Tree Surgeons Investigate Poisoned Trees

While many people adore trees and a lot of people probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about trees, it would appear that some people are not too fond of trees in their local area. This has been the case in Norfolk of late where there has been a case of protected trees being poisoned. This has taken place in Gorleston-On-Sea in a private woodland, and all of the affected trees have been classed as historic and protected.

Eight trees in total have been affected with the culprit or culprits drilling holes into the tree and then pouring a chemical into the gap. The hole is then covered up. At this point in time, one tree has died due to this action but after review, many trees have been classed as “distressed”, including beech trees, holm oaks, poplar trees and horse chestnut trees. Given that many of these trees have preservation orders imposed on, this story takes a turn for the malicious. The oldest affected tree is close to being 200 years old and many of the affected trees have been left with no leaves.

Some of the trees have a fine history

Most of the trees that have been attacked are found in the area surrounding Koolunga House, a property which dates back to 1826. Nowadays, the property is split into seven flats and the management team responsible for running the property have put up a £700 reward for details or information that may lead to the conviction of the person that has been taking this action. The investigation into the attacks has seen tree surgeons from Great Yarmouth Borough Council involved and they have taken wood and leaf samples from the trees. These have been analysed in the hope of uncovering clues about who may have carried out this attack and in the hope of finding a cure for the trees.

The issue was first spotted by the local council and after some of the trees which were under a protection order were found to be looking distressed, and this set up a bigger investigation. A tree surgeon found the drilled hole in a loose piece of bark and after closer examination, there has been a total of 30 holes found across eight trees.

The council has contacted all of the householders at the property detailing the law with respect the preservation order for the tree and detailing the importance of complying with these laws. This letter also outlined the criminal nature of attacking a tree and that a fine of up to £20,000 can be imposed on anyone found guilty of such an act.

It is natural that some suspicion will fall on property owners in the area because they may have a reason to get rid of the trees. However, there are many other people with reasons who could want rid of the trees and there could be just people who like acting maliciously. All of which means that there are things to consider in determining who is behind this action.

This may not be the sort of work that is common for tree surgeons to carry out but it showcases the skill and talent that many of these professionals have.

Tree Surgeon Heading Out For Post Hurricane Clear Up

When you have skills, talent and experience, it is understandable that you will be in high demand. This is something that many tree surgeons have found. There is a wide range of skills utilised in the work of a tree surgeon and whether it is the confidence of working at height or the ability to work safely with a range of dangerous equipment, tree surgeons are needed in many places for all manner of work. This is why a tree surgeon from Moray is heading to Puerto Rico. This is one of the areas that has suffered thanks to Hurricane Irma and a quick estimate believes that there has been £750m worth of damage.

Andy McPherson was initially meant to fly out after the first wave of the hurricane hit but then a second hurricane, Hurricane Maria, delayed these plans. After the second hurricane, it was believed that the entire island was without power. When you take on board the fact that the island has a population of 2.5 million people, this is an awful lot of people whose daily lives are being affected by the hurricanes.

Dart International UK bringing relief around the world

The tree surgeon is working as part of a disaster relief charity, Dart International UK, and this specialist charity is now in its third year. While it would be better if there was no need for this organisation, the fact that they have undertaken work in South Pacific, Asia and West Africa indicates that there is a huge need for this level of support. Andy will be heading to Puerto Rico for two weeks, and he will be working alongside a number of professionals.

You may think that two weeks working in the Caribbean sounds live heaven but of course, this is a very difficult time in this part of the world and the work that Andy will do will hopefully help return things to normal. Much of Andy’s work will focus on clearing trees from roads and making sure access routes, paths and the grounds of hospitals and schools are clear. This work is a top priority in the wake of a hurricane, so Andy’s role is hugely important and hopefully it will have a positive impact in this part of the world.

This will be the second time that has been deployed in this style of role. He was previously utilised in Vanuatu, which is just off Australia, back in 2015. That area was affected by a cyclone and an earthquake, with a lot of devastation in the region.

Dart is a registered charity and it is virtually completely funded by the arborist industry in the United Kingdom. Even though there are trees all around the world, there are not too many organisations set up to make sure that a swift and reliable clean-up process in the event of a disaster. The work carried out by these professionals helps to get life back to normal as quickly as possible, which is definitely an important task in the modern day and age.

Tree Surgeon Hailed As Cat Man Of Grimsby

There are certain things you can do in life that will colour how people see you or impact on what they think of you. This may not always be a good thing but if you act in a nice manner, you will hopefully receive a name or accolade that is becoming or fitting of the work that you carry out. The nickname of “Cat Man” may not be the best name in the world but given the circumstances that a Grimsby tree surgeon has earned this name, it is a name that he should be very proud of.

Ross Jones is the tree surgeon in question and he received this nickname after rescuing a third cat in the Grimsby area. The latest rescue mission about when he rescued a cat that had been stuck in a tree for a period of two days. The cat was in a tree in Grant Thorold Park and Ross’ reputation clearly went before him. This is because he received a high volume of calls and social media messages about the plight of the cat. As soon as he had the chance, he leapt into action and before you know it, the cat was safe and well, with the Cat Man of Grimsby having another story to tell.

Ross jones making a habit out of saving cats

Just weeks ago, Ross Jones, who runs his own tree surgery company, saved a six year old cat called Dolly. This was in Cleethorpes and Dolly had been stuck in a tree outside of her home for over a day. Dolly had been chased by a dog, so no doubt was in a great deal of distress over the whole ordeal. Another incident occurred in November of 2016 when Mr Jones rescued a cat that was in a tree 35 feet up in the air in a pine tree.

While all of these rescue missions had a degree of difficulty about them, which is why there was a need for a professional to get involved, Mr Jones said that the most recent rescue mission was the moist difficult. This was down to the fact that the cat was in a difficult position and the fire service were unable to help as their cherry picker wasn’t capable of reaching the heights. The cat was actually positioned over the road, which added further complications.

Rescuing cats isn’t always easy

At first, Mr Jones and another tree surgeon, Ryan Welbourn, thought that it was going to be too difficult to rescue the cat, and called it a day. However, after considering the problem overnight and calling in some other people to assist, a fresh rescue attempt was made with a different cherry picker.

The cat had been without food or drink for two days, so it was starting to feel very distressed, which made the timing of the rescue all the more important. The work of a tree surgeon contains many different aspects and as long as cats climb trees, there will be a need to rescue cats.

Large Fine For Cutting Down Protected Trees

If you are looking to have trees taken down, it is always best to call on the services of a licenced tree surgeon. A reminder of this comes with news that an individual received a fine of £4,000 for having protected trees cut down in Fleet. The story is centred on the removal of two trees while a third was damaged, and this took place in December of 2016.

Hart District Council took a local resident to court and it was found that a tree surgeon did more work than what was asked for. However, the tree surgeon couldn’t be found and this meant that the individual involved was prosecuted by the courts, with the fine being placed on the individual. This was a very costly lesson for the individual to learn and sadly, the whole situation could have been prevented if they had hired a licenced tree surgeon.

This led to Cllr Graham Cockarill, who is a Cabinet Member for Planning in the District Council for Hart to release a statement. The main focus of the statement was about how it is vital that people don’t turn to the services of tree surgeons who turn up at their door or who cannot show their credentials. There is always a risk of low quality work or of the work not being insured but in this instance, the biggest risk comes from the fact that sometimes it is impossible to later track down the tree surgeon that carried out the work.

Some research would have saved a lot of trouble

The district council in Hart has an interactive map that people can use to see if the tree they want worked on is in a conservation area or has a TPO. This is great information for people because it means that if you have any doubts or concerns, you can be proactive and check it out for yourself. With this in mind, this sort of issue shouldn’t have arisen. If the tree you are looking for doesn’t have a restriction on it, work can be carried out on it but if the tree you examine is restricted, people should have obtained permission before carrying out work.

Of course, if you are going to have work undertaken without carrying out the proper checks, you leave yourself open to getting into trouble.

There was also the issue about the unlicensed tree surgeon and there was some guidance from Adam Maskill, who is the Tree Officer for Hart District Council. Maskill reiterated the need to ask for qualifications and a copy of the tree surgeon’s public liability insurance. There was also a reminder to the public that in looking to hire a professional, it makes sense to carry out some research and to obtain quotes from three professionals.

Anyone looking for peace of mind when calling on the services of a tree surgeon will find that there is an “Arb Approved Contractor” programme which is run by the Arboriculture Association. At this point in time, this is the most comprehensive accreditation scheme when it comes to tree surgery professionals across the United Kingdom.


Tree Surgeon Scales Great Heights

While the majority of work undertaken by tree surgeons is to ensure the safety of trees and surrounding areas, there are times when these professionals are called upon to do other jobs. The skills that a tree surgeon has, which includes climbing trees and being able to work safely at great distances, can be utilised in other ways and this was the case recently when RSPCA Cymru called on the services of one local tree surgeon.

Lee Symes runs his own tree surgeon company and he hails from Blaenavon. He was called on by the local RSPCA to rescue a cat which was stuck up a 50 foot tree in New In. A member of the public had spotted the cat in the tree on Sunday the 13th of August and very quickly there was a call to action, and before you know it, a tree surgeon was making his way up the tree.
This wasn’t a quick job, with Symes spending 90 minutes up the tree safely removing the cat. Thankfully the cat was rescued and after an inspection from a local vet, it appears that the cat is doing well. The inspection also managed to uncover a microchip which made it possible to contact the owner, who came along to collect the cat and take it home. This story should also act as a reminder for pet owners to have their pets chipped if at all possible. Hopefully the information will never be needed but if it is, it can save a lot of time, hassle and heartache.

A Sunday service provides quick help

The fact that the tree surgeon attended on a Sunday indicates the level of service that many professionals offer and this is certainly something that people are thankful for. You are not going to class a tree surgeon as a professional who operates in the emergency services but there will be times when a tree surgeon is called out at short notice and in an emergency. While a tree surgeon is entitled to their downtime as much as any professional, this is an area of work where a swift response is often needed, and this is why it is good to know that there are tree surgeons who will operate quickly if required.

The tree surgeon, Lee Symes, spoke to local media saying; “This was certainly one of the more unusual jobs I’ve done. We’re happy we could help a cat in the local community.” There is definitely a great deal to be said for being flexible and having skills that can be utilised in a number of ways. When tree surgeons train for the role, it is unlikely that rescuing cats will be at the front of their mind but it is a story that crops up on occasion. You will sometimes find that it is professionals from the fire service that rescue cats from a great height but if you’re looking for a reliable service from an expert who is confident in dealing with trees and great heights, you will find that a tree surgeon is the ideal professional to call on.

Mystery Tree Surgeon Acting In Slough

There is no denying that many people consider tree surgeon to be an exciting job. You get to work with some exciting (and dangerous) equipment, you can work at heights and if you are looking for a role that will always be in demand, a tree surgeon is as good a job as any other. Not everyone is going to be cut out for working in this manner but it would be fair to say that a lot of people would love the chance to serve as a tree surgeon, even just for a day or two.

Of course, there is a need for tree surgeons to be professional and to have proper qualifications. This can be a very dangerous role if you don’t know what you are doing, so most people should steer clear of being a tree surgeon. This is why the appearance of a “mystery person” who has been posing as a tree surgeon in Slough is causing concern. The person has been operating in Upton Court Park and has cut down a number of mature willows and oaks in the park. A warning has been issued by the council in the light of six trees, which have been classed as “substantial” were knocked down.

It transpires that the person has been using a chainsaw and research into the work indicates that this has been carried out by a professional and not, in the words of the council, by “kids mucking about”. The council has also asked that if anyone sees someone felling a tree in the park, the police should be contacted.

The person may look like a council worker

One issue comes with the fact that there is a suspicion that the person working in this manner may have a high-visibility jacket and clothing that looks similar to the ones worn by council staff. This means a member of the public is likely to assume that a park official is carrying out the work and will think nothing about the process.

The first instance in this wave occurred around six months ago and it was hoped that this was a one-off at the time. However, a stack of logs have been found in the park area and the council has raised fears that the person who has been cutting down the trees have been doing so in order to sell on the wood.

The fact that someone is going around the park with a chainsaw is definitely a concern when it comes to public safety. There is nothing to suggest that the person cutting down trees would do anything dangerous around people but with an unauthorised person acting in this manner, it is important that all steps are being taken care of and all issues are planned for.

There is no denying that many people would love to be a tree surgeon but this is a profession for people who get qualifications and work their way through the process in a correct manner. Cutting trees is fun but it should be left to the experts.

Tree Surgeon Called Into Action After Blackburn Tree Falls

A family in Blackburn had a very fortunate escape after a tree trunk fell onto a spot where they had just parked their vehicle. This happened in Corporation Park with the tree falling in Park East Road in the city. The family of three had just parked their car but moved it after they realised they were initially parked on double yellow lines. The car was moved forward with the intention of avoiding a fine for being parked on these lines but in the end, it may have saved the family members from serious injury.

Shezmeen Munshi was out with her husband Azaz Chanda and their son Mousa Chanda when the incident happened. The tree trunk was around 30 feet long and it managed to block both sides of the road. There was notable damage to the railings of the park and a nearby wall, and this left the family in doubt that if the tree had fallen on them, they would have been at serious risk of injury.

Family had lucky escape after tree collapses

The family was in the park because their son Mousa wanted to feed the ducks which can be found in Corporation Park. This is a popular activity for many families so this is a stretch of road that will often see many people on it. This suggests that the incident could have been a lot worse, and this should serve as a reminder that it is important to be proactive with respect to the condition of trees.

The tree may have looked in good condition and that there was nothing to be alarmed about, but the fact that a tree could fall with no prior warning should be of concern. The council have arranged for a tree surgeon to come out and review the tree but there should be a thorough review of all of the trees in the local area. While there has been notable damage in the local area, this is a situation that could have been significantly worse, so in that regard, it was a lucky outcome. If a review of the trees in the local area raises any concerns, it should be take action and remove the risk of any further incidents arising. This is definitely something that has to be acted upon sooner rather than later.

A local councillor has promised to raise the issue and ensure that something is done about it. Cllr Hussain Akhtar has promised to enlist the tree surgeon employed by the council to run through a survey of trees in Corporation Park and make sure that there are no other trees in the local area which are at risk of collapsing. The councillor also cited a recent incident in Preston New Road, and this highlights concerns that there may be a number of issues with trees in the local area.

It is always best to be proactive when it comes to caring for trees and hopefully work undertaken in the light of this recent incident will improve safety in the local area.

Tree Surgeons Bring Busy Road To A Halt

You know that a problem must be serious when a local council is willing to take action over it. You also know that the problem must be extremely serious if a local council authority is willing to take action that will see people affected, routines disrupted and a busy road brought to a standstill. By and large, local councils would prefer to keep the status quo in place and if they can go about their business without bringing attention to themselves, all the better.

This indicates the issues that were affecting the town centre of Cheltenham that led to a team of tree surgeons being hired to cut back large trees. The affected area was Bayshill Road, one of the busiest roads in the local area, due to the fact that it connects to the junction located on St George’s Road. The road was blocked off from the town centre side to enable work to be carried out.

A team of tree surgeons carried out work

There were a number of professionals working in the area with one tree surgeon positioned up one of the larger trees. He was using a chain saw to remove large parts of the tree while colleagues working on the ground were then chopping up into smaller sections. While the work only took a couple of hours, it indicates the level of importance of the job when you take on board how many people were involved, and how much of an impact there was on the local community.

Diversions were put into place so hopefully there wasn’t too much disruption for the local community but clearly there was a concern about the condition of the trees and what would happen if they were to fall. There have been a number of stories across local media of late telling of falling trees and cars being smashed. A local council knows that this sort of incident can cost them a lot of money, not to mention a lot of bad-will from people, so it usually best to be proactive in these matters.

It is fair to say that a tree surgeon will do their best to keep a tree in place, which is why they will decide to remove large parts of the tree but still keep as much of the tree in place as they can. Unless a tree has to be removed, you’ll find tree surgeons doing what they can to provide an alternative solution or offer a workaround.

In this regard, while there was a day of inconvenience for many people in the local area, it is hoped that the outcome will be worth it. While the council has not provided any information as to the actual condition of the trees in the area, it would be fair to say that there was a pressing concern or need for action to be action.  After all, a local authority is unlikely to enlist the services of a tree surgeon unless they really have to!

Tree Surgeon Makes The Wrong Call

While a lot of people think the idea of being a tree surgeon is a fun job, there is  no denying that there is a great deal of responsibility and often a touch of danger. There is often times when you have to work at heights, you are often dealing with tress that weigh a considerable lot and when you consider the cutting tools that a tree surgeon works with, health and safety is clearly a very important issue of their working routine. However, a tree surgeon knows that they have to make appraisals quickly and correctly, and if they make the wrong call, they can end up with a lot of criticism.

A tree surgeon is always going to do what they can to keep a tree in position. If a tree is healthy, a tree surgeon will recommend that it should stay in place, perhaps with some modifications taking place. If no problems arise, no one remembers that the tree surgeon was involved in the process. However, if a tree surgeon makes the call that a tree is good to remain in place, and a problem arises, then the tree surgeon comes in for a great deal of criticism and undue pressure. This is something that tree surgeons have to deal with and it gives them something else to think about when they are making big decisions.

Dead tree crushes cars

A situation in Basildon recently shows the problems that can arise when a tree surgeon makes a call that turns out to the incorrect decision. This is because a dead tree, which had previously been declared safe by a council approved tree surgeon, came down on two cars. The tree collapsed on to the cars, crushing them both, causing one of the trees to be written off while the other car has been badly damaged.

The owner of the car that was just badly damaged saw the tree falling from inside her home. When an incident like this happens, there is always a reaction to think about what might have been. This was an area that is often busy with children playing or heading home from school. In this regard, it was perhaps fortunate that the incident happened on a Sunday afternoon, although of course, there is rarely a positive time for trees to fall down and crash into vehicles.

Eye-witnesses who saw the tree after it had fallen down claimed that it was obvious that the tree was dead on the inside but of course, it is very easy to be wise after the event. There is no denying that the tree surgeon will be asked questions about their findings and whether they were negligent in their work or if this was just one of their things. At this point in time, the vehicle owners are dealing with the local council, and it is believed that the local council’s insurance will have to deal with the claims. It would be interesting to see if the local council then attempts to divert any financial burden on to the tree surgeon who passed the tree fit previously.

Tree Surgeons Ensure Polling Goes On

It would be fair to say that the build-up to the General Election of 2017 didn’t run too smoothly for many of the parties and of course, the fall-out of the results will likely rumble on for a very long time. Calling a snap General Election is the sort of thing that you should only do if you are confident about the outcome but of course, many unforeseen things can happen which change the way that the whole thing pans out. There will be a few people ruminating on that this morning but an advance warning sign of unpredictable issues impacting on voting intentions would have been found in South Norwood.

This is because a leisure centre in the area, which was being used as a polling station in the General Election had to be closed off for a while. This is because a tree fell onto a vehicle that was located outside of the building. There was a need for quick action and it didn’t take too long for police officers to attend, and arrange for a tree surgeon to arrive at the scene. There was a need to have the tree cut up and removed as quickly as possible, and this incident couldn’t have happened at a worse time given the importance of the location for the local vote.

News of the incident spread quickly

Given the way that social media runs people’s lives these days, it was no surprise to learn that news about the tree falling spread like wildfire. One witness, Julian Oram, managed to send a tweet questioning whether the tree crashing down should be seen as an omen when it comes to the polling station and the election overall. Your thoughts on that probably owe a lot to your perceptions of the vote but a lot of people would have held similar thoughts.

Thankfully, the leisure centre quickly confirmed that no one had been hurt due to the tree falling and the centre also confirmed that polling had not been impacted on in any way. This is another area where social media can be good and bad. It was important to get the word out about the polling station being unaffected, and social media is the ideal platform to share news like this. However, when pictures started to be shared of the tree outside of the leisure centre, it allowed for mischievous people to claim that polling was halted. Hopefully no one was deterred by any of the confusion that may have arisen in the wake of the incident.

While dealing with fallen trees and making areas safe is all in a day’s work for tree surgeons, this incident may have called for a slightly more urgent response. This is why it is vital that tree surgeons are found in all manner of locations, including inner city areas. Yes, you may associate tree surgeons with the countryside or dealing with gardens and domestic issues but wherever there are trees, there is a need for tree surgeons to be around.