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May 29, 2019

Trees, like humans, react to their environments. 

Unfortunately, we need to remove trees because of human actions that could have been prevented, for example a group of 4 Sweet Chestnut trees that needed to be remove as they had died. 

The cause of the trees death was du...

May 19, 2019

Sometimes trees just get too big for their location. 

We received a call to take a look at a large silver birch tree that my client was thinking of having removed as it had out grown its location. After some explaining and weighing up options we decided to perform a cro...

March 20, 2018

OK, it has taken me some time to take the plunge but I have now.

You can now find me on Checkatrade - the recommended, vetted and monitored trades website.

To be honest, one of the reasons I joined was just to stop everyone asking me why was I not a member.

I got a b...

March 7, 2018

It's hard to believe, what with all the snow last week, but spring really is on its way.

And that means it is time to think about getting fruity.

No, madam, not in that way!

What I meant is preparing your fruit trees so they produce as big a harvest as possible.

Most think...

March 15, 2017

Someone asked me the other day why do very old trees always look squat and careworn. 

Good question - and it tells us a lot about the life-cycle of a tree.

A species which is dependent on distribution to reproduce, such as those who produce nuts and acorns, need to...

March 1, 2017

Now that Spring is just about to spring it is very tempting to give weeping trees a bit of prune.

Tempting but wrong.

The trouble is that at this time of year the sap is just about getting going. It is moving food and energy around the whole tree. 

If you cut a branch now...

February 15, 2017

I

I tweeted about the world's oldest tree, but feel I need to add a few comments about the subject.

The record for a single example is currently held by a  bristlecone pine which is more than 5,000 years old.

This example is located in the White Mountains o...

February 7, 2017

Birch trees come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours.

Given the right conditions some species can grow to be 80 feet, but they are few and far between.

That said last week I was called to a job which involved a really chunky specimen.

It was a fine tree but, as I ha...

February 1, 2017

If you have a tree which needs a bit of tidy up, now is a good time to get the job done.

A few cuts here will not only leave a tree which is much better to look at but also does a lot of good.

The branches will still be in their winter stupor so quite a lot can be taken...

January 30, 2017

Despite what you may think, this is a busy time of year for me, but there are a few jobs which tree owners can do for themselves.

During the tail end of winter and beginning of spring, the roots start to wake up and the sap starts to rise from roots to branch tips. 

So t...

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