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Tree Surgeon Hospitalised After Rescuing Cat

We all know that being a tree surgeon is a dangerous job. If you don’t have a head for heights, this isn’t the sort of work you should consider and there is a lot of powerful equipment. If you are not competent or confident in working with the high-powered saws or cutting devices associated with the job, it probably isn’t a role for you. That is okay, being a tree surgeon isn’t a job that is cut out for everyone, but it is vital that people are aware of the issues that can arise with the role.

An extreme example of the danger that some tree surgeons face was highlighted in Dorset recently. A tree surgeon scaled a 50 ft oak tree in Poole to rescue a cat. The cat had been stuck in the tree for three days without any food or water. The cat’s owner was rightly concerned, and they posted on Facebook to get help to rescue their cat.

Tree surgeons respond when people need assistance

Joseph Lines is a tree surgeon and he responded to the message. After speaking with the owners, the tree surgeon made his way up the tree whereupon he was attacked by the frightened cat. It is perhaps understandable that the cat would be disorientated and not in the best frame of mind when a rescue attempt was carried out but that doesn’t make things any easier for the tree surgeon who was attacked by the cat.

People observing from the ground heard yells of pain and after the cat bit the tree surgeon it transpired that Joseph Lines had to send five days in hospital. This is because the cat bite became infected. The cat, even though it was being rescued, scratched and spat at the tree surgeon, with these attacks being captured on the Go Pro camera that the professional was wearing.

A hospital stay can ruin a business

The tree surgeon was admitted to hospital in Poole where he was placed on intravenous antibiotics for five days. Joseph spoke to local press after his ordeal saying; “The cat was scratching and biting my arm, she bit right into it. It was diagnosed as cellulitis, they had to put me on IV antibiotics.”

Even though it was a terrible ordeal, the tree surgeon has said that this will not prevent him from rescuing more cats as and when the need arises, but he has said that he will wear better protection the next time he carries out this style of work. There is no denying that out of all the dangers that the tree surgeon expected to face with this task, being placed in hospital because of a cat attack was probably one of the least likely outcomes.

Joseph has taken the attack in his stride, justifying the cat’s actions because he was scared. This was during the heatwave so going three days without food or water would have been an ordeal for the animal, which in some way would have led to the cat lashing out even though it was being rescued at the time.

Tree Surgeons Punished For Unlawful Activity

Tree surgeons are fully aware that there is a need for permission to work on some trees and that many trees carry a protected status. It is imperative that tree surgeons carry out research on what work they can do in certain areas before they begin but for a multitude of reasons, many tree surgeons decide against this action. However, this has led to many professionals being caught out and a story from Windsor reiterates how important it is that tree surgeons follow the letter of the law when cutting down trees.

This is because tree surgeons under the employment of Mark Knight cut down protected trees and this has led to a fine with payments of more than £20,000 being requested. The site was St Leonard’s Hill which is a historic woodland area in Windsor and the Royal Borough planning enforcement team acted after they received a tip-off about the work. This came from a member of the public which indicates that there is always someone watching and that there is always someone willing to raise complaints and ensure that wrong actions are punished.

Many old trees were felled

Some of the trees were felled include sycamore trees, willow trees and ash trees, with some of these trees being more than 60 years old. The criminal investigation was set up against Knight, his company Landmark Tree Surgeons and the person that owned the land where the trees were felled, Geoffrey Try.

In court, all three admitted to their actions which was cutting down trees which had been protected and this is contrary to the Tree Preservation Regulations. Sentencing took place at Reading Magistrates Court on Friday the 20th of July. The firm also admitted two other offences and they will return to Reading Magistrates Court for sentencing on these matters in September.

People are always watching the action of others

At the end of the case, Cllr Phill Bicknell, who is the cabinet member for highways, transport and Windsor, spoke to local media and said; “This is an excellent example of the quick work our officers can do with the help of residents and visitors reporting an issue as soon as they see it. Our borough is blessed with some wonderful outdoor spaces and we take our duty to protect our nature and heritage seriously. I hope the level of fine and the quick action of our planning enforcement team to prosecute these individuals sends a clear message to others that there are serious consequences for those who show no respect to our woodlands and the laws that protect them.”

One major punishment imposed on the firm, in addition to the financial penalties imposed on everyone is that the local council has removed the firm from the list of approved contractors. This could seriously harm the company in the long run when it comes to being selected for jobs and generating income. There could be serious long-term financial implications of these actions and the punishment will serve as a warning for other firms.

Trees Can Impact On Everyday Life

Even though many people love looking at trees, thinking that they add a great deal to the local environment, not everyone feels the same. There are times when people’s view is blocked by trees or trees cause an inconvenient route for people to take. It is important to remember that not everyone is enamoured with trees but even then, there is a need to ensure that people act in the right manner when it comes to dealing with trees.

There have been many stories of tree surgeons and landowners acting unlawfully to chop down trees, only to be then punished for their actions. Therefore, there is a need for people to go through proper channels when it comes to removing trees. It is also why tree surgeons are required to know the local regulations with respect to what can be done with trees.

Tree surgeons want to preserve healthy trees

Most tree surgeons will look to preserve healthy trees as best as they can. Even if there are issues with respect to the health of the tree, the first action is to repair or remove the infected or troubling part and leave the rest of the tree intact. This isn’t always possible, but it should be the first thing that a tree surgeon looks to achieve when they review a tree.

There will be some people who look to remove a tree for aesthetic reasons as opposed to health or safety reasons. A story from Stroud has recently received public attention because elderly residents of an independent senior living complex have had their view blocked by a silver birch tree.

Some residents have growing concerns over the trees

One resident has complained to the local council about the tree blocking light from flooding into the window and spoiling their view. This woman spoke to local press about the situation, saying; “I don’t see why we should have to put up with it. I can’t get out there and do anything. It’s such a big tree, in a few years it will be touching my window. I don’t want it cut down but I want some light in my flat. I am sure people would not like to sit in my chair and look at a tree all day long.”

The complainant has also stated that when she leaves her window open, wind often blows seeds into her property which she has likened to the effect of snow. The person has also claimed that other neighbours are concerned about the development of the tree.

The council have acknowledged that a complaint has been raised with them and a spokesperson for Stroud District Council said; “We’ve instructed a tree surgeon to examine the tree with a view to cutting it back.”

While there are many reasons to pare back trees, a few residents being unhappy with the presence of trees may not be enough. The tree surgeon will have to appraise the quality and condition of the tree while deciding if its growth will place people or local buildings at risk.

Removal Of Tree Leaves Woman Angry And Upset

There is no denying that a great looking tree can brighten people’s moods and help people to feel cheerier about life. We can become used to certain things around our home and when these are removed, it can feel like a loss. This is the case for one woman in South Harrow who has been complaining about the removal of a tree from outside her home.

The local council, Harrow Council, has said that they acted in good faith. The council states that the tree was in danger of collapse and that it was infested with fungus. If this is the case, you can see why the council would want to carry out emergency work on the tree. The woman stated that there was nothing wrong with the tree, claiming that her son works as a tree surgeon and he was unaware of any issues with the tree.

The woman believes the council were wrong to act

Ms Savill, who said that she was “angry and upset” over the removal of the tree, spoke to local press in greater detail about the removal of a cherry tree from outside of her home. She said; “In my opinion they’ve cut the tree down because they needed to carry out work on the road and they thought it would be in the way. It was healthy and had only recently been in glorious bloom. That tree had been there for at least 60 years but, once it’s gone, it’s gone. It’s a horrible feeling.”

The woman also criticised the council for working very fast, claiming that she had no real time to make a complaint or halt the process. It is not often you will hear a complaint about councils working too quickly, the opposite is usually the case. Ms Savill was quoted as saying; “There was nothing saying that work was going to be carried out, and certainly no consultation. Before anyone could say anything, they’d cut it down.”

Harrow Council released a statement regarding the tree, saying; “While our contractor would normally put a notice up before removing a tree, this one needed to come down right away.” The council also stated that workmen who removed the tree spoke to Ms Savill prior to the felling. The council has stated that the process was explained and that the reasons for the felling had been fully explained.

It may be that Ms Savill didn’t understand the reasons or that the workers didn’t explain the process as best as they could have but it does seem as though there was a cross-communication at some point. There is no denying that people develop attachment to tress and losing these aspects from their home or local area can be quite distressing.

There are two very different and distinct sides to this story and it is difficult to say for certain who is right or wrong. However, this story shows the extent of emotions people have for trees around their home.


Tree Replacement Service Will Lift Community Spirits


Although cutting down trees is a major part of the job for tree surgeons, it is a role that many within the sector are not happy with. You will find that most tree surgeons will do what they can to preserve a tree and make sure that it remains in place. This may see a tree surgeon pruning a tree or removing some limbs but there will be times when there is no other option but to remove a tree from a property or premises. Of course, this doesn’t mean that a tree surgeon must be happy about the process, but it is an action they must take.

However, one tree surgeon in Reigate has decided that he didn’t like the feeling that comes with cutting trees down. This has led Jake Shepherd to give something back to nature and in the middle of April, he made an application to the Reigate and Banstead Borough council. This move will allow Shepherd to plant trees in the green spaces and parks of the town.

School pupils have helped in the process

The first tree was planted on the 24th of April and pupils from Reigate Priory School, the same school that Shepherd attended as a child, helped. The overall aim is for the tree surgeon to replace every tree that he has cut down and he is doing this out of his own pocket. This is something that will likely catch the eye, and it is good to see a professional being proactive in caring for the environment, not just his own wallet or bank account.

Big plans for future tree growth in Reigate

Jake spoke to local press, saying; “I know the environment and that aspect of life is quite pressing at the moment and it concerns a lot of people, so I want to create something that’s going to be sustainable. For every tree I take out that’s over 30cm at chest height, I’m going to plant a tree in the local area to that tree within the green spaces of Reigate.”

This is exactly the sort of act that inspires others and it may be that other people in the local area will follow suit or do something similar. It can only be a positive thing to have people caring about their town so much and when it comes to creating a great atmosphere and environment, showing some local pride is a brilliant way to improve matters.

It would be fair to say that many tree surgeons have a healthy respect for their local area and the environment. This is a job where having an attachment to nature is likely to be of benefit, and you can see why many tree surgeons are inspired to act in a way that gives something back.

There is also the added financial incentive for the tree surgeon to keep trees in position as opposed to tearing them down but if trees have to be removed, it is likely that some good will come of it.

Tree Surgeons Taking A Bad Rap In Some Areas

No matter what industry you think of, it is likely that the actions of a few people or companies will colour your thoughts of that entire industry or professionals. While some professionals will think that this doesn’t impact on them or that it allows them to be a better provider than some of the companies on offer, there is a need to be aware of the negative impact it can have on the whole profession. You only must look at the way that professions like builders, plumbers, traffic wardens and lawyers are usually referred to by the workers at the lower end as opposed to those who offer a high standard of service.

There are many high-quality tree surgeons operating these days but the actions of one or two can cause huge problems for even the best professionals. Therefore, stories emanating from Potters Bar will have caused some tree surgeons a few worrying moments and maybe even a sleepless night or two. It appears that a tree surgeon has been criticised for an aggressive approach to promoting his services. In fact, the list of reasons people have for criticising the tree surgeon have been listed as:

  • Not taking no for an answer
  • Being unpleasant in dealings with the public
  • Being rude when dealing with the public
  • Blocking the road with his vehicle

These are all negative issues that impact on people. One resident contacted local media to complain about the professional. The homeowner has a “no cold callers” sign on their door but this did not deter the tree surgeon who even remained outside the door after they had been told to move on by homeowner.

Some residents have complained about an aggressive level of service

Another resident has said that the tree surgeon climbed over a hedge to engage her in discussion and debate about his attitude. It is no surprise to learn that the police have received complaints about the professional. A police spokesperson confirmed there had been a number of complaints and a statement has been released saying; “We had a call yesterday (Tuesday April 17) at around 6pm from a resident in The Walk, Potters Bar. A man offering tree services knocked and was quite intimidating and wouldn’t leave. He did eventually go and police were then called.”

This is the sort of behaviour that helps to form a negative impression. The clear majority of tree surgeons operate in an effective manner. In the modern day, it can be difficult t promote a company or offer services to customers, but there are guidelines on what is and what isn’t acceptable. The behaviour discussed by people and the police is clearly not in keeping with regulatory guidelines that any tree surgeon would adhere to.

It is a shame that there are some people who act in this manner, and of course, there is nothing to say that the person is a qualified tree surgeon, they could be a scammer. With spring finally here, people want to improve their garden and tree surgeons will be in high demand. This is the ideal time for scammers to try and make some money but hopefully there won’t be too much of an impact on professionals who work diligently.

Tree Surgeon Brings The Cat Down

The word hero may be overused these days but for many people, anyone that puts themselves at risk of injury or goes the extra mile to ensure that animals are well looked after is worthy of praise and positive attention. This is the story surrounding a tree surgeon in Portadown who ensured that a cat was rescued after it had been stuck in a tree in People’s Park for a number of days. There are many reasons why cats bound up trees with great glee and excitement but there are also numerous reasons as to why a cat will get up there and then find themselves unable to get back down.

A resident had noticed that the cat had been stuck in the tree for a number of days and even though a number of people had attempted to entice the cat down, the feline remained in its lofty position. The resident contacted the NI Fire and Rescue Service only to be told that rescuing cats was no longer within the remit of the organisation. There is an argument to be said that the funding provided to the organisation should be put to better use than rescuing animals but there will be many people who disagree with this, saying that limited funds should be kept for emergencies and more pressing matters.

A nearby river added to the concern

A significant issue regarding the cat was the fact that the tree was located very close to the river, with a branch dangling out over the water. The branch was located far too high for most people to reach it and the resident issued a plea for help online. After a few days, a tree surgeon came across the request and decided that this was something within their remit and scope to help. Peter Boyd saw the post on Facebook and decided that the Easter period was a bit too dull for his liking, deciding to act and save the cat.

The tree surgeon completed his shift during the day as normal and then made his way to Portadown, arriving very late in the evening. With very little light and howling rain, you would be forgiven for thinking that most professionals would have left the work until the morning, but the tree surgeon decided that as he was on the premises, it was best just to get on with the job. Peter Body rigged up the required ropes and harnesses and then set up climbing the tree and coaxing the cat back down.

One final hitch before the mission was completed

Thankfully, the process went well, although there was a slight hitch on the descent. Peter got tangled in the ropes slightly, and the cat decided to venture off onto another branch. This branch was much closer to the ground and the cat managed to complete the journey back to the ground of its own accord, completing the safety mission to resident’s relief.

This isn’t your standard day at the office for a tree surgeon, but it is an issue that comes up regularly. You’ll also find that as more fire services stop providing this service, it will become an area of work for more tree surgeons.


Tree Surgeons Have Difficult Roles

When it comes to working as a tree surgeon, there are many known dangers and risks associated with the job. Professionals often must work at great heights and the equipment can be dangerous if it is not used correctly. In this regard, being a tree surgeon is not a job for the faint-hearted, but there are other issues and problems that can make the job more difficult than it would seem.

Sometimes there will be emotional issues for people to deal with and this has been reinforced by a case in Eastbourne. One resident is extremely angry with the local council after a tree surgeon was sent to a property to remove a tree. The tree surgeon had been sent without consultation with the property owner and the tree held emotional and sentimental reasons.

Mike Ledgerwood, who is 76 years old, spoke to local media saying;” I’m fighting against them chopping the tree down. It’s been there for 20 years. My beloved wife Susan planted it there when we came here. The birds feed off it. They have sent a tree surgeon to my home without consulting me to not only trim my tree but to chop it down. “

Sometimes the tree isn’t the most important issue

Mr Ledgerwood also spoke to local media about the incident and the fact that the local council has said that they may still remove the tree at some point in the future. “I’m really angry, we have been here all these years and have an unblemished record as tenants. I’m at my wit’s end.”

The property owner has threatened to tie himself to the tree until there is a resolution to the problem. There is no doubt that the tree holds significance to Mr Ledgerwood but as is often the case, there is more than one side to the story. Yes, the fact that it was planted by the man’s late wife and various family pets have been buried under the tree makes an argument for the retention of the tree. However, the fact that the tree causes problems for other property owners means that there is also an argument to remove the tree or at least pare it back in some way.

Sometimes there is a need for emotional support

The local council issued a statement to local media stating that the tree has been pared back and that they will consult with the property owner in the future if any further work is required. The statement read; “We understand the sentimental attachment Mr Ledgerwood has with this tree. The tree has not been removed or cut down. “It has been cut back this week to avoid any further damage to the property and we will consult with him on how this will be managed in the long-term.”

While there are many happy moments for tree surgeons in their role, there can also be difficult moments. When personal emotions come into play, your everyday job can be challenging, and it is important that tree surgeons act in the right manner, although it is often a struggle to say what is right or wrong.

Excessive Work Sees Tree Surgeon Fined

If you are a tree surgeon or you have an interest in the industry, you know the importance of Tree Preservation Orders, or TPOs. However, it appears many professionals in the industry don’t pay attention to these orders or decide against following correct procedure. This can be seen in the continual fines and penalties imposed on tree surgeons who carry out work that is opposed by a TPO.

There are times when the work that has been carried out is completely against a TPO. There are also times when the work that has been carried out is deemed to be excessive. This was the story in Chelmsford Magistrates Court recently when two men were found guilty of “causing or permitting works to the two trees” without proper authorisation. The work has carried out in Abridge back in June of 2017 and there had been no authorisation provided by Epping Forest District Council.

The local council has problems with work carried out

While permission had been granted for a limited amount of work to be carried out, an investigation by inspectors found that the branches on the two trees had been cut back excessively. A statement provided by the local council said; “This ultimately caused serious damage to both trees and increases the risk of decay. No consent would have been given for the extent of the work carried out.”

There was a fine of £440 for each tree for March Wright and Danny Swift was fined £660 for each tree. Both men involved were ordered to make a contribution towards the prosecution costs incurred by the council, with this amounting to £600.

Tree surgeons often have different opinions

There will likely be a difference of opinion about the outcome of this case. After all, if the order was that no work should be carried out on the tree and work was carried out, this is a clear breach and there isn’t much if an argument to put forward by the accused parties. However, when it comes to an order when work is permitted, you can see why some people would struggle to know where to stop.

It may be that there was a clear definition of what work could and couldn’t be carried out, and if there was, it would be a simple case. However, these rulings are often quite vague and what one tree surgeon defines as being necessary, another tree surgeon may find to be excessive. A lot of tree surgeons have different opinions on the level of work that needs to be carried out to resolve a matter, and this is another cause for confusion and uncertainty.

There may be some people saying that the sums involved with the fine aren’t that high, and could have been worse, but for professionals, any fine can be harmful. This is certainly a sum of money that could cause major problems for a tree surgeon, and it should act as another reminder of the importance of having permission before carrying out work.

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.