We have had a very busy Summer so far and most of the team are taking a well earned holiday as I write this during what is normally our quiet time. We are, however still very busy and I am just about to head off on Honeymoon after getting married in July so frantic last minute work scheduling is the order of the day today. We look after the tree stock for 10 private schools spanning 4 counties at present and this involves carrying out a Visual Hazard Assessment on 5 of the sites anually and 2 bi-anually. Luckily the weather has been kind this week allowing me to complete Surveys at 4 sites this week.

Declan is off on Paternity Leave this week after becoming a father to a little baby girl for the first time. Colin, our part-time Groundsman has been invaluable help over the last few weeks, covering for leave and days off as usual.

We have completed several very challenging jobs of late, the most notable being a very technical sectional fell of a very large Pinus Nigra in Abingdon that had outgrown its space and become dangerous. The added challenge in addition to the road, pavement and property were 3 overhead phone lines and an electricity cable running beneath the crown. The job involved removing the crown using a 50 ft MEWP (Cherry Picker), carefully rigging off small sections through the cables using a twin rope lowering system the sectioning off the huge main stem in 3ft chunks using our heavy-duty Stein rigging bollard. The job was completed successfully with no problems and drew a huge crowd of onlookers as most of the neighbourhood turned out to watch the spectacle!

We took […]