and said that he'd be glad when he was done, because that room was creeping him out. He said that he was sure he kept hearing someone walking around in there but there was nobody inside the house, let alone in that room. The final thing that happened while we were working there, was that another contractor turned up to do some light fittings, and parked outside the house. While he was in there, his van radio came on really loud with a lot of static, just like the skip driver had said happened when he was there before. A few weeks after we'd been there, the new owners had moved in, and John and I went over to visit them and settle up the bill one evening after work. John was curious, and asked the owner if he was enjoying living there. He obviously read between the lines a bit, maybe he'd already been asked about the place by one of the other contractors, and he responded by saying; "It's a beautiful house, but I must say, it takes on a completely different feeling at night. It's not such a nice place after it gets dark." We returned to work there a couple more times on smaller jobs, but as the clients were living there full time by then, we didn't spend much time in the actual house itself, but on one occasion, we were in the kitchen in the evening, having a cup of tea with the owner, when from the back room there was a huge crash, like a wardrobe being pushed over. The owner just put his finger up and whispered; "Please just pretend you didn't hear that. We don't want the children to be scared."
  9. They’re all scams. Some begun as scams then tried to go straight. Some were scams all along. Some had teams of executives where not all of them were aware it was a scam. Some thought they were legit but actually they were a scam. Icos and crypto trading are a very easy way to spend lots of money and get a bunch of digital magic beans in return. But then this is an old thread, so you probably all know that now.
  10. Beware of how it reads when you open the doors
  11. Yeah, like the worlds most disappointing time capsule.
  12. YES!!!! I’ve actually walked away from a couple of those. And another one, people who pick up dog shit in a plastic bag then chuck it on the floor. Surely that’s actually WORSE than just leaving it?!
  13. If you’re using a sharp saw then nothing should be slow to cut small diameter wood. If the chain falls off it’s either stretching (because it’s new or because it’s overheating due to lack of chain oil) or it’s the wrong chain. That said use a small bar in a tight area for max manoeuvrability. You’ve undercharged on the job plus if you’re charging that rate for what is turning into two days work then there aren’t two of you on it, so you’re swinging a chainsaw alone in a field. This all sounds terrifying!!!
  14. I hate it when you hire a new bloke and he calls in sick on day one. 9 out of ten does that. Or their nan has contracted a terrible illness or worse, died. That’s happened so many times that I’m starting to worry that working for me could be a serious risk factor for your elderly rellies!
  15. This was the big house with the paddocks next to the Indian restaurant at the top of the hill there. Removing about 15 self seeded elder from a neglected paddock.
  16. The hill top in Charing in Kent. Lovely part of the world.
  17. Been a wet and miserable day at times, and at other times gorgeous sunshine, but with views like this one who’d work indoors?!
  18. The job is hard work, but I wouldn’t trade views like these for the walls of an office.
  19. Sorry I just replied with a quote and no actual text. God I'm bad with technology! What I meant to say was, "great bit of kit that". But I think I've spoiled it now!
  20. I love these posts. I always think to take pics on the way home when it’s too bloody late!
  21. I pop mine on my Ifor as it does look a bit wibbly wobbly! Says off road use only which made me wonder if it was a bit unstable. but for chipping, excellent value for money!
  22. Don't get me wrong, mine will gobble through it like nobodys business, its putting too much through the chute at once it doesnt like. With other species it doesn't seem to mind as much, but with the conifers it seems to block easier.
  23. The smaller chippers dont like conifers much. They shred it into a fine dust that settles in the chute. Best way to avoid it is to make sure you don't put too much through at one time. Simple enough in theory, but the temptation always wins out in my experience!


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