BTS Group official logo

Lights, ladders, action! bts Group clears vegetation from powerlines overni...

May 9, 2023

bts Group Needham cleared vegetation from powerlines in a late-night roadside shutdown at Red Lodge on 2-3 May.  Teams from bts and Tree Craft were on-site from 20:00 to 02:00. The distribution network operator shut down two spans on the A11, leaving them safe for our teams to clear. Arborists cut pines – which comprised the bulk of the job – to three metres below the conductors, and removed self-set poplars and an ash. The roadside location necessitated traffic management, ...

Read More

bts staff on Bat Training Day

Apr 11, 2023

Area Manager Ross Leeks, Contract Support Administrator, Frankie Tomlinson, and Surveyors George Farn and Jim Fielding O’Farrell, all staff on bts Group's UKPN contract, completed a bat training course with Anglian Ecology in March. This course trains participants to scope for bats to the new BS8596 standard. It teaches scoping and (non-specialist) surveying in woodland; including understanding foraging, connectivity, and habitats.  What are the benefits? Having staff with this t...

Read More

Sarah Marklove joins bts board of directors

Mar 8, 2023

Utility arboriculture firm bts Group Ltd welcomed a new director in early 2023. Sarah Marklove, who has worked for the business for around a decade, accepted the position after leading one of bts's major contracts for several years. On International Women’s Day, she shares her thoughts on women in arb.  Sarah started as Infrastructure Director on 1 February 2023. Her years as Senior Contract Manager set her up perfectly for the role, as she's learnt how the business ticks on all le...

Read More

CommUNITY Christmas - bts decorates trees

Nov 18, 2022

Christmas trees in Bury St Edmunds have been decorated with children’s self-portraits drawn onto eco-friendly wood slices. The miniature masterpieces were placed in high boughs by local tree surgery firm bts Group Ltd, on behalf of Bury Developments, ahead of the 17 November Christmas Lights Event.   bts Group arborists Clive Collins and Jason Webb withstood the November rain, using a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) to safely reach the higher branches of four trees: two in t...

Read More

bts Group receives RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award

Aug 29, 2022

Utility arboriculture firm bts Group Ltd has landed an internationally-recognised award for demonstrating top-tier health and safety standards in the workplace. bts Group has received a RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award for its diligent work safeguarding staff and sub-contractors. RoSPA – The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – operates by the motto “accidents don’t have to happen”. bts Group agrees, doing everything possible to mitigate risk in a dang...

Read More

Ash dieback - the danger to professionals - PDF

May 20, 2022

Read More

Ash Dieback: the danger to professionals

May 19, 2022

Ash dieback: the danger to professionals Trees infected with ash dieback are dangerous, even to experienced arborists. Know the risks and learn how to stay safe. Ash dieback, or Chalara, is devastating one of the UK’s most common tree species. Experts say that the disease will kill 80% of the UK’s ash trees in the next 50 years. We’ve written about this subject before from an ecological angle. This time we will focus more on the risk to tree workers. The BBC recently report...

Read More

Giant hogweed: dangers, law, identification, and control

Apr 22, 2022

Giant hogweed Giant hogweed might seem harmless – it looks very similar to common native species – but it’s dangerous to the unwary. In May, eagle-eyed gardeners, horticulturalists and arborists will start noticing a familiar, sharply-serrated leaf among the spring vegetation: giant hogweed. The sprigs won’t stay small for long. Giant hogweed, a species first brought to the UK as an ornamental plant, can reach 3.5m/11.5ft in height, with flowerheads (‘umbels&rsqu...

Read More

Giant hogweed - dangers and identification - PDF

Apr 14, 2022

Read More

LiDAR in arboriculture

Apr 6, 2022

Professionals in arboriculture – from forest managers to tree surgeons to ecologists – are starting to take advantage of a developing, laser-based technology.  LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a method of measuring distance. In the context of arboriculture, you might see the technology referred to as TLS (Terrestrial Laser Scanning). It works by targeting a surface with a laser and measuring the time it takes for the reflected light to come back and hit the sensor. It ca...

Read More