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elcome to the first anniversary issue of Pro Arb. It’s been a big 12 months for the magazine but we couldn’t have done it without the support of our readers, advertisers and contributors, so thank you for helping us establish ourselves as the leading arboriculture trade publication in the UK. Our anniversary issue includes many of the regular features that many of you are now very familiar with. We continue with our business tips section, in which Jonathan Hazell takes a look at the first aid options in the market, and sales and marketing guru Steve Clarke explains

why you should never let your phone go unanswered. Rick Milsom offers his opinion on why it’s time to ‘big up’ arboriculture in this issue. David Vickers continues his series on assisted felling and Bartlett Tree Experts introduces us to another disease threatening the UK’s trees – this month it’s Phytophthora. The subject of our interview is Simon N’Jie from Artemis Tree Services, who has now run his own company for 17 years, and we introduce another young apprentice making their way in the big wide world of arboriculture, this time it’s Matt Laine at Conservation Contractors. Our kit section features skid steers and how they can benefit tree surgeons, the latest chainsaws and our regular round-up of arb kit. I’m sure September is going to be a busy month for you all, and long may that continue.


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Steve Clarke shares his tips on how you can make better use of your phone


Jonathan Hazell explains how all employers have a moral duty to provide appropriate first aid to their employees



Rick Milsom says we should be promoting the benefits of our industry


Bartlett Tree Experts takes a look at the Phytophthora this month


In part two of his series, David Vickers takes a more in-depth look at component forces in assisted felling



Features 19 AN INTERVIEW WITH SIMON N’JIE Simon N’Jie has run Artemis Tree Services for almost 20 years. He talks us through his success story


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We introduce Matthew Laine of Conservation Contractors Ltd

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A roundup of all the latest arboriculture news from around the UK. For more stories visit


Ground Control is delighted to announce that following a challenging tender process, the company has been awarded new contracts with UK Power Networks. The 12 year contract is set to cover the clearance and maintenance of trees and vegetation away from overhead power lines. It covers the Purfleet,

Enfield, Stevenage and Hemel Hemsted areas. Ground Control will work to ensure public safety and the security of supply. The company has previously worked in partnership with UKPN as part of a one year contract covering the Purfleet area. Building on the success of its delivery on the previous contract, the new deal sees Ground Control’s coverage of UKPN assets quadruple in size. Peter Allen, Ground Control’s director of arboriculture, said: “I am delighted at this award. It is a real tribute to the

professionalism and dedication of the Ground Control Utility Arboriculture team led by Steve Amison and James Sadler. “They have spearheaded the expert delivery of works in our existing area for UKPN leading to this award, which has quadrupled our operating area. The continuity that this contract potentially offers will allow Ground Control to continue to innovate and work in collaboration with UKPN in the smart delivery of arboricultural and electrical services.

MOD TARGETS FLEET EMISSIONS WITH TREE PLANTING SCHEME Almost 11,000 trees are to be planted in Scotland in a bid to offset a proportion of the carbon emissions from the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) non-combat vehicle fleet. The carbon offsetting initiative took shape late last year and became a reality when the first saplings were planted recently. A ceremony was held to celebrate the planting of five small


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woodlands that will ultimately contain 10,800 trees across 22 acres north of Dundee. Eight suppliers backed the scheme and have pledged £13,823 to finance the planting and protection of the trees. The MoD has partnered with Forest Carbon on the new initiative. It is assured by the government’s Woodland Carbon Code, meaning the right trees

are planted, they are managed properly, are legally protected and the CO2 the trees capture has been accurately assessed. Stephen Prior, director of Forest Carbon, said: “Carbon offsetting is of growing interest to fleets. It does not matter how efficient their vehicles are, they still have a residual carbon footprint.

SEEDS FROM HIROSHIMA TREE GROWN IN ABERDEEN Seeds from a tree damaged by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima have been successfully grown in an Aberdeen park. The ginkgo trees in Duthie Park are only 6in tall at the moment but it is hoped they will eventually be planted at iconic locations around the city. It is part of an international peace project to mark the 70th anniversary of the attack on Japan in 1945. The tree survived the explosion and subsequent fires and it is still alive today. Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam said: “The fact that new life could grow from something so devastating gave people in Hiroshima hope and courage that their lives could go on.


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DEMONSTRATING HOW GRANTS CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS The Forestry Commission and the Arboricultural Association East Anglia Branch have teamed up to offer a grants workshop for arborists in the east of England. The Forestry Commission East and East Midlands Area is promoting free support to forestry businesses thinking of applying for grants within the new Rural Development Programme.

Arboriculture is not eligible for funding under the schemes, but some arborists also have interest in woodfuel and other forestry services and these may be grant funded. The Arboricultural Association East Anglia Branch has teamed up with the Forestry Commission to hold a meeting for arborists on Monday 12 October 6.30 to 9pm at Gosfield Lake Golf Club, Gosfield, Halstead, Essex, C09 1SE. The workshop is free, and there will be a sandwich and chip buffet with coffee.

NEW DISEASE THREAT TO PRECIOUS ELM COLLECTION OF BRIGHTON AND HOVE A log pile that became a breeding ground for beetles has led to the chopping down of 14 elms and put others at risk of disease. The outbreak of Dutch elm disease is being treated as a “matter of urgency” after it came to light in August. Experts have warned that the city faces a very real threat to its precious elm collection, which includes species found nowhere else in the world. The news comes weeks after the council sent out a warning to residents to be on the lookout for the sale of elms in log piles over fears of the disease spreading. Arboricultural officers have identified the source of the


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disease as a pile of logs on private land at Brighton Collegeaffiliated St Christopher’s school in New Church Road that had become a breeding ground for the elm beetles. A volunteer for Plant Heritage said that after catastrophic losses of elms in East Sussex over recent years, Brighton and Hove was “the last bastion” for English elm in the British Isles and Europe. There are 122 different types of elm in Brighton and Hove among a population of up to 50,000 mature and semimature trees. Twenty of these are considered to be the last of their kind left anywhere in the world.

GLENDALE REAPPOINTED TO TREE MAINTENANCE SERVICE FRAMEWORK Glendale, a national green services company, will continue to manage trees across Rotherham after resecuring its place on Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s (RMBC) tree maintenance service framework. The work carried out by Glendale will cover the maintenance of more than 75,000 trees on highways, housing estates, and in open spaces and parks throughout the South Yorkshire borough. It is the sole supplier on the 12 month framework, which has the option to be extended until 2019. Glendale will also introduce an apprenticeship position that will be offered to young people in Rotherham and is part of Glendale’s ongoing commitment to improve employment opportunities for the communities it serves.

Andy Corcoran, managing director of Glendale, said: “We have worked with RMBC for the past four years and this has strengthened our partnership and demonstrates the excellent standard of our work. “We’ll continue to deliver high quality arboriculture services, vital for maintaining Rotherham’s extensive tree population, and keep trees healthy, safe and vibrant for local people. “We’ll continue to be part of the wider community in Rotherham by employing a local workforce.”

PROTECTION ORDER FOR 200-YEAR-OLD CARNOUSTIE DIBBLE TREE A willow tree that is more than 200 years old is to be made subject to a tree preservation order after an 18 year battle by residents in Angus. Angus Council head of planning Vivien Smith recommended the order be granted, calling the tree “an important part of cultural history”. The 9m “cricket bat” willow is sandwiched between a back lane and a disused public toilet in Carnoustie.

It dates from the 1790s when loom wright Thomas Lowson was granted the first patch of land in the area. In 1797 he left the willow stick he had been using stuck in the ground and later found it had taken root and sprouted leaves. Willows are not normally expected to live for more than 150 years but Carnoustie’s Dibble Tree even survived a 19th century lightning strike that split its trunk.

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READING COUNCIL PAYS OUT £1000S FOR DAMAGE CAUSED BY TREES There may be nothing so lovely as a tree but they are costing Reading Borough Council a small fortune in compensation pay outs. The council was asked for details of the ten largest payments for damages from compensation claims over the past two years. The council paid out damages of £39,000 and £26,000 for compensation claims concerning subsidence caused by trees last year. Subsidence can happen when soil expands and contracts during periods of heavy rainfall or drought. This can apply pressure to buildings,

causing distortion and massive repair bills. Tree roots, which soak up huge amounts of water, can make things worse. For both of the past two years, Reading’s top two most expensive payouts for damages from compensation claims were to do with tree subsidence. Falling trees and branches have cost the council more money still. Last year it had to pay £1,722 because a branch fell on a vehicle, while the year before it paid out a total of more than £6,000 for trees falling on private property.

63,000 NATIVE TREES TO BE PLANTED IN THE YORKSHIRE REGION BY 2020 A 14-year project to restore Yorkshire’s ancient woodland to its original state has reached its second phase with 63,000 native trees expected to be planted before 2020. The project run by Yorkshire Water, the Forestry Commission and Natural England began in 2011. Non-native trees and invasive weeds have been removed from 10 sites across the region while thousands of native trees such as oak, hazel, rowan, alder and holly have been reintroduced to the historic woodlands. The aim is to conserve and enhance native habitat and wildlife found in these woodlands. Many are in decline due to an increasing presence of non-native trees and harmful invasive weed species. There are over 220 hectares of ancient woodland on Yorkshire Water’s land. To date, 75 hectares of it has been enhanced and a further 75 hectares will be restored over the next five years. The rest of

the conservation is due to be completed by 2025. Geoff Lomas, recreation and catchment manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “We have allocated over £1m to invest over the next five years to manage these woodlands. We want to ensure these rare and historic woodlands support a diverse range of plants, animals and insects. To achieve this we must take action to conserve and reestablish a predominantly native tree population. Currently, we are undertaking ecological assessments of these sites, which will inform the best management approach.” Crispin Thorn, area director for the Forestry Commission, said: “The work to remove damaging invasive species combined with planting a range of native trees will help restore these woodlands to their former glory and make them more resilient for the future. They form part of our cultural heritage and are recognised for their rich wildlife.”

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ASSOCIATION NEWS A roundup of what’s happening at the Arboricultural Association ARB SHOW 2016 – WESTONBIRT THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM – 3-4 JUNE 2016 We’re pleased to announce the date for next year’s show and I’m sure you’ll all be glad to hear that we’ll be back in the spectacular surroundings of Westonbirt. Look out for more announcements at the start of 2016 and we hope you’ll be able to join us to help make it even more successful than this year’s event!

ARB ASSOCIATION RESEARCH GRANTS – CLOSING DATE 30 SEPTEMBER The closing date for research grants is coming up soon. See the application form and details of the process here: membership/Researchgrants


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2015 NATIONAL AMENITY CONFERENCE AT UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK 20–23 September 2015 The final touches have been put in place for the AA National Amenity Conference 2015, with delegates, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors booking up fast. With a new format for 2015, Wednesday afternoon will feature some of our international speakers leading practical masterclasses on a host of subjects from pruning to root structure and biomechanics. Along with our fantastic lineup of keynote speakers, we have a variety of sessions throughout the event. We’d need a whole e-news

to list everything on offer, so here is a small sample. Matthew Wells will discuss using tree diversity to build a sustainable urban forest on Monday morning with Paul Barber speaking on tree health diagnosis and monitoring in the afternoon. Tuesday morning sees Jill Butler give a presentation on the rooting environment, addressing the need for a better understanding of this largely hidden but essential life support system. For the complete lineup and speaker profiles visit the AA website.

TREES AND THE LAW IN SCOTLAND The first Trees and the Law event to be held in Scotland saw around 100 delegates attending the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. AA registered consultant and Chartered Forester Jeremy Barrell set out the duty of care framework and highlighted pertinent guidance available to tree managers, followed by a review of relevant legal judgements and inquest verdicts. Charles Mynors

then provided an authoritative overview of relevant legal principles, recent cases and legislation, covering issues from ownership to damage and liability and statutory tree protection. The event was well organised and informative. Thanks go to Positioning Resources, Pear Technology, the Tree Consultancy Group and Infra Green for sponsoring the event.


The first recipients of the Honorary Lifetime Fellowship award are Dr Mark Johnston MBE and Tony Kirkham. The award recognises individuals considered to have made a significant and positive impact to arboriculture. Tony is recognised for his longstanding contribution to arboriculture and horticulture whilst managing the plant collection at Kew Gardens and revising George Brown’s ‘Pruning Trees Shrubs and Conifers’. Mark has made significant contributions in shaping major urban forestry projects in Britain and Ireland and published ‘Trees in Towns II’ and ‘Trees in Towns and Cities’, both important milestones in Urban Forestry literature.

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TOO BUSY TO SPEAK TO CUSTOMERS? YOUR COMPETITORS MIGHT NOT BE... Steve Clarke has three great tips on how to make better use of the phone 1

Ditch the answering machine

As a business, large or small, what happens when your phone lines are busy or your office is left unmanned for any period of time? I often ask business owners this question at conferences and the answer is invariably the same – we have voicemail or an answering machine. But here’s how crazy this is. Imagine someone is looking for your product or service and they want an answer to their questions quickly. They go online, tell Mr Google what they’re looking for and bingo – up pop your contact details and website. They dial your number and an answer machine kicks in: “Thank you for calling, your call is really important to us (really, but you can’t be bothered to actually speak to them). Please leave

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your name and number after the tone...” And click, they’re gone! Think about it. If there’s a choice, are you prepared to leave a message or do you hang up and dial another company? More than 80% of us would do the latter. Right? If you want to increase sales, stop losing business. You’re spending time, effort, energy and your hard earned cash getting people to call you. For goodness sake, get the calls answered. We live and work in an always on world today. People could be surfing the net after work or your line may be busy when someone calls. You don’t have to take the call but you can have a real person do it for you. I’ve been using the same company to answer my calls for four years now. They are available to answer calls 24 hours a day,

seven days a week, 365 days of the year. I never answer my phone but I never miss a call. Go ahead and call me, test it out. And, I only pay for the calls they answer – no standing charge, no fixed overhead. Just type this into your browser to find out more: alldaypa Don’t miss another enquiry. Ditch the answer phone and step up to your personally answered calls – you’ll see results in no time at all. 2

Give out a landline number – not just your mobile

This is more applicable to owner/ operators. Larger companies, which may be your competitors, will have an office with a landline. You might assume that you need to be contacted and therefore just hand out your mobile. The answer service can give you a landline number, you don’t need to install one. This will allow you to act as a more professional business in most people’s eyes and again, never miss a call. Hand out your mobile number only to select clients to let them know they have your personal attention too.


Use tracking phone numbers in any adverts and marketing:

“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half,” said John Wannamaker – an early 20th century pioneer of marketing. While this might have been true when he penned it in the early 1900s, there’s absolutely no excuse today. You can buy or rent specific phone numbers to place in your marketing material and use a different number for a different campaign. The calls are forwarded to your usual number, but there’s now a count of how many calls you’ve received from any element of your marketing. Then you can do more of what works! Half your advertising works, half doesn’t… but you can now tell which is which. ABOUT STEVE CLARKE An exceptional sales mentor and sought after motivational business speaker who built his last UK business to £30m in annual sales in just eight years, sold out and retired at 45. Now he helps businesses around the world generate more leads, more sales and more profits.


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FIRST AID AT WORK All employers have a moral and legal duty to provide appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if injured or taken ill at work. This applies to you, says Jonathan Hazell


he Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 impose a duty on all employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if injured or taken ill at work (and to tell everyone exactly what those arrangements are). The regulations apply to all workplaces, including those with less than five employees, and the self-employed. First-aid is defined in the regulations as: (a) in cases where a person will need help from a medical practitioner or nurse, treatment for the purpose of preserving life and minimising the consequences of


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injury and illness until such help is obtained, and (b) treatment of minor injuries which would otherwise receive no treatment or which do not need treatment by a medical practitioner or nurse. Giving first-aid will be the responsibility of someone who has undertaken training and holds a valid certificate of competence. In practical terms this means either: ● Emergency First-Aid at Work, a one-day training course valid for three years, or ● First-Aid at Work, generally a three-day course valid for three years. Chainsaws at work from the HSE ( guides

you in deciding what is meant by adequate and appropriate for you, and states on page 9: “There is no legal requirement for operators to hold an emergency First-Aid at Work certificate but we recommend they do so. Anyone working with chainsaws needs to be trained in emergency first-aid, and in particular how to control major bleeding and deal with crush injuries. In remote sites, people who have been injured may also be at risk of hypothermia. Make sure operators always carry a personal first-aid kit (incorporating a large wound dressing) with them and have reasonable access to a more comprehensive kit.” Those working for the Forestry Commission must adhere to their First Aid Policy ( jsuIBf), which states that in addition to the basic course content first aid training and certification must consider how to give first-aid at sites remote from medical aid and where limited help will be available, as well as special hazards including severe chainsaw cuts, crush injuries, hypothermia and Lyme disease. This enhanced

content is known for convenience as EFAW+F or FAW+F. To ensure you meet the requirements of the regulations is simple: Ensure everyone (operational staff and subcontractors) holds FAW+F for two reasons. First, training is good. Second, everyone deserves to go home at night. If I only trained one member of staff, you can be sure they would be the one to sustain an injury, leaving their immediate care in the hands of someone unskilled. Supervisory staff and managers should be sent on the same course. Who knows when they may need it at work or on the road, where they may come across an RTC where injuries are not dissimilar to those sustained at work. It’s not hard. ABOUT JONATHAN HAZELL Jonathan Hazell’s career began on the tools with the Ealing tree gang in 1980. Senior roles in the public, charity and commercial sectors followed and in October 2011 Jonathan established his own arboricultural consultancy practice.

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IT’S TIME TO BIG UP ARBORICULTURE When you’re asked what you do for a living, do people appreciate what your profession entails? We need to promote our jobs and our industry, says Rick Milsom


n arboricultural consultant working for a private company and tree officer have vaguely similar roles in that they both give advice on a plethora of subjects regarding trees, write tree work specifications and so on. As part of my own personal development plan I visit Kew Gardens a few times a year and I’m forced to go to various pubs and Indian restaurants in London accompanied by a few of the good friends I’ve met whilst working in the industry. Unfortunately these visits are quite lengthy and the conversation usually involves trees. Tree people love the basic subject matter of their job, but some of the more obscure stuff can be a challenge.


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A more sensible subject we have discussed is what you tell people you do for a living. I’ve often been disappointed in my own inability to convey to the lay person what we do and it would seem my learned colleagues feel the same. Tree surgeon, people know. Landscape gardener they know, but arboricultural officer or arboricultural consultant is a whole new ball game. When asked what I do I try to think of the best way to reply. Shall I say tree officer or does that sound like a made up job? Or should I say arboricultural officer as it sounds better? But isn’t arboriculture a bit alien to many people? I usually say arboricultural officer now to promote the industry but I used to say tree officer in an attempt to be clearer. I try to elaborate and convey the massive range of subjects we deal with but my reply often leaves me disappointed. Tell people a few botanical names though and identify a few trees or shrubs and they are impressed but, as we know, that really is such a small part of it. When you think about it, arboriculture has so many different facets, the prospect of knowing even

“Tree surgeon, people know. But arboricultural officer or arboricultural consultant is a whole new ball game” half of it is daunting and a lot is based on experience. Take quite a small area of arboriculture, trees and their relationship with fungi, for example. Even that is a huge subject. What species of fungi are we dealing with; what does it do to this species of tree; how is the individual tree going to cope with it; what is the best way to assess decay and what can we do to reduce risk, etc. Then add all the other subjects we cover you can see the depth of knowledge required. My inability to convey what I do was brought home to me last December. I was on a minibus on the way to Sandown races when my brother, who has his own successful transport company, said he couldn’t get the email working on his phone.

I told him I could do it, no problem. I suppose he gave his phone to me thinking I’m a bit dim and with little hope of a successful outcome. After passing the phone back with email fully working he looked at it with surprise and exclaimed: “Rickie has got my email working and he’s just a gardener,” to all on the bus. So, not only do I need to keep bigging up arboriculture, I need to keep telling people how skilled gardeners, groundsmen and everybody else in related industries really are. ABOUT RICK MILSOM Starting out as an apprentice, Rick has worked in horticulture and arboriculture for 30 years, and is currently an arboricultural officer at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

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Dr Glynn Percival Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory, Shinfield Research Site, University of Reading

he genus Phytophthora is composed of 60 species of pathogens that cause considerable damage to trees and shrubs worldwide. Within the UK several species of Phytophthora exist, including P. ramorum, which has had a devastating impact on Japanese larch forests after ‘host jumping’ from rhododendrons and other under storey shrubs. Free water is necessary for Phytophthora to successfully infect a tree and therefore most commonly associated with soils that are poorly drained or receive excessive irrigation. Phytophthora can be especially common on newly developed sites where soil is severely disturbed or compacted from construction activities.

Phytophthora is also a common disease in commercial ornamental tree and shrub nurseries. Infection usually progresses from the root collar or finer roots, into the larger roots and eventually the tree trunk. Loss of water and nutrient absorbing capacity and stored carbohydrate reserves in the root cause a gradual, or sometimes rapid decline of the tree canopy. Phytophthora is especially common on rhododendron, Japanese holly, boxwood, hemlock, laurel, fir, and yew. Significant mortality has also been recorded across a wide range of genera such as Aesculus, Tilia, Prunus, Taxus, Chamaecyparis, Abies and Erica, with the main causal agents usually being

P. cambivora, P. cinnamomi, or P. cactorum. Symptoms of Phytophthora vary depending on the susceptibility of the plant species, the virulence of the specific Phytophthora species and site/environmental conditions. Symptoms include a reduction in shoot growth, small leaves, thinning of the crown, chlorosis, twig and branch dieback and eventually death. Diseased roots are reddish brown and brittle. These symptoms are often confined to fine roots and lateral roots less than 5mm in diameter. Decline occurs over a period of months or years. Management Bartlett research trials conducted at the University of Reading show phosphites applied in early spring are highly beneficial in the suppression of this disease.

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Treating surrounding non-infected susceptible plants on a preventative basis is also recommended. Plants with soil or mulch covering their root collar are very susceptible to Phytophthora. Excavation of the root collar is recommended using an air-excavation technology. The systemic fungicide Subdue (active ingredient metalaxyl-M) is approved for Phytophthora control in amenity landscapes and is also recommended as a soil drench. Improving soil drainage and ensuring optimal soil nutritional to promote tree vitality will help reduce the possibility of infection. ABOUT BARTLETT Dr Glynn Percival is the plant physiologist and technical support specialist for the Bartlett Tree Expert Company Ltd.


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PART TWO: COMPONENT FORCES In the second part of this series, Dave Vickers looks at the forces involved and required safety margins when combining wire and rope based offset systems


ast month we focused on assisted felling and the forces involved when using an offset pull. We introduced the formula "pull = 2t(cos x)" where t is the force in tonnes exerted by the winch and x is half of the angle the wire/rope passes through the pulley. I concluded by suggesting a ready reckoner chart could be useful when selecting equipment. We need to consider two things when dealing with offset systems combining rope and wire; firstly the potential offset loads, and secondly the strength of the rope.

Offset pulley

Understanding component forces: ROPE

Knot used to join rope to wire cable – 65% of rope’s strength

Remember that the knot joining the rope to the winch wire will affect the overall strength of the rope. We are

x = 45°

assuming we retain 65% of the Working Load Limit. To find the required rope WLL, we need to multiply

Winch wire WLL > 0.7t

the winch capability by 100/65 which equals 1.54.

Lugall 4000-20SH winch failure point, T = 0.7t

In this example we have changed to a Lugall 400020SH winch, with a load capacity of 0.7t, so... Winch capability = 0.7t Rope WLL required = 0.7 x 1.54 = 1.08t By referrring to the Teufelberger data sheet, we will find that 18mm Sirius Bull rigging rope has a Minimum Breaking Strength of 7,700daN (approx 7.7t), which will provide a WLL of 1.1t.

Table 1: Offset pull loading = 2t(cos x) Offset pulling angle

x (offset pulling angle/2)

(cos x)

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Tree being felled

Offset pulling angle = 90°

Offset anchor

Calculating offset loads Table 1 provides the information required to assess peak loading when using an offset pull. Estimate the offset pulling angle (see diagram 1) then read off the multiplier in the right hand column of the table.


Rigging rope WLL > 1.08t

Using the formula, if you are using a winch with a maximum load capability of 500kg, with a 90° offset, the maximum loading will be 500 x 2 x (cos 45) = 707kg. Note that an offset pulling angle of 0 means you have doubled the winch cable back on itself. Joining wire and rope We need to be particularly careful of the potential forces involved in assisted felling when combining a winch (wire-based) system

with a rope. I commonly use a Tirfor style 1.6t winch when carrying out assisted felling operations on training courses, but what effect does this have on my choice of rope? The weakest point in the system must be the winch, in this case the shear pin fitted to the winch, designed to fail at 1.6t. To my knowledge these are not CE marked and tested, so I’ll have to take the manufacturers’ word that the pin will fail at 1.6t.

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The rope must therefore have a Working Load Limit (WLL) of at least 1.6t. According to HSE, 2001, Industrial rope access – Investigation into items of personal protective equipment, Contract Research Report 364/2001, using a double figure-of-eight knot retains between 66% and 77% of the rope’s strength; a bowline retains between 55% and 74%. Taking into account the knots used to attach the rope to the tree and the winch cable, it's not unreasonable to assume we will retain around 65% of the rope’s strength. So, for 1.6t to make 65% of our WLL, we're going to need a rope with a WLL of around 1.54 x 1.6t, making 2.5t (1.6 is 65% of 2.5). The European Commission’s Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC 2nd ed. 2010, states on p.298: “the working coefficient for textile ropes or slings... is as a general rule, equal to 7.” So the Minimum Breaking Strength (MBS) will need to be at least 7 x our WLL of 2.5t, making 17.5t. The Teufelberger Sirius Bull 20mm rigging line has an MBS of 8,980kg, well below the

Offset pulley

Tree being felled

Rigging rope WLL > 2.5t

Offset pulling angle = 90°

Offset anchor

Understanding component forces: LOAD

Knot used to join rope to wire cable – 65% rope strength

The peak load will occur on the pulley, sling and offset anchor. This can be calculated by estimating the offset pulling angle and dividing it by two, giving the value of x.

x = 45° Winch wire WLL > 1.6t

Find the cosine of this figure by referring to table 1 to arrive at a value for cos(x)

Winch shear pin failure point, T = 1.6t

Multiply this future by twice the shear pin failure point (T) Peak load = 2T x cos(x)

Understanding component forces: ROPE Remember that the knot joining the rope to the winch wire will affect the overall strength of the rope. If the rope retains 65% of its strength, the WLL of the rope needs to be greater than 2.5t to ensure the weakest point is the shear pin.

17,500kg (7.5t) that we need (8,980kg equates to a WLL of 1,283kg). Hopefully you can begin to see the issues with combining rope systems and wire-based winch systems! Let’s summarise the problem we face in this example. We have a winch shear pin that should fail at

1.6t (this must be the weakest point in the system). Our 20mm rigging line has a working load limit of just 1.3t. To keep within our safety margins, we have two choices: 1) Remove the rope from the system and reset the winch position. 2) Use a lower rated winch. In this case, I would change the winch from a 1.6t Tirfor to a Model 4000-20SH Lug-All rated at 0.7t. This means that the weakest point in the system is once again the winch. How has this been achieved? The weakest point is the winch failsafe at 0.7t. Using a knot to tie

the rope to the winch cable means we only retain 65% of the rope’s strength, so to find out the required rope WLL we must multiply 0.7t by 100/65 or 1.54. The required rope WLL is therefore 0.7t x 1.54 = 1.08t (0.7t is 65% of 1.08t). It’s time to go back to the rope manufacturer’s datasheet to find the most suitable rope. The Sirius Bull 18mm line has an MBS of 7,700daN (roughly equivalent to 7.7t), giving us a WLL of 1.1t. This is cutting the safety margin a little fine. Alternatively, we could use the Sirius Bull 20mm line to stay well within the safety limits.

ABOUT DAVE VICKERS Drivelink Training provides City & Guilds NPTC forestry and arboriculture short courses run by David Vickers, a City & Guilds NPTC approved trainer and assessor, qualified teacher with a BA (Hons) Ed. and QTLS. Drivelink Training provides training from basic maintenance to dealing with windblown trees, from basic tree climbing to rigging / dismantling. Visit to find out more.

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An interview with



Pro Arb visited Artemis Tree Services in Hertfordshire to meet managing director Simon N’Jie, who started the company as a one-man band almost 20 years ago. A small business success story, today he runs four teams and presides over a yard that is chock-full of kit What is your role within the company? I’m the managing director. I oversee the office and the yard and I keep an eye on the teams, but I don’t necessarily manage them. Did you study arboriculture at college? I went to Merrist Wood College from 1994 to 1995. I did the NCH arb course. So how long have you been in the industry? Twenty-one years in total, 17 of which have been spent running Artemis Tree Services.


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What made you want to start your own business? I started the company in 1998. I had always wanted to run my own business, so that I could do things my way. I started off as a one man band and built up to the four teams that I have now. We also have dedicated office staff. How difficult was it to set the company up? There wasn’t any difficulty, it was very easy really. I bought a truck; I already had a chainsaw and a climbing kit. I bought one more chainsaw and I put an advert in the yellow pages. Off I went! How many staff do you now employ? We currently employ 17 people. We tend to have four teams going out each day. It’s four teams of either two, three, four or five people, depending on the job. It’s never easy to find good staff. When the good ones come along, you make sure you keep hold of them!

How do you go about winning your work? We look at tenders and we get a lot of work through word of mouth from current or previous clients. Aaron, our contracts manager, is in charge of sourcing all new commercial work. Do you do domestic, commercial and local authority work? We do all three, but about 50% of our revenue is gained from commercial work. It’s a large portion of what we do. Are you involved in any apprenticeship schemes? It seems to be a popular way of taking people on and building their skills. We put all of our apprentices through Capel Manor College’s apprentice scheme. The apprentices we take on work with us and go to college for a few days every other week on average to make sure they are heading in the right direction; it’s basically to make sure they are doing what they need to do in a structured environment.

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“I think some kind of licence should be mandatory so that only qualified tree surgeons can do the work” Do you think college courses are there just to get bums on seats? No, I think they’re a good thing. All apprentices need structure and that comes through college courses. Five to six weeks a year on block release seems to work very well. This gives them more time at college to carry out training in preparation for various assessments than day release can. Do you buy, lease or hire the specialist equipment you need? We own most of the equipment we use. We hire more specialist items on an ad hoc basis such as cranes. What’s your best piece of equipment? My Merlo tele handler.

“We own most of the equipment we use”

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What are the issues you have faced this year in running your business? The difficulties are the domestic market, in which we are competing with sole traders who do not have the same overheads as us. There is definitely more work now than there was five years ago. That’s because commercial projects are thriving and the economy has picked up in general.

Do you think the UK’s arboriculture market is healthy at the moment? I would say so. For now anyway, until China goes bankrupt! What do you think are the main industry issues that need to be tackled? I think some kind of licence for tree surgeons should be mandatory so that only qualified tree surgeons can carry out tree work, not just some bloke with a chainsaw and a truck. That’s pretty much it. If there was some kind of register of tree surgeons then that would be great. At the moment the only people you can call fully qualified are an Arb Approved contractor which is unfair to everybody else – I think it should be some kind of government law. Every trade should have a list of who you should call if you want work doing. What more can be done to make arboriculture a career for young people? We have graduates here but it is a lifestyle choice more than anything. There is nothing better than climbing trees for a living because it’s not like real work. If you do get that bug you never really shake it unless you


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FEATURES get injured, but even if that happens, it seems like people always try to find something else in the industry as you fall in love with it. Do you do any consultancy work? No, but we do work with consultants. We tend to work with consultants for domestic work and private individuals or for BS5837 surveys. We are sending two of our staff on a level six course starting in September so hopefully they’ll get into consultancy. What’s the next step? I think we will make a move towards gaining more commercial work. CONTACT Artemis Tree Services West Hyde Nursery, Old Uxbridge Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 9XY Tel: 01895 821 623 Email: Web:

On the job Two of Artemis Tree Services more challenging jobs...


Riverside Drive, Rickmansworth, March 23, 2014 Three Rivers District Council instructed Artemis to remove a number of potentially hazardous White Poplar trees along Riverside Drive. With such a large job, the road had to be closed for the majority of the day for safety and to allow the operation of the 90 tonne crane, required to lift and lower the largest of the trees.


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Windmill Drive, Rickmansworth, June 4, 2014 With a massive 30m high Corsican Pine situated within an enclosed garden, there was only one way to remove it – by crane, over the top of the building! Artemis used a 130 tonne crane to help with removing the tree in sections (the section of trunk seen here being cut and lifted weighed 3.7 tonnes).

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TOP TEN TIPS FOR CHAINSAW LONGEVITY Tim Kirk, managing director of one of the country’s leading independent training providers TKF Training is working with ECHO as a forestry and arboricultural expert. Here he shares his top ten tips for chainsaw longevity


Having made the decision to purchase a chainsaw, it is important to choose the correct saw for your needs. Decide

what you will be cutting, how often you will be cutting and the diameter of the timber you will be cutting. These simple questions will assist you in making a very important decision.


When you receive the chainsaw it will be bright, shiny and good to go. Stop!

Read the manufacturer’s handbook. There is a great deal of important information that you need to know. Not reading it could cost you money in repairs and downtime.


Remember, the saw will not cut without a well maintained power source. Equally, it is no good the engine

being in perfect working order if you don’t maintain the cutting system correctly.


It is vitally important that you use the correct fuel mixture. Most operators mix

the fuel at fifty parts fuel to one part oil and this would normally be fine. The correct mixture is as per the manufacturer’s recommendations, however. If you are going to be working in a sensitive area there are pre-mixed fuels available that are environmentally friendly.


The air filter must be clean. It prevents the dust and dirt particles getting into the carburettor. You

should inspect it for damage. There should be no cuts or tears. If it needs cleaning, do this as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Some air filters require a straightforward replacement.

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The spark plug must be in good working order. Check the colour on the


Power is transferred from the engine through the drive sprocket to the chain. There are two designs

electrode to confirm you have the correct fuel mixture. Light brown is perfect. Too dark with oily residue indicates the fuel is too rich. Too light, it is too lean. Having cleaned the spark plug, check the gap.

of drive sprocket, a spur or rim sprocket. The sprockets are attached to, or on the clutch drum. Regardless of which you have, you must check that it is not worn or damaged. If it is worn, the chain will not be driven.


Check your chain. It must be sharp, with the

cutters of equal length and set at the correct angle. Depth gauges must be checked to allow the cutters to cut the wood. You will find all necessary information in the handbook or the box the chain came in. The bar and chain must be lubricated during use. Remember to fill the oil tank.


Ensure that the bar is correctly maintained. The bar must be straight and the

rails of an equal thickness. The nose sprocket must move freely and be lubricated. Ensure that any burrs that may have formed are removed and finally that the oil holes are clear.


Whether you are using a chainsaw in a domestic or commercial environment, you must wear appropriate personal protective clothing. If it is during your employment, you must have received adequate training. This will make you aware of the dangers and enable you to maintain your chainsaw.


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CONSERVATION CONTRACTORS LTD Each month Pro Arb's apprenticeship feature showcases a young person starting out in the arboriculture industry. This month, we meet Matthew Laine

What is your name and age? Matthew Laine, 24. What is your role within Conservation Contractors Ltd? I’m the apprentice arborist here. Why did you choose arboriculture? My previous jobs included working on tug boats in Portsmouth and spending time on a tall ship for six months. I then moved to Wiltshire where I was land locked, and I realised I wanted a job outside in the elements that was as challenging as boating. Arboriculture seemed my best bet.

Did you go to college? If so, where and what qualifications did you get? I have been going to Kingston Maurwood College in Dorchester. I've passed Emergency First Aid, Nptc Felling under 380mm (203), Nptc Powered Pole Pruner (205), Nptc Stump On Grinder (220), Nptc Wood Chipper and my Aerial Rescue test. What is your favourite part of your current role? My favourite part has to be driving all the different vehicles and being able to climb. The climbing brings back my sailing days going up the mast. And what’s the worst part of your job? The worst part is when I have to drag brash around awkward gardens. I also don’t like having to wear chainsaw protective trousers in the heat – although I know I have to!

What does a typical day consist of for you? I arrive at the yard at about 8am, load the truck up with the gear, and head off to that day’s job. The climber will lower branches down once they’ve been cut and I’ll drag the brash to the chipper and load it all in. Once the job is finished to a high standard, I use a backpack blower to clean up all the sawdust and leaves and head back to the yard to unload the truck before heading off home. What is your favourite piece of equipment to use? My favourite piece of equipment is the 26m mobile elevated work platform we have. In terms of completion of your training, when do you expect to become a fully

“Arboriculture is hard on the body, and the easier you can make it, the longer you will stay in the trade” qualified arborist? Once I have passed my Using a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness ticket, but I won't be up to industry standard for another three years. How important would you say colleague interaction and learning from those you work with is in your path to becoming a qualified arborist? It is very important. I need to learn from the rest of the team as they

WILLIAM WARDEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR, CONSERVATION CONTRACTORS LTD "Matt came to us halfway through his apprenticeship with another company, he was studying at Kingston Maurward in Dorchester one day a week. He has proved to be an asset to the company and will be given all the training and experience required to become an arborist and team leader in due time. We had not considered an apprentice before but would like to hear from anyone looking for a placement in the future!"

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FEATURES have more knowledge of the trade than I do. They also have plenty of horror stories that ensure you remember to be safe while doing the work. Things they mention help you to add to your own experience – like when they talk about positioning in a tree while climbing. Arboriculture is hard on the body, and the easier you can make it, the longer you will be able to stay in the trade. Is there a structured development plan for you at

Conservation Contractors? There's a programme for all the staff, which I hope will serve me well in the future. Do you have a designated mentor at your workplace? The whole of the arb team are my mentors! What are your future ambitions within the industry? My ambitions are to become a qualified climber, then hopefully team leader.

CONSERVATION CONTRACTORS LTD Conservation Contractors in Devizes was set up in 1991 by William Warden. The company offers a tree surgery service including risk/ hazard assessments and surveys, fencing, weed control, vegetation management and woodchip to biomass. The business is accredited and a member of the Arboricultural Association. It uses the latest machinery and equipment, operated by highly qualified staff with full public and employers’ liability insurance. Conservation Contractors is local authority approved and will be ISO accredited by early 2016.

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FEATURES LATEST KIT FEATURE Trying out STIHL’s cordless range at The Arb Show 2015

STIHL SITE VISIT Pro Arb’s Joe Wilkinson recently visited the head office of STIHL GB in Surrey to meet Rebecca Rassie, PR & communications manager and Simon Hewitt, head of marketing at the company’s warehouse facility, the hub of STIHL’s British operation


TIHL is one of the best recognised brands in arboriculture. The striking orange livery that adorns its tools is known by many as the trademark for the best tools in the business. Set up in Germany by the Stihl family in 1926, STIHL has since grown to employ over 12,000 employees worldwide, with more than 35,000 dealerships across 160 countries. The British operation is a standalone subsidiary of the German-based Andreas STIHL AG, a global enterprise, which is still run by the third generation of the Stihl family in Germany. The GB branch was founded in 1978 and has

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established a network of 650 dealers all across the country. The head office in Camberley, Surrey, is home to 130 employees. The office is a huge warehouse facility, where STIHL and Viking products arrive in parts from its manufacturing plant in Germany. British workers then assemble the separate pieces to create the finished article. The factory contains almost a million spare parts in stock and is capable of shipping all products to their dealerships with next day delivery. STIHL doesn’t sell any products directly to the end consumer; all transactions are undertaken through their dealers.

One of STIHL’s backpack batteries, for use with a selection of tools


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LATEST KIT FEATURE CHAINSAWS STIHL’s light, top-handled saws are ideal for arboricultural work. With a great power-to-weight ratio and accurate guidance, optimum handling and outstanding cutting are the standard for these saws. STIHL’s professional arborist range of top-handle saws includes the lightweight MS 150 TC-E, the all-round MS 193 TC-E, the cordless MSA 160 T and STIHL's most powerful arborist chainsaw, the MS 201 TC-M with M-tronic for optimal engine performance. All the saws in the top-handle range are lightweight for easy carrying and manoeuvrability. They have precise handling and great ergonomics, making them ideal for cutting branches and crown reduction. Cordless models are suitable for noise sensitive areas, too.

No petrol, no problem: just a few of STIHL’s battery powered products


CLOTHING & PPE STIHL’s range of arborist PPE is extensive. The X-FIT Design C Chainsaw trousers offer Class 1 protection to BS EN 381-5 standard. The 3XDRY fabric is water-repellent on the outside and absorbs perspiration on the inside keeping users cool and comfortable. They also have reinforced knee to ankle and rear ankle patches, four pockets and reflective STIHL logos. The Advance X-TREEm jacket is lightweight, durable with easy to manoeuvre materials. Key features include ProElast inserts on the back and sleeves to increase flexibility and breathability, plus thorn and abrasion protection thanks to ceramic elbow patches.


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Getting to grips with a cordless pole saw, lightweight but powerful

STIHL is launching new, longer lasting batteries such as the AP 300 for its cordless range, which includes the MSA 160 T chainsaw (pictured). The AP 300 replaces the AP 180, which had previously powered STIHL cordless products. The AP 300 has an almighty capacity of 227Wh, even greater than the AP 180, yet it still weighs a mere 1.7kg. The new BR 450 professional backpack blower is available in September 2015. The blower has a powerful 2-MIX engine and new features include an adjustable tube and STIHL’s anti-vibration system to ensure all-day comfort, without compromising power.

CONTACT Andreas STIHL Ltd STIHL House, Stanhope Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3YT

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Toro Dingo TX427 Narrow Toro Dingo’s TX427 Narrow track design provides a low 5.1psi ground pressure which is easy on turf. Designed with workers in mind, all of its power is harnessed in just three easy to use controls. A low centre of gravity and large footprint increase stability on side hills and provide smooth operation over rugged terrain, eliminating tire ruts and flat tires. Durable Kevlar reinforced tracks offer extended life and an open track design offers selfcleaning, preventing the collection of sand, rock, mud and debris that could jam tracks.

The Vermeer S800TX may look a small compact machine but at 40.5in wide with a 35hp Kubota engine and one of the largest lifting capacities in its class, it has the potential to change the way your tree company does business. With an impressive 53 l/min hydraulic flow rate and a large selection of attachments available, the S800TX offers a new level of performance and versatility for the demands of arboriculture, landscaping and utility work. For those contractors looking for narrow access the Vermeer S725TX and S450TX at 36in wide allow access through most gateways.

Boxer 300 Series

Boxer mini-skids are an innovative group of machines designed to reduce labour costs and limit the types of equipment a contractor needs to own. All Boxer models are built to handle a full complement of over 50 universal mini-skid attachments for a variety of applications. The 300 Series is Boxer’s smallest entry into the market. Small but powerful, they have no problems getting through 36in doorways and gates, making the 300 Series ideal for contractors seeking more power in tight environments.


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Bobcat T450

Kanga Loaders Kanga Loaders are powerful, highly manoeuvrable, portable hydraulic power packs, which by virtue of their ingenious design are transformed into high performance, multi-tasking stand-on, compact skid steer loaders, capable of being used in the harshest terrains in the most demanding and varied of applications. The 2 series Kanga (Kid) is the smallest machine in the range and ideal for accessing narrow spaces. The tracked version is only 820mm wide, allowing access to the rear of most domestic properties. All the larger 5, 6, 7 and 8 series machines will fit into the back of many pick-up trucks.

Bobcat has launched the new T450 compact tracked loader. The T450 is powered by the Bobcat D24 45.5 kW Stage IIIB turbocharged diesel engine, ensuring the best performance and engine power to weight ratio in its class. The T450 can be matched with over 80 different attachments and there are rear hydraulic auxiliary and 7-pin ACD connector options available. Equipped with radial lift boom arms, the rated operating capacity of the T450 is 665kg, while the operating weight is 2,789kg.

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Echo CS-390ESX Cobra CS620 The new CS620 20in petrol chainsaw from Cobra is a top of the range machine built to tackle the most demanding jobs. It is powered by a 2-stroke, air cooled 62cc Cobra engine and is fitted with a carburettor from Walbro, one of the world’s major manufacturers of carburettors and ignition systems. It also features a safety chain brake to stop the chain from rotating around the bar. Couple this with a bar and chain supplied by Oregon, and you can be sure of a fast, clean cut.

Designed for professionals, Echo’s CS-390ESX rear handle chainsaw has an outstanding power-toweight ratio. This is a result of a lightweight magnesium body coupled with a 38.4cc engine producing 1.9kW of power. It features a G-Force air cleaner system, which removes dust and wood chips from the filter providing clean air to the engine. This provides better filtration and ultimately improves engine performance. Featuring an advanced anti-icing system which channels warm air from the engine to the carburettor, the CS-390ESX will continue to perform even in freezing conditions. All Echo power tools come with a two-year warranty in professional use.

Ego Power+

Fitted with a 350mm (14in) Oregon bar, the Ego Power+ chainsaw will make up to a staggering 100 cuts of 4in x 4in softwood per charge of a 2.0Ah 56V Ego battery. It takes chainsaw operation to a new level of safety, convenience, comfort and most importantly, power. Operating at 6300rpm, the Ego Power+ chainsaw has a kickback brake, tool free chain tensioning and a chain scabbard as standard. There is also an easy to see oil level indicator on the tank. The D-shaped handle ensures easy manoeuvrability and maximum operator comfort and safety.

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Makita EA3601F35B New to Makita’s Grounds Maintenance, Landscaping and Forestry range is the 2-stroke EA3601F35B petrol chainsaw. This compact and lightweight model is a 35.2cc machine developing 2.4hp with a 35cm chain bar with tool-less chain tensioner and spring-assisted recoil starter. The engine features the Makitadesigned SAS (Stratified Air Scavenging) system, which ensures any excess fuel mixture is recovered from the exhaust and re-burnt for power and the cleanest possible emissions. Weighing just 4.2kg, its anti-icing feature sees warm air supplied from the engine stop the carburettor from icing up in cold environments.

Lawnflite’s MTD GCS 410040 petrol chainsaw has been designed to offer domestic users the performance levels of a professional chainsaw, at a low price. Its powerful 37.5cc 2-stroke petrol engine delivers a fast work rate even on tougher cuts. With a 35cm/14in guide bar and a 3.8in chain, it can handle both light and heavy jobs. The lateral chain tensioner and automatic chain oiler helps to ensure your saw is always working at its best, and a generous sized 0.4 litre fuel tank keeps you going for longer.


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New wood chipper with touch screen operation and heightadjustable ejector spout

This 1950kg chipper is ideal for demanding landscaping tasks. The infeed allows trunks of up to 23.5cm in diameter and the TP 235 MOBILE is well suited to municipalities and landscapers using wood chippers for a diverse range of tasks. This wood chipper is at the forefront of developments in ease of operation and servicing

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The new TP 235 MOBILE, which is to be followed in the long term by several variants of the same class, is a good example of the Linddana design philosophy. This means providing modern machinery with optimal strength in both construction and the blade system. Like the other latest TP models, the TP 235 MOBILE is produced in high strength steel, making it extremely stable. The machine is equipped with Linddana’s TP TWINDISC rotor with sandwich construction for strength. This is designed in accordance with the TP OPTICUT principle, meaning as a two‐piece and offset blade system that results in less vibration, more evenly distributed strain on the machine and lower fuel consumption.

Simple maintenance and user‐friendliness have always been characteristics of Linddana’s TP wood chippers. The new design simplifies service access and daily maintenance further. TP EASY SERVICE means the user can open the machine in a few steps to check or replace parts. In day‐ to‐day operation, it is a great advantage to have fast access to replace blades, turn the anvils or remove clogged material by the feed rollers. TP 235 MOBILE is operated by TP NAVIGATOR, a touch screen control panel, controlling and monitoring all the machine’s functions. With an easy start-stop function, the same display allows you to adjust chip size and read the hour counter, service indicator and fuel level all from one place.

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The wood chipper is equipped with a Kohler/Lombardini diesel engine with turbocharger based on common rail technology that reduces fuel consumption and diminishes the emissions of both NOx and diesel particles, in accordance with the latest environmental requirements. The new engine is also equipped with a maintenance free catalytic converter instead of the alternative diesel particulate filters, which require continuous treatment.

Flexible ejection Another great new feature of the machine is TP VARIO SPOUT. The ejector spout is steplessly height adjustable and controlled from the TP NAVIGATOR. The variable ejector spout provides the user with two main benefits. Firstly, one gets greater control over the destination of the wood chip and it is easy to position the ejector spout to blow it directly into a trailer. Secondly, by lowering the ejector spout to the parking position, it is easy to store the chipper indoors.


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Stein Krieger chainsaw boot

Brilliant Little Planet mulch discs Brilliant Little Planet specialises in reducing your carbon footprint by providing biobased and biodegradable products. It has introduced a range of sustainable mulch discs made from jute or hemp fibres. The 100% pure natural fibres are shaped into discs that discourage weed growth. They are a great moisture absorber and protect young plants from heat and cold. They are fully biodegradable and their organic matter is slowly released into the ground for roots to absorb. Jute discs are available in 35 or 45cm diameter and from 3-10mm thickness. Also available are square mats of different sizes.

The Krieger chainsaw boot is manufactured using the highest grade of Perwanger leather. This premium silicone impregnated leather has been manufactured in the South Tyrol region of Italy since 1780. Perwanger’s special process makes its product extremely water repellent while remaining breathable. It is the most durable leather available and is made from the corium layer, the strongest part of the hide. Increased comfort is gained through the Stein premium footbed which helps distribute pressure and absorb shock.

Agialube Bio Hedge Trimmer Spray Agialube Hedge Trimmer Spray is all-in-one biodegradable lubricant and resin solvent. It is ideal for lubricating the clipper blades of hedge trimmers and removes resin deposits whilst protecting against corrosive acids and rust. This product is also suitable for lubricating, protecting and cleaning other cutting equipment such as cylinder mowers, hedge shears, snips, etc. It comes in a 400ml aerosol spray.

Francital Queribus Type C chainsaw Trousers The new Francital Queribus Type C chainsaw trousers have all-round leg protection to EN381-5 Design C, using the new lightweight five layer protective material. The black material on the front and calves is hard-wearing Ripstop Cordura whereas the red material is stretchy Cordura/Spandex for exceptional fit. The trousers feature an elasticated waistband, high back, buttons for braces and two way zip fly.

Jo Beau M300 wood chipper The Jo Beau M300 Wood Chipper has serious chipping capacity in a compact unit and is designed for the professional gardener, tree surgeon or hire company. Features include a large in-feed hopper, pneumatic tyres, hinged hopper, reversible hardened blades and the machine is fitted with a folding in-feed chute to give easy access for blade maintenance. Jo Beau machines come directly from Belgium and are fully CE compliant. If you are looking for a top quality ‘wee’ chipper, look no further.

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Carbon Gold Tree Protector and Tree Growth Enhancer Carbon Gold’s biochar-based treecare products increase transplant survival rates, minimise drought stress and induce systemic resistance to pests and disease. Research has shown that biochar is an effective protective against Phytophthora, honey fungus, grey mould, powdery mildew, apple scab and horse chestnut leaf miner. Trialled at Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories at the University of Reading, Tree Growth Enhancer and Tree Protector are proven to significantly reduce losses when planting new trees and improve the health and vitality of established trees. Ideal for aiding drainage, decompacting waterlogged soils and stabilising soil moisture, they allow trees to grow strong, healthy root systems in the harshest conditions.

Arbortec Forestwear Class 2 Scafell lite The new Class 2 Scafell lite from Arbortec Forestwear is set to land this autumn for October delivery. It encompasses all of the features of the Scafell boot including exceptional design and outstanding performance. With a new lightweight sole and chainsaw blocking material, the Scafell lite is the lightest Class 2 boot on the market. A key feature is the safety midsole, offering protection against penetration by sharp objects, as required by health and safety departments nationally. Available in full colour – Vintage Green, Electric Blue and Classic Black, Arbortec Forestwear is confident this boot will become the first choice for arborists.

Truncator 3Fold multi-log sawhorse

Silva Cell integrated tree and stormwater system The Silva Cell integrated tree and stormwater system brings the utility of the forest to the built environment. This modular product supports traffic loads while providing uncompacted soil for large tree growth and on-site stormwater attenuation. The Silva Cell meets engineering standards with no loss of structural hard landscape integrity. It has been used in such iconic sites as the RAF Bomber Command Memorial in London and Dortmund Square, Leeds.

Using innovative features to achieve massive gains in productivity over traditional log-cutting methods, the Truncator 3Fold multi-log sawhorse has been designed specifically to save time and effort while maximising user safety. The Truncator unit is height adjustable, allowing users to work at a comfortable waist level and decreasing the risk of saw related injuries to the lower body and repetitive strain injuries to the lower back. With injection molded log cups to hold workloads in place and a securing system to restrain them further, the Truncator eliminates the risk of timber spinning and flying out while cutting.

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Logosol Mantis Arm, Log Turner and Tree Pusher Felling trees and handling logs is often a hard and risky business. For this reason Logosol has developed a package of three unique tools that give you extra muscles, a firmer grip and reduce the risk of injury. The Mantis Arm was inspired by the powerful arms of the praying mantis. It holds, pulls and turns the log and is perfect for lifting objects from the ground. It is a remarkably useful gadget when working in the woods and fields. The Log Turner is a back-sparing tool, perfect when you are rolling or turning a log. You keep a firm grip of the log through the whole process, making it impossible for the log to roll back when you take a new grip. The Tree Pusher ensures a tree falls in the planned direction when you are felling and its winch can also be used as a lifting aid when loading timber. Together, these three tools make an unbeatable package.

Predator Power has a unique range of multi-purpose narrowaccess stump grinders, with an unrivalled capacity for attachments. The Predator 50RX now has a woodchipper, mulcher, PTO output shaft with three-point linkage and a seven tonne hydraulic winch that can all be mounted to the rear of the machine and used in back gardens. For the price of a large stump grinder, you can have an all-in one tracked chipper at one end and a grinder at the other.

EASYLIFT EASYLIFT tracked booms give you more outreach than any other product in their class. EASYLIFT is now well established in the UK and features include low ground pressure for soft ground, compact dimensions for easy door access, working heights of 12-46m, petrol or diesel engines, and 240V or 110V mains motors. Outreach is often more important than working height and Easylift tracked machines give you more of this than their competitors’ machines.

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Stump Beaver tree stump grinder The Stump Beaver stump grinder from Geko Engineering is a quality attachment suitable for use on most micro and mini excavators. The Stump Beaver is a serious competitor to walk behind stump grinders due to its safe, effortless and vibration free operation. Sturdy construction using high quality components ensures a smooth cutting action, producing small, convenient wood chips. The Stump Beaver is supplied with a stand, facilitating attachment to your digger without manual lifting, easy transportation and changing of teeth.


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Seeking an experienced climber to carry out all aspects of arboricultural works to BS3998 2010 including formative pruning, crown thinning, crown lifting, crown reduction, reshaping, straight and sectional felling works. Must hold minimum NPTC units CS30, 31, 32, 38, 39 together with experience in arboricultural operations, competency certification in brushwood chipper. Qualifications in Chapter 8, first aid training, stump grinders, CS 40 and CS41 desirable. Must have key skills in tree and fungus identification and good knowledge of modern arboricultural practices and techniques. Will involve completion of health and safety documentation including risk assessments, vehicle and equipment checklists and implementation of tree work specifications. The ideal candidate will be self motivated with a flexible approach, proactive attitude and an ability to work well under pressure. Full, clean driver’s licence with B+E. Additional category C1+E desirable.

Bartlett Tree Experts is recruiting a climber based at the Beaconsfield office. Bartlett Tree Experts is a privately owned arboricultural company in the UK and Ireland and is a leader in the tree care industry. Applicants should have all relevant NPTC qualifications (CS30, 31, 38, 39), a full UK driving licence (ideally with C1+E) and the ability to demonstrate safe and competent climbing and tree surgery skills. In return Bartlett Tree Experts offers in-house and industry based training and provides all equipment and PPE. We offer a competitive basic salary (based on qualifications and skills) with additional incentive schemes and company pension scheme. Bartlett Tree Experts is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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Our client has an opportunity for a tree officer. The successful candidate will provide arboricultural advice including the monitoring of standards of the tree contract and liaise with stakeholders, contractors, internal and external clients and manage customer enquiries. Candidates must have national diploma in arboriculture (or equivalent), a UK driving licence and have access to a vehicle for business purposes, a minimum of three years’ experience in arboriculture, experience working with contractors and/or managing tree contracts, experience working with volunteers, community groups and/or external organisations and experience of dealing with the public, internal and external clients and stakeholders. Ideally candidates will have at least one year experience as a local authority tree officer or similar position.

We are looking for an experienced and confident person to join our busy team. The main duties include surveying the borough’s tree stock, commissioning work and providing professional advice to both internal clients and the public. You will have an appropriate and related professional arboriculture qualification and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. You will be computer literate and have a proactive approach to working on your own or as part of a team. You will also have a full driving licence valid for use in the EU and access to a vehicle for use at work. The starting grade will be subject to experience and qualifications.

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Lowther Forestry Group Ltd is seeking to employ an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join its northern management team. Reporting to the regional manager the successful candidate will be based at the York office and will be responsible for all aspects of contract management throughout Yorkshire and the north east of England. You possess excellent communication, supervisory and client relationship skills and will be expected to manage existing clientele and identify and develop new business opportunities. General duties involve business development, estimating, and the management of contracts from inception to completion. The position requires an individual with high professional standards and sound commercial acumen. Candidates should hold a degree or diploma in a relevant discipline and/or at least three years' operational and management experience in a similar role. A driving licence is essential. In return we offer a competitive salary and benefits package, together with excellent career and personal development opportunities.

Tree Officer, Bromsgrove District Council, Salary Grade 6 – £22,212-£26,293, 37 hours per week (5 days from 7) to assist the senior tree officer in providing an arboricultural service within the Redditch Borough and Bromsgrove District Council areas. The successful candidate will: have a nationally recognised certificate in arboriculture, a minimum of three years’ experience in an arboricultural industry, good IT knowledge, excellent communication skills, detailed understanding of relevant tree/planning legislation and tree management protocols; ensure customers receive an excellent service; demonstrate initiative, skills, experience and aptitude; work with the team to deliver quality customer focused services be self-motivated, enthusiastic. The successful candidate will be based at the Crossgates Road Depot in Redditch and will be required to work as part of a tree team as well as managing their own workload. The work is varied and covers the large geographical area of Redditch and Bromsgrove and the candidate must have their own transport.

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

The Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree It was under this sycamore tree in Dorset that six agricultural labourers, who later became known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs, met in 1834 to form the first trade union in Britain. It was very common at that time for meetings to take place under village trees and the sycamore on the green in Tolpuddle would already have been a good size. The struggle of the Tolpuddle six to improve the conditions and wages of their fellow farmworkers led to their arrest and the men were charged under the Mutiny Act and transported to Australia. Three years later, after many petitions and protest meetings the government allowed the men to be returned to Britain and they were able to spend the rest of their lives in their home village. The iconic sycamore and this little village of thatched cottages are still associated with the trade union movement and are a place of pilgrimage for trade unionists and socialists. Every July at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival, thousands take part in a

The iconic sycamore and little village of thatched cottages are a place of pilgrimage for trade unionists and socialists

march and rally. The National Trust manages this special heritage tree to try to increase its longevity. It is pollarded on a regular cycle to reduce weight on the branches and as a result, growth in the crown is vigorous and healthy. Metal cable bracing was put through the

hollow trunk in the 20th century to hold together the thin shell of living sapwood and a former split in the trunk has now grown over. It is hoped that with careful management the Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree will continue to grow for at least 200 years more. Its successor is already in place on the other side of the green, planted from a seed taken from the original sycamore. The Ancient Tree Forum champions the biological, cultural and heritage value of Britain’s ancient and veteran trees, and provides advice on their value and management at


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