Tree Surgeons Helps Save Parrot

Each animal has its own attributes and qualities that help it to lead their life in the best possible manner. Over time, an animal may evolve new traits or characteristics, particularly based on their surroundings, but there are some factors that you consider to be instrumental when it comes to the behaviour and general activity of an animal, creature or a mammal. After all, when you think about a bird, many things may come to mind, but it is likely you will think about how it can fly, and what a fantastic attribute this is to have in life.

However, there are times when a bird cannot do what comes naturally to them, and they may need help from people. This is what happened recently when a pet parrot was stuck at the top of a large tree. You would think that the parrot would have just flown to safety, and in most circumstances, this is what would have happened, but it couldn’t happen on this occasion because the parrot had damaged its feathers, rendering it unable to fly to safely.

Sometimes birds need help at high altitude

This sort of situation can have a massive impact and when it looked as though the parrot was also bleeding, it was clear that action had to be taken to assist the bird. This was when a tree surgeon was called upon to help Zasu the parrot who was discovered in a tree after escaping from their family residence in Urmston.

The pet’s owner first of called a tree surgeon and the RSPCA but it was found that more significant help was required to reach the bird. This led to a call to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. The tree was so tall that a cherry picker was required in to reach Zasu. Thankfully there was a happy ending to the tale in that the bird survived and is now on the mend, but it shows the sort of jobs that a tree surgeon may end up having to do.

A tree surgeon must carry out a wide range of work

There is extensive training involved with becoming a tree surgeon and the clear majority of this training will focus on analysing the health of trees and how to work in a safe and effective manner. However, there will be times when a tree surgeon must aid in other ways and this is definitely the sort of thing that requires outside of the box training.

You’ll find that most tree surgeons are able to offer flexibility in dealing with situations and this is down to the fact that they have so many possible roles to take care of. There are no two days on the job that are the same for tree surgeons, which is certainly something that helps to keep the role exciting and interesting. Not every day sees tree surgeons helping parrots, but it isn’t that uncommon in the grand scheme of things.





TV Star Plays Role In Saving Tree

When it comes to local campaigns or projects that impact on a community, there are many ways in which you can raise attention or get more people involved. However, it seems as though the easiest way to make an impact is to call on the services of a celebrity or TV star. In the modern era, social media is at the heart of so many people’s lives, and people in the public eye have an excellent reach with respect to getting stories out or helping more people learn about a situation or issue.

This has been seen recently with the news that a local tree, which has been described as much loved, has been granted with a temporary reprieve. Many residents have been pushing for the tree to be saved but it seems as though the intervention of Chris Packham, a TV star, has made a big difference to the overall campaign. The tree, a weeping ash, located in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight is more than 100 hundred years old. As you’d expect, you don’t clock up a century without dealing with some issues and it seems as though the tree was being prepared for the chop due to issues with fungus.

Tree could cause harm to people

A major issue for the local council is that the tree has been deemed to have a likely breakage, classed as imminent, and this limb sits over a bench. This is exactly the sort of problem that a council would want to avoid. The local highways authority, Island Roads, have stated their intention to remove the tree although they have also said they wold undertake detailed examinations of the tree at a later date.

However, the TV star, best known for nature programmes, made an impassioned plea on Twitter. Packham said that “Trees aren’t for councils, they’re for life. Long life, many lives, the lives of many things.” He then implored local authority personnel to repair the tree as opposed to hauling it down and it seems as though his message has been heard.

Local support and tree surgeon findings back the tree

The tree is referred to as the umbrella tree in the local area and there has been a growing campaign to back the tree. One show of support has seen dozens of ribbons being attached to tree, which has helped indicate the level of public support for the tree. Perhaps more importantly, there has also been the findings of a tree surgeon, acting upon instruction of residents, who stated that the tree posed “no immediate danger to the public.” This has been seized as positive news by the campaigners but it appears as though the Council in the Isle of Wight don’t quite agree with the findings of the report.

The council says that the report has “misidentified” the real issue, the “heart rot fungi” and it is this that is placing the stability of the tree into question. There is hope that the tree can be moved to a safer location as opposed to being felled, but the debate is ongoing.


Stormy Conditions Provide Opportunity For Tree Surgeon Scammers

One of the most annoying things about frauds and swindles is that they often come at a time when people are already feeling low or facing difficulties. There are many fraudsters who know exactly when to strike in order to capitalise on people’s misfortunes or take action at a time when they are most likely to succeed. The challenging weather conditions of late have caused many problems for businesses and homeowners, but sadly, this has created the situation for fraudsters to earn quick and easy money.

A recent example of this has arisen in Ireland where the local police have issued a warning to the public about what they refer to as “storm swindlers”. The Gardai have responded to an incident which took place in Claremorris with an elderly couple being swindled out of close to 1,000 euros. This was down to a gang posing as tree surgeons who said they would do some work in the wake of the recent storms.

A gang of scammers caused problems

It was Storm Fionn that caused the damage. This incident saw four males operating from a white Transit van, with the van having “Tree Surgeons” emblazoned across it. The men were offering to remove overhanging trees which they claimed to be posing a danger. The real twist in the tale came with the men offering a discount of 500 euros to do the work then if the couple paid in cash.

If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is

This action should set alarm bells ringing. However, the chance to save money and having an issue resolved as quickly as possible is very appealing and you can see why people would like to take advantage of this style of offer. A deal was agreed and work was undertaken but before too long, the “tree surgeons” requested a further 400 euros, again in cash, so that they could hire equipment. This equipment hire would ensure that the work could be carried out faster and in a safer manner. The men also claimed that the scale of the task was much bigger than initially thought.

Then men took the cash but never returned, leading the couple to raise an official complaint with a matter of days. While the police are working on this issue, they have also issued a warning to people to not be fooled by this sort of offer. The aftermath of a storm can be upsetting and there is often a need for work to be carried out quickly and efficiently, which means that this sort of assistance is appealing. However, in the long term, succumbing to this sort of problem only causes more problems and heartache for people.

With other local police forces in Ireland citing similar complaints, it appears that there are many problems of this nature across the country. This should serve as a warning to people in the UK who may receive an offer like this.


Fines After Protected Trees Cut Down

While you would think that tree surgeons and professionals in this sector would know the risks of cutting down protected trees, there doesn’t appear to be any change in behaviour. 2018 has started in the same manner as 2017 and previous years had continued with a company director and a tree surgeon receiving a fine after a protected sycamore had been pared back without the appropriate permission.

John McAllister and Helen Kelly-Howe were ordered to pay a fine in excess of £2,000. This was in relation to the unauthorised work which had taken place in High Street in Roydon. This dates back to June of 2017 when Epping Forest Council officers received notification that the branches of a tree located within one property had been cut back. These branches had been overhanging into land owned by a neighbour.

A council investigation took place

The council started an investigation and it was found that Kelly-Howe, a director for the company which owned the property, instructed John McAllister, the tree surgeon, to pare the branches back. This was done so to the level of the boundary of the property.

It transpires that no checks were carried out to determine if the tree was a protected tree. There was also no attempt to obtain consent for the work that would be carried out. The property is located in a conservation area in Roydon which means that a six week notice period has to be provided for any work on the trees. If this notice period had been followed through, it would have revealed that the tree was protected and that work should not have been carried out, and that consent for this work would not have been given.

Major fines were handed out to all parties involved

Kelly-Howe issued a plea of guilty to “causing or permitting unauthorised work to a tree in a conservation area”. The Magistrates believed that Kelly-Howe had a major role to play in this incident and she was fined a total of £1,000 while also being required to pay a sum of £750 towards the prosecution costs of the council and to the victim surcharge fund.

McAllister also received a fine, of £300, while he was ordered to pay £250 to the prosecution costs of the council and a further £30 as a victim surcharge. There may well be some surprise at the fact that the tree surgeon has received the smaller fine of the two people involved with this incident. All tree surgeons should be aware of the importance of consent for work like this and the fact that proper procedures have to be followed when it comes to removing branches or paring trees back.

This is a costly reminder that there are strict rules and regulations in place when it comes to protected trees and that people cannot just do as they feel or like.

Tree Surgeons Busy With Storm Caroline

We love to talk about the weather in the United Kingdom and it looks as though we are going to have a lot to talk about in the next couple of days. This is because Storm Caroline is making its way to the country and it is believed that some of the winds will reach close to 90 miles per hour.

There was an increase in the warning level issued by the Met Office, increase from yellow to amber. Certain parts of the country were issued with a “be prepared” alert and it looks as though winter is finally upon us. One thing that is apparent from this storm is that the entire country looks likely to be affected in some way or another. Northern Scotland was issued with the be prepared warning by the Met Office but there have also been plenty of areas in the South and London which are expected to be hit by high winds.

High Winds are expected around the UK

The north of England is bracing itself for winds that will reach about 45 to 50 miles per house while in the English capital; the winds are expected to reach speeds of 35 miles per hour. There have also been warnings issues to English coastal regions who are likely to be hit by strong winds.

One of the most common tips for dealing with Storm Caroline is to listen to the experts and seek help from the professionals. As you can imagine, this will be a very busy time of year for tree surgeons, so make sure you know which professionals are in your local area. If the issue looks to be an emergency impress the danger on them but if you are not overly concerned, it is worth getting in touch with these experts to seek any guidance they may offer.

Do not panic

It is important not to panic or worry at these times but equally, if you have trees on your property and the winds affect their condition, you need to take action. Even if the trees look in good condition, there may be problems inside the tree or in the roots so it never hurts to call on the experts for help and support.

Once the bad weather has calmed down, there is a need to make sure things are in good condition but there is also a need to plan ahead. You will find that it is best to be proactive when it comes to dealing with trees on your property and calling out the services of a tree surgeon makes perfect sense. This is a time of year when tree surgeons are busy, which is understandable, but there is definitely a great deal to be said for calling on them and making changes in your property.

Hopefully Storm Caroline won’t make too much of a difference to the UK in December of 2017 but there is a need to know that problems can arise around a person’s property if the conditions are challenging.

Fine For Tree Surgeon After Working On Protected Trees

A professional tree surgeon should be well aware of the fact that some trees are protected, which means that they cannot undertake some work on them. However, with so many stories of tree surgeons working on protected trees, you wonder if many professionals are ignorant of the law or are unaware of what trees are actually impacted or affected by these regulations.

The latest reminder that a tree surgeon faces the risk of prosecution if they undertake work on a protected tree has come from Leicester Magistrates Court. This is because Thomas Bale, from Longfield Tree and Hedge Care, has been fined for unauthorised work which was carried out on two trees located in Littlethorpe. These trees had tree preservation orders on them, and have done since 2011.

The restrictions of the protection order meant that the trees couldn’t be felled or even reduced in size without having permission from the local council. This protection was put in place due to the role the trees played in creating the style and identity of the local area. In many parts of the country, trees have a huge role to play in creating a mood and atmosphere, which many people love, and which local councils and authorities seek to reserve.

A request was made to the local council

The work was undertaken in April of 2017 and the trees were horse chestnut and lime trees. In this specific case, a request was made to Blaby District Council for permission and the response was to allow for certain work to be carried out. This included the removal of a small amount of deadwood, to sever ivy and to remove small branches which were located on the lower limbs of the tree.

However, an investigation by the planning enforcement team of the local council deemed that the work that had been carried out was “far in excess of the consented works”. The imposed fine was £569. The total level of fine which can be imposed on tree surgeons in this manner amounts to £20,000. Mr Bale submitted a plea of guilty in breaching the Tree Preservation Order, with the fine being broken down into an actual fine of £440 with costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £44.

Councillor Sheila Scott, who is the portfolio holder for the Disctrict Council in Blaby, said; “I hope that this prosecution highlights to residents that we will not accept the bludgeoning of protected trees in the district. Both trees have become unsightly for residents, with the lime tree looking like a tall bare stick. Tree Preservation Orders are in place to protect trees for the public’s enjoyment, and we will not hesitate to prosecute if such orders are ignored.”

The local council has also called on local residents to familiarise themselves with Tree Preservation Orders and to be aware of any suspicious work taking place in the local area. A lot of the investigation work undertaken by the council on this matter comes from tip-offs or recommendations from local people.

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.

October Storms See Tree Surgeons Called Into Action

While many people are looking at the weather forecasts for winter and bracing themselves for a lot of damage, some parts of the country have already experienced hardship and difficulties due to challenging weather conditions. This has led to many people getting to work in clearing up their local area and in Ludlow, many volunteers have been on hand to improve the look and safety of the area after the storms of October.

There is a volunteer group caring for Whitcliffe Common in this part of the country and the October storms has seen them called into action. In fact, there has also been a need to call on the experts for support and assistance; such was the need to carry out urgent safety work. The main issue was caused by high winds with a number of trees being significantly damaged.

Opinion was sought from a local tree surgeon

The damage to one ash tree was so bad that the group had to inform the local council and request permission for the tree to be felled. This saw the Friends of Whitcliffe Common contacting Shropshire Council Environment department due to concerns to pedestrians would be placed in jeopardy due to the storm damage. The tree lies on the route of one of the most commonly used paths in the area and there is always a need to ensure people are kept safe.

This led to a tree surgeon from Shropshire Wildlife attending the area and a case was put forward to have the tree removed. The findings of the tree surgeon and images of the tree were placed in front of the council and this resulted in immediate permission being granted to have the tree removed for reasons of safety.

While there would have been some people who wouldn’t have been happy with this decision, a spokesperson for the Natural Environment Team of Shropshire Council said that the only option they had was to fell the tree. The ash tree was deemed to be of imminent danger and this meant that the standard conservation area notification guidelines were overlooked.

The tree surgeon was assisted by seven members of the Friends of Whitcliffe Common to take down the tree and then ensure that the area was cleaned up. Some of the trunk has been left in place, which will be of benefit to the local wildlife and some of the smaller branches were cut into wood which has been passed to senior citizens in the local area. This is an example of where good news and positivity in the local community can from a difficult situation.

While a tree surgeon would prefer for a tree to remain in place, there are times when public safety is a far more pressing issue than the condition of a tree or not. With many people fearing that the weather will be difficult this winter, it could be that there will be many decisions of this nature across the country.


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.