Fencing in a restricted footpath to the rear of Marlborough College for landowner
A few more pics of the roadside tree works in the north of the county We’ve been cutting back the roadside willows in Marston Meysey – clearing the willow trees that have become too large and are hanging onto the roadway
Marston Meysey is 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Cricklade on the county boundary with Gloucestershire.
Following recent call-outs due to high winds, we were back to work at Drew’s Pond – just south of Devizes – for health and safety works to the trees near and overhanging footpaths.
Drew’s Pond is a small community broadleaved coppiced managed woodland with plenty of paths and good bird and butterfly habitats.
December 2017 before Christmas:
Coming on apace with the new equestrian project in Chippenham. The stables and horse walker are going in this week, together with 400 m of native hedge for screening and 300 m of mains power trenched and connected.
Native hedges are quite simply hedges that have developed in an area naturally over thousands of years and continues to thrive, There are many extremely popular hedges that are native to us here in the UK such as box, beech and hornbeam, as well as alder buckthorn, hazel, guilder rose, spindle, dogwood, holly, dog rose, wild privet, Hawthorn. Native hedges are also beneficial to the local eco systems, acting as the perfect shelter for local wildlife. Yew is poisonous for horses so would not be used in this instance.
Today we undertook a roadside dismantle of unbalanced and dangerous sycamore trees on the main road into Devizes – so all hands on deck. The owner was concerned about the trees falling onto the highway. The three trees were 80ft tall but sitting on top of a 40ft bank so 120ft over the road surface below.
We had to dismantle this veteran beech tree in December, following a survey using a Picus test…
The tree, Fagus sylvatica purperea, had a diameter 2150mm, an 8m circumference and was 18m tall
We used Picus Sonic Tomograph technology; this is a specialised electronic instrument which can ‘look’ internally into a branch or tree trunk and display a computer-generated image of its condition. It achieves this by measuring the speed that sound travels through the wood in a number of different positions and directions. Sound travels fastest through solid wood. Decayed wood will slow its path. By measuring the speed that sound takes to pass through a tree, an idea of its condition can be obtained. In this case, the Tomograph showed a central cavity surrounded by advanced and early decay and the report’s conclusion was to fell the tree as soon as practically possible, and for the work to be carried out by a fully-qualified and insured tree surgeon to BS3998 (tree work) which of course we are!
You’ll see from the pictures below that there is very little viable timber at the base. What there was, was cut up for the client’s use.
For more information about our tree surveys, please see here: https://www.conservation-contractors.co.uk/services/tree-surveys/ or if you are concerned about one of your trees and think a Picus test would be sensible, please email William.
Today’s mission was to erect a Faraday cage for one of our utility company clients…..
We were erecting security fencing around a large transformer for Wessex Water; but given the nature of the transformer and metal security fence, it then becomes a Faraday cage, so the electricians have to earth the fence.