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Ash dieback - the danger to professionals - PDF

May 20, 2022

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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...

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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...

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Giant hogweed - dangers and identification - PDF

Apr 14, 2022

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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...

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Arwen aftermath

Dec 8, 2021

On 26 November, the Met Office issued a rare red weather warning for coastal areas in the northeast of the UK – from Aberdeenshire, down the east coast to the Tees estuary. The announcement came after wider-ranging amber and yellow wind warnings in the UK. Storm Arwen hit the UK on a Friday night, damaging property and infrastructure with severe gales coming in from the northeast. Gusts reached nearly 100mph in some areas, and widely exceeded 60mph. Three people died in the storms. The...

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In the Heat of the Summer

Aug 24, 2021

Paul Read’s team took on a complex task at Robins Folly, Thurleigh (near Bedford). The job: taking down two decaying ash trees and siding up a large poplar. The terrain was awkward, and scheduling happened to line up with a July heatwave. Date: 22 July 2021 Location: Address: Robins Folly, Thurleigh Area: Cambridgeshire team Client: UK Power Networks Extra equipment: 26-meter tracked MEWP 33-meter tracked MEWP Tracked high-tip pedestrian dumper 230mm ...

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Case study: Off the Wall

Aug 10, 2021

Our client called this fault on 11 March, during the daytime. A large, diseased white poplar had fallen on the LV ABC overhead conductor – the tree was leaning over a public road and a brick wall. bts (West Midlands branch) dispatched a team of arborists to the site. The team arrived, assessed the tree, and proposed a plan for work with possible wall and conductor damage in mind. The landowner, however, stated that he would not accept any wall damage. The work After further assessment ...

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Ash Dieback

Apr 13, 2021

Paul Hanson dives into one of the biggest issues affecting the arboriculture industry Ash Dieback (AD, also known as Chalara) hit headlines in 2012 as a new, aggressive tree-killing disease. That seems a long time ago. In less than a decade, AD has marched through the UK and now affects trees nationwide.   England’s southern counties show dramatic signs of the disease, and early symptoms can be seen across the UK. What’s the impact?  The likely impact of Chala...

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bts helps spruce up local Christmas tree

Nov 30, 2020

(Left: Jason Webb; Centre: Bury Developments' Austin Cornish; Right: Clive Collins) bts Group Ltd cutters, working with local building contractors Bury Developments, helped spread some festive cheer this month by hanging goodwill stars on Christmas trees in Bury St Edmunds.  bts arborists Clive Collins and Jason Webb took a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) to Angel Hill and the Bury St Edmunds marketplace, decorating the trees with stars bearing children’s memories of goodwill g...

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