Pro Arb August 2017

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AUGUST 2017

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NEWS 04 AGENDA

What more can be done to improve public awareness of the role that arborists play?

06 NEWS A roundup of industry news

08 PREVIEW: CONFOR WOODLAND SHOW Highlights you won’t want to miss

FEATURES

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Everything you need to know to enter

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AN INTERVIEW WITH Alison Lovejoy and Jess James from Arbor-Call in Hampshire

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OPINION Rob McBride transports us to one of his most beloved treescapes

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AERIAL WORK Paul George explores how to complete aerial work in as safe a manner as possible

20 A NEW LEAF An in-depth look at Ulmus ‘New Horizon’ and the revitalisation of the elm

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BIRDWATCH How to deal with birds during tree work and the regulations which protect them

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TOP TEN TIPS Getting the most efficient asset management strategy

28 PESTS AND DISEASES Identifying and tackling leaf curl

29 SAY WHAT YOU MEAN Jonathan Hazell advises on the best way to communicate with clients

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CHAINSAWS Prevent dulling and maintain productivity

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MEWPs Using them safely in bad weather

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ARB KIT All the latest arb kit

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TOOLBOX Lakewood Tree Surgeons

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ANCIENT TREE COLUMN Jack’s Yak, Cumbria

CONTENTS

WELCOME AUGUST 2017 • VOLUME 4 • ISSUE 8

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elcome to the August issue of Pro Arb magazine. This month we have been preparing for the Confor Woodland Show, taking place in early September – we’ll be out and about at the show and hope to see some of you there. We’ve previewed the show on page 9, so hea there to fin out about what will be going on across the event. Now, onto this month’s issue. The law surrounding nesting birds can be unclear, so we’ve spoken to Flora at One World Arboriculture to clear things up on when nesting season is, which species are protected, and how to protect yourself legally when dealing with birds. It is well worth a read, as Flora revealed some interesting points about the law which are sometimes misunderstood. Find it on pages 23-25. Next month promises to be a busy one with several trips planned for the Pro Arb team. As well as continuing preparations for the Confor Woodland Show, we’ll be attending a tree planting workshop at Hillier Nurseries, which has

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WHAT MORE CAN BE DONE TO IMPROVE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE ROLE THAT ARBORISTS PLAY? ALASDAIR JEFFREY

Managing director, AJ Arborists

“We all have a smartphone and can take interesting photos and videos of our work” The Arb Association does a lot in this area. For example, it moved the ARB Show to Westonbirt, and has an informative website and active social media feed. Despite these e orts, howe er, people often still ask e what a tree surgeon actually does. In an ideal world, we would all contribute a percentage of our earnings into a pot and pay so e high ying creati e agency to ru up an impressive TV ad that explains what we do an how to fin a goo contractor ut let s face it, this is unrealistic – we have to work with what we’ve got. We all have a smartphone, we all have the ability to take interesting photos and videos of our work, and we all have access to social networks that millions of people use every day. I tweet as often as possible, and it’s a great way to promote my working life and also make important contacts. In addition to this, we must engage and educate the public wherever we go – whether we’re out pricing a job, or having a drink in the pub at the end of a long day. People should be able to take an interest in you and your job

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without feeling like they’re being sold to every step of the way. The more awareness the public has about the need to maintain trees – and about the excellent work we do as an industry – the ore we shoul all benefit as a result

DOMINIC RIDLEY

Managing director, Ridleaves

“Our industry is visually interesting, so we should be well placed to promote it through social media” During our discussions with clients, the myriad of benefits that trees o er society an the environment appears to be understood by individuals, but recent surveys still show that our role as arborists is underappreciated. However, public awareness may not be the real issue. During public infrastructure projects, local authorities all too often see trees as ‘just green things that stand in the way’ – this is possibly a greater issue. What we can do as arborists is focus on the positi e benefits o ere by trees, an on how we can maintain and increase these benefits rees are co ple an awe inspiring organisms, and every time we meet members of the public it is our opportunity to educate them on their importance.

With the opportunities o ere by social and new media, it has never been easier to interact with the public – our industry is visually interesting, so we should be well placed to promote it through this media. What we need is an industry lead, and a clear message on what we do and the value we can o er

FRED BURKITT

Director, The Blue Company

“Three things can be done: educate clients, be professional and join the Arb Association” Absolutely. Few members of the public know what an arborist does, let alone the important role they play. The work we do is very visible but, sadly, the best work goes unnoticed by the public and only the street tree pollarding is ever seen. Three things can be done to increase awareness of the importance of arborists, and each of them starts at the grassroots: 1. Educate – make it your mission to inform your customers about why you’re recommending work, and why we do things in a certain way. 2. Professionalism – take pride in how you and your work are presented and carried out.

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Arb Association support the organisation by beco ing a e ber The additional funds can help to lobby the go ern ent an i pro e our public perception through targete ca paigns an specific accre itation sche es any be oan that our knowledge and skills go unrecognised and un erpai his will only change if e eryone in the industry takes personal responsibility for how we are percei e collecti ely

DUNCAN ARMSTRONG

Owner, Aspen Tree Care

“There is something wanting in our industry’s ability to be present and visible” I recently heard a report on Radio 4’s PM show about the he el tree assacre, an was so disappointed by the lack of decent arboricultural input on the progra e that e aile the a isguste of ewes letter f the an especially a io 4, which is enerate as a bastion of balance ournalis is so lacking in a straightforwar route to arb professionals, there is so ething seriously wanting in our industry’s ability to be present an isible when re uire urely this is an ai of the Arb Association pretty sure it was one of the last aren artin s key strategic goals

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CLARE BRUSH & DAVID RILEY Manager and Team leader, Essex Arboriculture Ltd

“Social media should be used to increase awareness of the role that arborists play” As people increasingly rely on social e ia, the in ustry see s to be far ore in the public eye ocial e ia is a powerful tool for contractors to spread the word about their ser ices, as well as for raising awareness of the nee for trees to be carefully anage , and also of accidents in the workplace acci ents caught on fil always see to go iral With this in in , social e ia shoul surely also be harnessed to increase awareness of the role that arborists play t can be use to e ucate people about the i portance of using a ualifie arborist to aintain the health an longe ity of our trees, to highlight the nee for ore than ust chainsaw certificates when un ertaking tree work, an to show how risks shoul be anage e ecti ely We also believe that organisations such as Trading tan ar s an the , along with the Arb Association, coul an shoul o ore to increase public awareness regarding the true role that arborists play

Next month: Do you think the government’s new ‘Trailblazer’ apprenticeships will have a positive impact on the arboriculture industry?

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A ROUNDUP OF ALL THE LATEST ARBORICULTURE NEWS FROM AROUND THE UK. FOR MORE STORIES VISIT WWW.PROARBMAGAZINE.COM

INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED FORESTERS UPDATE Andy Lederer, ICF development director, attended the AllParty Parliamentary Group on Horticulture and Gardening event organised by the Arboricultural Association (AA) on 18 July 2017 in Victoria ower ar ens, on on The event focused on the need to invest in the urban forest an the nee for skille and professional individuals to be utilise by ecision akers fro a local to national le el Keith Sacre, chairman of the

AA, uantifie the i pact that a lack of in est ent an neglect for biosecurity will have on the urban forest Keith used some startling facts that not only outlined the e ect to the cli ate an other associate benefits of trees, but the history and aesthetic sense of place that woul be lost inally, ohn arker, chair of the on on ree cers

Association and associate member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, gave the keynote a ress on the role of tree o cers an a nee for investment in the management of the urban forest ohn taske those present to promote to their peers that urban tree management should not be perceived as a cost but an investment in the long term future of the environment and public health www.charteredforesters.org

WHITEHALL ANNOUNCES TREE PLANTING FUND The government has announced a £13m fund to help councils plant more trees and reduce the oo risk to co unities The forestry minister Thérèse o ey confir e the opening of the next round of the Woodland Creation Grant, which is designed to protect wildlife, boost the timber sector and re uce oo risk

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Local authorities as well as farmers and foresters will be able to apply for up to £6,800 per hectare to plant an protect trees The fund – part of the Countryside Stewardship scheme – will help plant more than three million trees, creating 1,900 hectares of new woo lan “Our forests and woodlands are vital for providing timber,

improving the environment and protecting our wil life, sai o ey he announce ent demonstrates the government’s ongoing commitment to the forestry sector and to bio i ersity hope to see as many applications as possible so this important industry can continue to thri e www.localgov.co.uk

FÖRST LAUNCHES NEW FUEL EFFICIENT WOODCHIPPER

Först is fully prepared for the Stage V emissions regulations coming into force in 2019 with the launch of a new fuel e cient, petrol powere woo chipper The ST6P is an extension of Först’s range of 6in capacity machines, which is powered by a 7hp twin petrol engine Doug Ghinn, director at Först, commented: “The new engines emissions regulations coming into force in 2019 will have a huge impact on the industry and it’s important that we introduce a new Stage V compliant machine, to ensure our customers can be fully prepared for these changes far ahea of ti e www.forst-woodchippers.com

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HONORARY FELLOWSHIP AWARDED TO PAUL NOLAN OBE Myerscough College has announced the awarding of its latest Honorary Fellowship to Paul Nolan OBE, director of The Mersey Forest. Paul has been inducted into the college’s elite group of inspirational people and joins a club that includes names from the worlds of business, sport and entertainment. Paul is the director of The Mersey Forest, a growing

network of woodlands and green spaces across Cheshire and Merseyside, which has been creating ‘woodlands on your doorstep’ for 25 years. Since then, through community

and partnership working, they have planted more than nine illion trees e ual to fi e trees for every person living in the area. Paul said: “I have been extraordinarily fortunate to have

worked with some extremely gifted, hardworking and inspirational people. As you start on the next stage of your career, fin these people With others who share your vision you will achieve more than you can imagine. And, as you gain experience and knowledge, be one of those inspiring people that gets things one www.myerscough.ac.uk

SWEET CHESTNUT BLIGHT CONFIRMED IN LONDON

The 51st Arboricultural Association National Amenity Conference, to be held at Exeter University from 10 to 13 September, has attracted ten international speakers, including An reas olo , with rotect an Survive’ as the event’s theme.

Sweet chestnut blight has been found in south east London, the UK government’s chief plant health o cer has confir e Action is being taken to identify and control the disease. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and Forestry Commission are carrying out surveillance of sweet chestnut trees in the area. Further action will be taken on the basis of surveillance information and scientific e i ence The disease, caused by the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica, causes foliage to wilt and die and cankers to develop on the tree surface, which may eventually kill the tree. Chestnut blight does not pose any risk to people or livestock, and is only

olo is chair of orest otany at The Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), and irector of the a liate haran t Botanic Garden/Saxony State Arboretum, which is an important part of his work. His

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main research areas are urban trees and drought stress. The Association’s chairman Keith Sacre visited him in Germany. “I knew something of Andreas and his work, but wanted to fin out ore, sai acre he book ‘Urban Tree Management for the Sustainable Development of Green Cities’, which he edited, is the first of his books to be a ailable in nglish olo will ake a presentation on the visual assessment of tree vitality through branch architecture. He will explain a vitality assessment approach, which is based on branching structures’ chronic decrease of vitality and how it can be recognised. www.trees.org.uk

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known to seriously a ect sweet chestnut (Castanea) species. Andy Hall, Forestry Commission England’s tree health team leader, said: “When isease is i entifie , we take prompt action and activate our contingency plans to help mitigate the impact of the threat. he first stage in this plan is to survey the infected areas so we can gain a thorough understanding of the extent of the problem and how best to respon www.forestry.gov.uk

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2017’S CONFOR WOODLAND SHOW WILL BE THE BIGGEST AND MOST EXCITING SHOW YET, WITH AN EXTENDED FIELD DEMONSTRATION AREA OFFERING VISITORS MORE TO SEE THAN EVER BEFORE

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lternating with Confor’s APF Exhibition, the Confor Woodland Show provides an excellent two-day opportunity for those working in the industry to shop around, meet with their suppliers and fellow landowners, and discuss the future of forestry and woodland management in the UK. Exhibitors To date, 110 exhibitors have confir e their atten ance, with Tilhill Forestry, Euroforest and Aspen Fuel sponsoring the two-day event. We’ll see lots of fresh faces in September, with 29 of this year’s exhibitors making their debut show appearance. As always, there will be impressive demonstrations and quality information from a variety of suppliers across the forest, woodland and arboriculture sectors – from insurers, publishers, machinery manufacturers and dealers, to consultants, contractors, and those supplying woodfuel equipment, saws and tools. Among those in attendance, GreenMech will be exhibiting its new Arborist 200 chipper at stand E6 – the largest model in its Arborist range. Visitors to the stand will also be able to see the ArbTrak 150 and CS100 machines, and consult with

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the sales team for comprehensive technical advice. Silky Fox saws will be at stand W43 in the woodland demo area, where you are invited to check out its wide range of professional handsaws, folding saws and polesaws, complemented by Okatsune – Japan’s most popular brand of secateurs, shears and snips. Seminars Over the course of both days, Confor will be hosting a series

of seminars and refreshments, discussing a range of useful topics including forestry beyond Brexit, grants to support forestry investments, woodland on farms, grey squirrel management, timber security and technology, hardwood prices, the importance of quality woodfuel, and competitors working together. Forest Workers’ Zone The Forest Workers’ Zone returns in 2017 with plenty of drop-in clinics for practical advice.

7-8 SEPTEMBER LONGLEAT, WILTSHIRE

Virtual reality At the Confor tent, you will be able to experience the journey of a tree from forest to sawmill in 360º virtual reality. Demos and entertainment As well as advice and information, the Confor Woodland Show will also be packed with entertainment, including demonstrations and participation opportunities from archers, horse loggers, chainsaw carvers and UK Loggers.

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All you need to know THINKING OF ENTERING OR NOMINATING A COWORKER FOR 30 UNDER 30: THE NEXT GENERATION 2017? HERE ARE THE DETAILS YOU NEED... Who is the competition aimed at? The competition runs across Pro Arb, Pro Landscaper and FutureArch magazines, all published by Eljays44. The 30 winners will come from the arboriculture, landscaping, and landscape architecture industries – so anyone working in those professions, no matter what role they play, is able to enter. What must you have achieved to enter? With so any i erent in ustries inclu e , an so any i erent roles, it is i cult to pinpoint one e act thing that we re looking for t coul be that so eone has gone the e tra ile for their company, shown brilliant promise, or has simply been fantastic over a long period of time. Why is the competition being run? The idea of the competition is to celebrate the work that young people entering the industry are doing. Not only is it important to recognise their achievements, but we also hope that this will help inspire the ne t generation to get in ol e an see the in ustry as a genuine career option. Can I nominate someone else? Absolutely – applications can be submitted by the entrant the sel es, or you can fill out a for for so eone else f there is so eone in your o ce who you feel eser es so e recognition, feel free to fill out the application for on their behalf Do you have to be under 30? As long as you were 30 or under on 1 January 2017, you are eligible to enter the competition. When will the winners be announced? The winners will be announced across our publications before an award ceremony that will take place on Tuesday 14 November, at FutureScape 2017. How do I enter? To receive an application form, email joe.betts@eljays44.com. i ply fill out the application an return it to oe by 1 epte ber Good luck!

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AN INTERVIEW WITH

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DIRECTORS ALISON LOVEJOY AND JESS JAMES TALK TO PRO ARB ABOUT HOW ARBOR-CALL HAS EXPANDED AND THE STATE OF THE ARB MARKET

How did you both get into the arboriculture industry? AL: Jess started out as a tree surgeon, which is something he did for many years. I joined the industry with Arbor-Call eight years ago and wanted to improve the company on a business level. Since then, we’ve gone from strength to strength. It started slowly as we had to build up the foundations, but in the last few years we’ve really developed our market. We’ve branched out into the commercial sector, so we have a presence in both the commercial and domestic markets and can service both. Would you say it’s a 50/50 split? AL: I would say that’s about right overall but it can vary from time to time. We provide the service as and when required. Alison, what do you do day to day? AL: I spend most of my time making a lot of decisions and answering all the questions that get thrown in my direction, unfortunately leaving little time to get on with the things

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that I really want to do. Sometimes it’s a case of the urgent stealing attention away from the important, but that’s a hazard for all small businesses. My role is to oversee all the operations here and to organise it all. Having said that, I would be nowhere without our o ce sta When the co pany was smaller I did have to do it all on my own and now I’m so grateful to have a team for support.

we are continuously reinvesting in better kit which will make us more efficient and cost effective

What is the structure of the business? AL: Well, ess an are responsible for the o erall running of the business, then we have Ross who is our manager for the tree surgery teams and also does our domestic surveys, and Marco Bartolini who is our arboricultural consultant n the o ce, we have Gertrude who works on the marketing and compliance side of the business, and Vicky who deals with administration management and accounts. JJ: ur o ce is locate on the site where we li e hat s a e such a i erence because pre iously, when we would pack up and leave at the end of the day, we were vulnerable to break-ins. Our security here is top of the range and protects both our home and our business so we have far greater peace of mind. AL: What s great about our tea is that we all work very, very hard but everyone gets on well. It’s wonderful that we have good team chemistry and a shared understanding that it’s important to enjoy what you do. What is the next step for the business? AL: We re always looking to e pan , an ha e grown so uch o er the past eight years With the appoint ent of arco artolini we can now o er a full consultancy service for both commercial and domestic clients and can provide tree reports, VTAs and handle queries relating to all aspects of legislation rele ant to trees inclu ing health an safety We re constantly looking for opportunities to reinvest and e pan the business JJ: We e ust taken eli ery of a huge, bran new an it 19 p chipping achine which can be re otely controlle , an cost a uarter of a illion poun s We belie e this kin of in est ent will in uence the kin of obs we can han le an take us to the ne t le el AL: Yes, we’re continuously reinvesting in better plant an achinery which will ake us ore e cient an cost e ecti e

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So, do you find people hire you on the basis that you can do it all? JJ: Absolutely We now o er a co prehensi e range of services; however, we still need to work on making sure that people know that. Are there any industry problems you think should be tackled? AL: Safety is a massive issue. I can’t believe that anyone can simply go out and buy a chainsaw – it just seems crazy. Even power hedge tools – they are so dangerous if you don’t know how to use them properly. JJ: I think the Arb Association should take more control over who displays their logo. We’ve put an awful lot of e ort in to get to where we are, but unfortunately you get people who buy stickers o the internet and put them on their vans saying they are Arb Approved. AL: I would also say that there needs to be more education available to the public about tree management. Property owners often don’t realise their responsibilities. They have a duty of care for their trees and often don’t know that they are legally liable for them. JJ: I did a site visit to a school in London some time ago where they hadn’t done a report on any of their trees f a branch ha fallen o an in ure a chil then it would have been their responsibility, and they would

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have been liable. That’s why, as Alison said, people need to be aware. AL: It’s all about being proactive to problems with trees rather than reactive when a problem occurs. What would you say are the most satisfying aspects of the job? AL: Since I left property development and have been oing this feel ore fulfille , an there is a lot ore satisfaction in helping people. Our job is not just about taking down trees, it’s very much about managing and looking after them. I didn’t appreciate trees until I started doing this work – most developers want them out and obviously, that is necessary sometimes. But where we can, we do try to advise people to keep and maintain trees. JJ: In terms of the care and preservation of trees, we do a lot of tree spading and tree relocation. We’ve just completed a project where 114 trees were relocated. The thing that gives me a buzz is our constant expansion. It keeps the business fresh and energized. AL: Exactly that – taking a look back at what we’ve achieved gives us a huge buzz. It’s amazing to look back and think we’ve done this, and we’re excited about the future.

you can never be complacent – we’re always exploring other areas within the industry which we could move into

Do you feel the arboriculture market is in a healthy condition at the moment? AL: There are a lot of tree surgeons out there, and I think the Arb Association imposes high standards on those of us who want to have their seal of approval. However, there are a lot of smaller operations out there who do not have the health and safety accreditations that we have, and bring the industry into disrepute. Our feedback from clients has always been that we might not be the cheapest, but our professionalism and high standards make us value for money. JJ: We can never be complacent — we’re always exploring other areas in the industry that we could o e into We fin that the large fir s also re uire consultancy services, ecology, tree protection etc., so we ake sure that we o er the full ser ice think that s what akes us i erent fro a lot of our competition and helps us to win the larger contracts.

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ROB MCBRIDE TRANSPORTS US TO THE PEACE AND QUIET OF WEASTE CEMETERY IN SALFORD, WHERE PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE CAN ENJOY SPENDING TIME AMONG THE POPLARS

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don’t know about you, but I am in desperate need of some happy tree news for once. So, for August I am going to ‘Weaste’ your time a little, transporting you to the very Aragonese treescape of Weaste Cemetery, right in the centre of Salford, Manchester.

What always intrigues me is people and how they relate to trees

Weaste Cemetery was opened in 1857 and is the oldest of Salford’s four municipal cemeteries. Manchester’s heavy air pollution was well known, so when planting trees, the city council looked to black poplars (Populus nigra), as it was able to withstand these high levels of industrial pollution. It was so widely planted in the area that the specific tree use , a culti ar of

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Populus nigra subsp. betulifolia, became known as Manchester Poplar. Unfortunately, poplar scab enturia populina has a ecte many of these trees, and some of them have had to be felled. Weaste Cemetery is listed and also has six listed monuments; personally, I think its Manchester Poplars should be listed too, and given special status or protection.

To walk around the cemetery is a fascinating experience. There are many headstones here, some half-buried, others leaning against trees. As I gazed upon the rows of black poplar pollards, I was almost convinced that I had been transported to the wilds of Aragon. What always intrigues me is people and how they relate to trees; at Weaste Cemetery I met Rob, a roofer who was out walking his dog. Rob said he has been coming to the cemetery for 30 years for the uiet space it o ers, walking his dogs and spending time with his grandchildren. Next, I met two young lads of about 20, who told me about other areas where there are great trees; like Rob, they had come to the cemetery to enjoy the peace. The interpretation board calls Weaste Cemetery ‘a tranquil green oasis in an urban landscape.’ That is an understatement for sure. If you fin yourself nearby, o take the time to go and see this place and its wonderful treescape – I can promise that you will be richly rewarded.

Find Weaste Cemetery at: Cemetery Road (off Eccles New Road), Salford M5 5NR City of Trees is a movement that aims to restore underused and unloved woodland in Greater Manchester, and to plant a tree for every man, woman and child living in the City Region. www.cityoftrees.org.uk

ABOUT Rob McBride, ‘The Treehunter’, is a campaigner for ancient trees. www.treehunter.co.uk

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aerial work PAUL GEORGE IS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF LANDMARK TRADING LTD AND HAS WORKED IN THE ARBORICULTURAL INDUSTRY FOR 14 YEARS. HERE, PAUL SHARES EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTICES FOR AERIAL WORKERS

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tree surgeon’s work inevitably involves working at height, and this type of work presents some serious and unavoidable hazards. Data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows that around 16% of accidents related to tree work involve a fall from height, while 6% of injuries are due to impact with branches or tree trunks during uncontrolled swings. The truth is that some of these accidents would have been avoidable if the proper health and safety practices were adhered to. In this article, we are going to look at some health and safety best practice for aerial workers, specifically those involving tree work.

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Legislation and regulations There is a raft of legislation around the health and safety of employees and contractors working at height. In addition to the general duty of care imposed on employers by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, there are specific regulations that apply, including Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), all of which are enforced by the HSE. The law is clear that it is the employer’s duty to assess all tasks that employees are required to carry out, identify the hazards and implement control measures to minimise the risks. Equally, it is the employee’s responsibility to uphold the standards set in place, and to remain vigilant about their safety and that of those around them. By following the principles below, both employer and employee can ensure a more secure working environment. Controlling the risk The Work at Height Regulations 2005 require employers and contractors to ensure that all work at height is properly planned and assessed for risks, using what the legislation refers to as a ‘hierarchy of control measures’. Essentially, this means that employers need to minimise risk by looking at safer alternatives to

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If working at height is unavoidable, the next option would be to use access equipment such as work platforms

working at height if possible. An example could be carrying out work using an extending polesaw from the ground, instead of climbing the tree. If working at height is unavoidable, then the next option would be to use access equipment such as work platforms. If this is not possible then the next line of defence would be to reduce the distance that a worker could fall if there was an accident. With aerial tree work, many of these alternatives are impractical or not possible to implement. In this situation, it is necessary to minimise risk by providing adequate support from ground personnel, as well as proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Safety gear Appropriate, well fitting an a e uately aintaine PPE is necessary when working as a tree surgeon. High visibility clothing is also essential in many circumstances, such as at roadsides or on railways. Head protection is vital. For working at ground level, a helmet approved to BS EN 397 is required; when working at height, the HSE recommends a mountaineering-type safety helmet with a four-point chinstrap (compliant with BS EN 12492). he risk of eye in uries fro ying ebris shoul be reduced by wearing a mesh visor compliant with BS EN 1731. For some tasks, safety glasses (goggles) that adhere to BS EN 166 standards may be needed. Adequate noise-cancelling PPE will be needed if the tree worker is using a chainsaw. This will also mean that visual communication signals need to be established between coworkers. For tasks involving machines that emit high noise levels (such as chippers), ear defenders with a rating of SNR31 or greater are needed. To guard against injury from chainsaws, the proper foot, leg and hand protection is required – this means chainsaw boots (adhering to BS EN ISO 17249

standards) that can provide good grip, chainsaw trousers, and gloves compliant with BS EN 381-7. The HSE Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG) recommends that the legs and groin area are protected with Type C chainsaw leg protection for ‘high all-round chainsaw cut protection’. Should a risk of heat stress be i entifie ue to the use of ype trousers, then allowance is made for wearing Type A. Ground crew It is not possible to carry out aerial tree work safely without a responsible ground crew. HSE guidance is clear that the crew should always plan the job carefully with the climber before any work starts. The crew’s role is to constantly watch and communicate with the climbers and anticipate their needs. Ground crew tasks include: • Passing up equipment as needed • Ensuring that the climbing and work ropes are knotfree, and removing kinks, tangles and branch wood • Keeping ropes away from things that could cause damage, such as equipment and obstructions • Making sure that members of the public do not enter the work area, an that tra c is i erte or prevented from entering the area • Being able, trained and competent to carry out aerial rescue should the need arise. This requires total concentration and continual assessment of the work in progress.

Chainsaw work at height here are specific re uire ents for workers using saws at height: they must receive appropriate training, which is refreshed as required, and aerial work with chainsaws needs to be carried out by at least two workers. PPE is essential, and appropriate signs must be displayed and members of the public excluded. Call Landmark Trading on 01780 482231.

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ULMUS ‘NEW HORIZON’ JAMES HILLIER, ACCOUNT MANAGER AT HILLIER TREES, ON THE REBIRTH OF THE ELM

he story of Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, a recently developed species of elm, is one of triumph in the face of adversity. English elms were once a magnificent part of our countryside, celebrated in great works of art and poetry – but the awful tragedy of Dutch elm disease, first identified in the Twenties, has now wiped out more than 70% of these glorious trees across Europe and North America. Scientists began working on solutions to this disease in the Fifties; this led to the development of ‘Resista’-elms, first raised at the American University of Wisconsin. These elms resist disease completely, and can endure stressful environments. There are currently half a dozen varieties of ‘Resista’-elm available in Europe; in the UK and Ireland, Hillier Nurseries is the exclusive partner for the programme. Of the varieties we grow at our Hampshire nursery, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’ is particularly special. Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, patented in 1994, is an attractive, medium-height tree with dark, glossy leaves, and produces excellent autumn colour in usual UK conditions. It has a dense, balanced crown with even branches and upright twigs, and one dominant central leader. What makes this variety so special is its ability to withstand anything the British climate can throw at it – drought, flooding, salt-laden coastal roads, subzero temperatures. It will tolerate any soil condition – even poor soils.

Ulmus ‘New Horizon’ is suitable for a wide range of design requirements, and we particularly recommend it for urban planting. It copes brilliantly with city stresses such as pollution, and its compact habit makes it suitable for avenue or street planting. It also produces small seeds, and the leaves decompose fast – making it easier to sweep them up! It is great for wildlife too, notably the white-letter hairstreak butterfly. People love elm trees, but are still wary about planting them. We are heartened that Ulmus ‘New Horizon’ is now the most planted and specified elm in Europe. Tens of thousands have been planted, with a 100% record against Dutch elm disease. Robust testing continues, and each tree comes microchipped to allow for future monitoring and to protect the integrity of decades of research. Every Ulmus ‘New Horizon’ also comes with an Ulmus label and certificate of authenticity. We recently learned that one of the very first we planted back in 1995 is the current GB National Champion, with a height of around 18m and girth of 166cm – you can find it at Roath Mill Gardens in Cardiff. The story of Ulmus ‘New Horizon’ offers hope for future at-risk species, and teaches us important lessons: we need to plant a wide range of species, and to source British-grown trees in order to minimise disease risk among native species. Hillier Trees also now offers another Resista-elm, Ulmus ‘Rebona’, and is delighted to see the elm return to our landscapes. 01794 368733 www.hillier.co.uk/trees

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he law that concerns undertaking tree work when nesting birds are present is sometimes misinterpreted. All birds are protected under law, and this includes their nests and eggs. This means that it is not just causing the injury or death of a bird that breaches the law, it is also the damaging or removal of any nests or eggs. Are all birds given the same level of protection? “Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act there are Schedule 1 birds, which includes around 80 i erent species his inclu es the likes of harriers, barn owls and a number of other birds of prey, as well as some of the rarer small species such as Crested tits and Bearded tits, which are a bit more unusual. The birds listed under this schedule are given stronger protection, with the aim of giving them the best chance to continue breeding and increase their numbers.”

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What should you do if you find birds in a tree? If you’re conducting a tree inspection with the intention of working on the tree an you fin nesting birds, it’s best to keep a record of what you’re doing an anything you fin , to protect you fro being reported or breaking the law. “Keeping a record will provide you with backup, to show that you had the right intentions and took measures to protect the birds,” Flora explains. “The best way to do this is to incorporate it into a standard risk assessment form. When you go onto a site you shoul always be filling out a risk assess ent, looking at a range of i erent things fro rug nee les foun on the oor to unco ere holes around the tree. If you add a section for birds and bats, you know that it’s something to look out for ake it a part of your e ery ay work then, if anything does happen, a court will be able to see clearly that you did take birds into consideration.”

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If birds are found to be nesting in the tree, the best course of action is to leave the work for a few weeks and come back to it when the birds have left. However, that is not always possible – are there any other options? “The alternative is to obtain a licence from Natural England. It’s important that you don’t just start the work anyway, because the punishment for breaking the law by disturbing nesting birds can be an unli ite fine an up to si onths in prison, Flora warns.

The law expects you to take every available measure to protect nesting birds; a tree being dangerous doesn’t mean there is an automatic right to complete the work immediately

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How do you obtain a licence? If you head to www.gov.uk/government/ collections/bird-licences you will fin that there are a nu ber of i erent bir licences you can obtain. Flora recommends you give Natural nglan a call to fin out what the correct licence for you is. woul e pect that the three ost co on licences you would need would be the individual licence, the general licence and the class licence. The general license is the one to go for if you’re doing something low risk and are just looking to have a bit of backup to complete the work legally. he licences o co er all sorts of i erent things, not ust bir s, so it s i cult to a ise in a broad sense. That’s why it’s always best to check with Natural England – they will be able to listen to your situation and advise on which

licence is most appropriate. Going to them also ensures that you don’t pick the wrong one for yourself and end up in trouble despite having the right intentions While the licences are free to individuals, businesses, such as landowning organisations, are required to pay a fee. The licences also tend to last a set perio of ti e, for e a ple, if as a lan owner you re fin ing yourself regularly applying for a licence, it’s possible to pay for the upkeep of it so that you can complete work as and when you need to. Flora talks about the conditions that Natural England imposes on these licences: “It’s not the case that once you have the licence that’s it, and you can do the work without bother. Natural England is entitled to ask you to produce reports on the work, show what you did, how you utilised the licence, and how you dealt with the situation. That is why I can’t stress enough how important it is that you keep a record of e erything you o here is also an e pectation that once a licence is obtained, good practice will be carried out for all tree work ou are e pecte to co ply with 99 an to follow the procedures for working on a protected tree or in a conservation area – the licence does not grant you permission to ignore other applicable laws. here is also an e pectation un er the Ani al Welfare Act that you will not allow any unnecessary har or su ering to co e to an ani al, lora says f you fin an ani al that is in ure you woul be e pecte to either fin help, try to rescue it, or put it out of its misery in a humane manner if there really is no other option It’s also worth checking that the site you’re working on is not an area of pecial cientific nterest in these areas it’s important to inform Natural England, as there may be further constraints and conditions attached to working in these areas.

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What if birds are nesting in a tree that is deemed dangerous? There are occasions when a tree may be deemed dangerous and is in need of immediate work. On these occasions, if a bird is found to be nesting in the tree, the rules con ict so what is the best course of action? “Public safety always overrides the protection of any other species,” Flora says. “If you can prove

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that the tree is causing imminent concern for the public and could fall at any moment, then you will still be acting lawfully as your recordkeeping will show you to have been working in the public interest.” The law expects you to take every available measure to protect nesting birds; a tree being potentially dangerous doesn’t mean there is an automatic right to complete the work immediately. Flora encourages you to think about every available option: “Where I worked previously at a country park, we had a dangerous tree where some birds were nesting. Rather than panicking, we decided to re-route the path as a temporary measure, and wait until the birds had moved on.” As the end of summer approaches, it’s important that you don’t assume that nesting season is over. If in doubt about the law, the best course of action is to leave the birds to nest until you have been in contact with a body such as Natural England or the to fin out ore infor ation on how to proceed. If you would like to view the details of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, it is available on the RSPB website at www.rspb.org.uk

it’s important to always inspect the tree for birds and take it on a case by case basis

Is there a time of the year where tree work is banned entirely? The most common times of year for birds to nest in the UK is between February and August, so many believe that there are restrictions stopping certain works from taking place in this period. However, Flora disputes that idea. “Have you ever seen a bird carrying around a diary or a calendar? The reality is, they don’t always adhere to this schedule. Birds in the UK can nest as early as January, and in warm summers such as the one we’re currently having they can even continue nesting until late September. “We can’t just ban all tree work for a set period of time, because it’s not how the world works. Birds don’t stick to a schedule, and there will also be plenty of trees that don’t have birds present during this period. This is why it’s important to always inspect the tree for birds and take it on a case by case basis,” Flora explains.

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Leaf distortion and blister-like growth occurs with both leaf curl and blister diseases

so most infections occur during or just after bud break. The disease is often more severe during cool, wet weather. Once the plant tissue has matured, fungal spores that may have been present throughout the growing season are unable to infect the host. Symptoms Leaf distortion and blister-like growth occurs with both leaf curl and blister diseases. In addition, leaves curl downward and may become red or purple on Prunus spp with Taphrina deformans. The Taphrina

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Leaf curl & blistering

GLYNN PERCIVAL AND EMMA SCHAFFERT FROM BARTLETT TREE EXPERTS ADVISE ON HOW TO KEEP ON TOP OF LEAF CURL AND BLISTERING pathogen secretes phytohormones that cause abnormal cell division (hyperplasia) and enlargement (hypertrophy). This results in the blister-like deformities that are aesthetically damaging to the tree, and

photosynthesis is inhibited in diseased sections of leaves. Severe infections can cause defoliation. Over time, the leaf surface may become powdery grey in colour. There is no secondary spread of the disease from leaves infected in the spring to new leaves produced later in the growing season. Diseased twigs become swollen and stunted, and may have a slight golden colour. In addition, they normally produce curled leaves at their growing tips. Flowers and fruit may also become diseased, dropping shortly after infection. Fruit that is infected has shiny, reddish raise spots that can a ect yield and fruit quality. Control eaf curl is not i cult to control As the fungus survives the winter

on the surface of twigs and buds, a single fungicidal winter wash treatment, thoroughly covering the entire tree, will provide good control. If leaf curl does result in significant efoliation in the spring,

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eaf curl or leaf blister refers to a group of diseases caused by the fungus Taphrina. Taphrina caerulescens is the causal agent of oak leaf blister, and Taphrina deformans is the causal agent of peach leaf curl. Leaf curl and blister diseases will be visible at this time of year, with symptoms initially appearing in April and May as the pathogens infect newly growing lea es, ower parts, an fruits nly un i erentiate still growing) tissues are susceptible,

the fruit on a ecte trees shoul be thinned to compensate for the loss of leaves. Overcropping the tree will weaken it and make it more susceptible to winter injury, leading to increased chance of infections in the spring. www.bartletttree.co.uk

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JONATHAN HAZELL EXPLORES THE METHODS HE USES TO BETTER COMMUNICATE WITH CLIENTS WHO MAY NOT OTHERWISE UNDERSTAND AN ARBORIST’S INTENTIONS

I’ve tried the following arguments, with some success: • Removing a large proportion of the leaf area in one operation will seriously hinder the production of energy through photosynthesis, and so may weaken the tree by reducing its ability to produce chemical defences.

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• The wounds seldom heal, and so the tree’s inner tissues are exposed to the risk of disease and insect pests. • To compensate for the loss of leaf area the tree will put out a profusion of shoots, and a tree with insu cient energy reser es may die as a consequence. • This new growth, from buds just below the bark, is only weakly attached and so is prone to breaking o , particularly in high winds. This introduces new risks that are i cult to anage

how do you persuade your client to do the right thing?

onventional wisdom tells us that ‘the customer is always right’, but we all know that’s not necessarily true. A common client is one who is concerned about shade or tree height, thinks they know exactly how to deal with it and wants you as the contractor or consultant to agree with them. While we all know that topping isn’t the answer, how do you persuade your client to do the right thing?

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NCP car park in Milton Keynes • The natural form and grace of the tree is destroyed forever. • The tree, should it survive, may well grow back to its original height, and with a denser crown than before it was pruned – in co plete contrast to the e ect that was intended. With conifer hedges, you can also bring up the inability of some species to produce buds on old wood as another good reason not to cut the hedge back, or alternatively to remove it completely. Another common situation is when your client wants you to do something to a protected tree that you know the tree o cer will not accept – how do you persuade your client to compromise? The simple argument here is that a TPO may be made, limiting your client’s ability to do works to their tree, or that consent will be refused, preventing work from

being done. Assuming that your client wants some work to be done, try to explore alternative remedies for the problem they need to solve. he final e a ple is the development site — there’s a selection of trees, but the client wants to remove those you know the local planning authority will not agree to. A useful argument is the financial one f your client akes an application that you know will be contentious or simply refused, then they have wasted their time and there will be a cost associated with that. If the planners accept the application with conditions, there will be further costs and delays before the scheme gets going. If the application is simply refused, then there may be an appeal, or an application for a new scheme. It is much better to prevent all that wasted time and money by listening to their advisor. www.jhazell.com

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CHAINSAWS how to stay sharp

PRO ARB SPEAKS TO RICHARD WILSON, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT TIMBERPRO UK, ABOUT HOW TO PREVENT CHAINSAWS FROM DULLING AND HOW TO PROPERLY SHARPEN CHAINS WHEN IT HAPPENS

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he dulling of chainsaws is an ine itable occurrence owe er, there are steps you can take to help pre ent it, as well as to sharpen the chains when dulling does take place. aking note of your surroun ings is key to chainsaw preser ation when felling trees, for e a ple, damp or wet weather conditions and dirt can all contribute to chain wear. Furthermore, as Richard Wilson e plains, taking a few precautionary steps can make

all the i erence nsure your saw is well oiled before cutting – ha ing no oil on the saw increases friction and wear. We also suggest manually adding oil to the tip on longer bars.” he type of woo being cut also has an e ect on the wear an tear of your chainsaw, particularly with har woo s hese woo s are hardwearing due to their grain, so try to a oi cutting at knots in the woo , says ichar When cutting low to the ground, cleaning soil an irt o before letting the

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stump dry prior to cutting will help decrease wear.” If your chainsaw does become ull, a file is reco en e to sharpen it safely an e ecti ely Once the chainsaw is secured, Richard recommends sharpening the cutting teeth first osition the file epth gauge on the chain so that the arrows point towards the chainsaw bar nose. File at a right angle to the chainsaw rollers.” It is also ital to refer to the chainsaw s user anual, as rules for filing i erent achines ay ary ach

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working at height

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NICK CHILDS, SALES DIRECTOR UK & IRELAND FOR CENTRAL PLATFORM SERVICES LTD (CPS LIFT), TELLS PRO ARB ABOUT THE USE OF MEWPS IN ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

sing a MEWP is statistically proven to be one of the safest ways to work at height, as you are provided with a stable, edge protected working platform. Workers are able to be tethered in case of involuntary movement of the platform. When the weather takes a turn for the worse, there are a number of things that should be remembered when it comes to working with a MEWP. Firstly, when faced with wet and damp con itions, the risk of a asho er from overhead power lines increases greatly; secondly, and more frequently, strong winds will pose a threat.

Arborists will be familiar with the i erence between the movement at the top of a tree and the movement at the bottom, and a similar principle applies to MEWPs. With the additional weight and mass of people in the cage, the problem presented by wind is made even worse. Nick Childs, sales director for CPS Lift and dealer for Leguan, DINOlift,

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Smartlift and Laing access products, provides his top tips in these conditions. “Always carry an anemometer to measure wind speed, and do not use a MEWP if the wind spee e cee s anufacturer s recommendations,” Nick tells us. “The worst and most unpredictable type of weather is thunder and lightning – in these conditions it would be advisable not to work in a tree or a MEWP at all.” The biggest risk in poor weather is changing ground conditions. Wet ground can become soft very quickly, and as the weight of the machine shifts during operation, the base of the machine could shift at ground level. “The use of ground-matting, spreader pads and stabiliser legs are all very i portant when tra elling in i cult conditions,” Nick explains. “The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has a number of useful guides, and I would suggest this is used as formal training material for anyone using a MEWP.” If all the correct precautions are taken and risks assessed, using a MEWP can be the safest way to work at height. However, it is important to remember that extreme ground and weather conditions will stop even the most experienced arborist from climbing, so there will be times when it is not safe or appropriate to use a MEWP. www.cpslift.com

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TOOLBOX

PRO ARB VISITS LAKEWOOD TREE SURGEONS IN HAMPSHIRE TO FIND OUT ITS PREFERENCES FOR KIT

CHIPPERS

We use Forst – you get a three-year warranty, they’re built well and their back-up service is amazing. They’re local as well – the nearest factory is in Andover, which isn’t far from us. When I used to work for another company, they used Bandit chippers which are based over in the US. If you needed any parts for the machine you’d have to wait for them to arrive, and that obviously had a big effect on downtime. I think if you use a dealer as close to your business as possible then you know you’re always going to get better service.

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We tend to use Ford, so I’ve got a Ford Transit and a Ford Ranger. We’ve converted the Ranger into a tipper, for delivering logs and wood chip. They’re cheap to run, repair and service, and they’re reliable. There’s a Hendy Ford dealer based in Chandler’s Ford, which is very convenient for us for services – we can get a good deal there, being so local.

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CLIMBING EQUIPMENT

We have quite a mixture. I climb in a Petzl harness with New England ropes. I used to have a Presto sky-seat which had a solid seat, but now find that just using the leg loops is far more comfortable. It’s personal preference – another member of the team here at Lakewood still uses the sky-seat when he climbs.

STUMP GRINDERS

I’ve got a Rayco stump grinder at the moment, just a little pedestrian RG13. When we have a job where we have to use the stump grinder, two of us have to go, because we need to lift it off the van.

PPE

I think most people use Stihl, and I’ve always used them. We have a few different sizes of chainsaw – the two main ones we use are the MS 461 and MS 201TC.

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I use SIP trousers, which I’ve found to be very good and long-lasting. They’re also very comfortable, which is the main thing for tree surgeons when you’re wearing them all day long. I use HAIX boots, which, again, I think most people use. I’ve got a Stein helmet at the moment which I got at the APF and managed to get a good deal on two of them.

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Each month we feature an ancient British tree. This month the Ancient Tree Forum introduces us to...

Jack’s Yak, Cumbria The Lowther Estate in Cumbria has been through several incarnations, with in uences fro a nu ber of great lan scape esigners inclu ing apability rown, who isite the o ay, owther is ho e to the en al alling estate in 17 ol nglish oak, known as ack s ak, is a his al usic festi forestry an lan use anager for the ack an of ourite fa estate, an lea er of the A s u bria group e e plains why protecting ancient trees like this, which ha e seen centuries of history, is a key part of his work he tree is thought to be about 4 years ol , he says t sproute fro an acorn uring the reign of a es , the first king of the nite ing o , an has sur i e gra ing by woo lan ani als such as eer t grew healthily uring the reign of harles , an by the ti e eorge was crowne housan s of wagons la en with it was nearly 1 years ol stone ust ha e lu bere past it when owther astle was being built in the early 19th century a ing witnesse the recor breaking reign of li abeth , it is still going strong,

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MEET THE

SUPPLIER GEORGIA WOOD

sales and marketing coordinator, DOW Mus-Max

GEORGIA WOOD OF DOW MUX-MAX TALKS BUSINESS AND MORE Can you tell us a little bit about Dow Mus-Max? Dow has been the UK agent for Austrian woodchipper company Mus-Max since 2010, and has been in the plant and machinery industry for over 40 years. We are also the agent for Penz Cranes, Brantner Trailers and Herder-Fermex stump grinders. Herder is currently our focus for the arboriculture industry. What are the key selling points of your products? As do all our suppliers, HerderFermex prides itself in making a robust and quality product. Its grinders are well made and compact; the teeth setup allows for making the most of the power and the high pressure hydraulic drive system reduces friction loss, maintenance costs and time. The

32Hp SCT-410H is 790mm wide, enabling narrow access, and the 110Hp SCT-630H is 850mm wide. Fuel consumption is also reduced compared with other makes. What are your bestselling products? We have progressed very well with Mus-Max woodchippers, gaining a great customer base throughout the UK. Pentland Biomass has just ordered its second MusMax chipper, a WT10DLK. Woodmancote Contractors has orderd a WT12 Z which will be powered by a Fendt 1050 – this will be the first W 1 in the and is the biggest PTO chipper on the market. With Colin Todd joining our team to concentrate on the Herder-Fermex range, we hope to repeat the same success story. What kind of after-sales support do you offer? We provide 24/7 backup – if you call our emergency number we will answer the phone day or night. Most parts are kept in stock at our premises, but if it is something we don’t stock we can usually get

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it to you the next day. We have fully traine fitters who tra el the whole of the country in fully equipped vans. Training is provided at the commissioning of the machines, which includes operation, safety and maintenance. Whether it’s one on one or group training, we try to make getting used to new machines a little easier. How do you market the business? We go to many forestry and agricultural shows each year including the APF, Confor and ARB. We attended the Royal Highland Show with Pentland Biomass this year, as they had their Mus-Max WT10 XL Z on the stand and let us bring along a HerderFermex stump grinder. Demonstrations are available on all our chippers, stump grinders, cranes and trailers. Potential customers are able to see one of our current customer’s machines working, which allows them to talk to a machine user and get an insight on what they think of the performance and our backup. Are you releasing any new products in the coming months? Herder-Fermex has just launched a new tree shear – we will have one on our stand at Confor Woodland

Show on 7-8 September. We will also be doing promotional videos which go on our Facebook page. Mus-Max has released a new short wheel base lorry chipper, the Mus-Max WT8 NMV. This compact chipper lorry was originally designed for the Japanese market, but we have since realised it would work well in the UK doing roadside maintenance, as Japan are also right-hand drivers. Watch this space! How do you ensure the quality of your products? All of our machines are inspected and tested prior to delivery by our service engineers and PPI’d before leaving the supplier’s factory. There is a minimum one-year warranty on new machinery and we only provide genuine parts. Secondhand machinery goes through our workshops prior to delivery and usually comes with three months’ warranty. www.woodfuelmachinery.co.uk

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For full details on all jobs, please go to www.horticulturecareers.co.uk

Call 01903 777 580 or email laura.harris@eljays44.com with your vacancy

PROJECT SUPERVISOR (HORTICULTURE)

PLANT HEALTHCARE TECHNICIAN

We are looking for a project supervisor to help deliver our extensive range of tree planting projects across the South West. We manage private and commercial client landscape projects, focused on the research, sourcing, supply and planting of excellent quality, hard-to-find or specialist trees from the UK and Europe. You must have practical experience in landscaping or gardening, good communication skills, the ability to supervise staff, good plant and tree identification, a relevant qualification in horticulture, landscaping or arboriculture, and a full, clean EU/UK driving licence.

We currently have a vacancy at our Dublin office for a plant healthcare technician to fit into our established team, develop the plant healthcare business and help with our expanding client base. Applicants must have all relevant NPTC qualifications (minimum of CS30, CS31, CS38, CS39), a full driving licence, a proven track record in all aspects of tree work, and the ability to demonstrate safe and competent climbing and tree surgery skills. PA1 and PA6 would be ideal, but are not essential as training will be provided.

For more details please go to www.horticulturecareers.co.uk

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GROUND CREW

EXPERIENCED CLIMBERS

Gristwood & Toms is looking for ground crew. Alongside conventional tree maintenance operations, Gristwood & Toms also carry out many specialist tasks, such as technical crane works, complex rigging, and large dismantling operations. You must be highly motivated and able to work to a high standard of safety and quality, be able to demonstrate proven experience in arboriculture, be prepared to provide out of hours emergency cover as part of an existing rota, be willing to work as part of a team, and have a flexible approach to working hours. You must have a full UK driving license, evidence of arboricultural qualifications (minimum CS30, CS31, CS38), and a minimum of one years’ experience.

Due to expansion we are looking to employ full time, experienced climbers. Ideally you should hold the relevant NPTC or Lantra units (use of a chainsaw in a tree and aerial rescue as a minimum). Driving licence and access to your own transport are desirable but not essential.

For more details please go to www.horticulturecareers.co.uk

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ARBORIST

CLIMBER

We currently have a vacancy at our Beaconsfield office for an experienced climber to fit into our established team and help with our expanding client base. You must have all relevant NPTC qualifications (minimum of CS30, CS31, CS38, CS39), a full driving licence, a proven track record in all aspects of tree work, and the ability to demonstrate excellent climbing and tree surgery skills.

Gristwood & Toms is looking for a climber. Alongside conventional tree maintenance operations, Gristwood & Toms also carry out many specialist tasks, such as technical crane works, complex rigging, and large dismantling operations. You must be highly motivated and able to work to a high standard of safety and quality, be able to demonstrate proven experience in arboriculture, be prepared to provide out of hours emergency cover as part of an existing rota, be willing to work as part of a team, and have a flexible approach to working hours. You must have a full UK driving license, evidence of arboricultural qualifications (minimum CS30, CS31, CS38), and a minimum of one years’ experience.

For more details please go to www.horticulturecareers.co.uk

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BARTLETT TREE EXPERTS Location: Dublin

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CEO, Tree Aid

What’s your go to reference book? Dryland Forestry: Planning and Management. Favourite species of tree? Mango. If you had to work in a different industry, what would you be doing? Something with animals.

Favourite sandwich filling? Cheese and ham. Karaoke song of choice? Grease megamix. Who would play you in a film of your life? Cillian Murphy.

Highlight of your career? Being CEO of Tree Aid.

Favourite sporting memory? o pleting y first half marathon.

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What’s top of your bucket list? Read Ulysses by James Joyce.

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What’s your go to reference book? Cassell’s Trees of Britain and Northern Europe.

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Favourite sandwich filling? Smoked salmon, cream cheese with watercress and black pepper and lemon juice.

If you had to work in a different industry, what would you be doing? Ski instructor.

Who would play you in a film of your life? Depends how realistic I’m being... a younger Brad Pitt?

Highlight of your career? Becoming chartered with the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

What’s top of your bucket list? Heliskiing in Alaska.

Favourite species of tree? Has to be the Japanese maple. If you had to work in a different industry, what would you be doing? Watersports or something similar by the sea. Highlight of your career? Hurricane cutting in Florida,

working with some amazing teams undertaking storm damage works. Favourite sandwich filling? Teriyaki chicken with honey dressing – it’s making me hungry just thinking about it. Karaoke song of choice? Walking in Memphis. What’s top of your bucket list? I would love to wingsuit to e perience ight combined with great risk – pure adrenaline. ©Sinesp

Favourite species of tree? Quercus robur.

Karaoke song of choice? Monty Python – Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

What’s your go to reference book? The Collins Tree Guide and The Urban Tree Book.

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