Conservation Contractors at work in the Churchyard at Ludgershall

A busy couple of days dismantling a 20m high split horse chestnut tree at St James Church in Ludgershall.

We were contacted by the Church to inspect the tree following the loss of a large limb during recent windy weather.  On inspection, the tree was found to be in an unsafe condition as it was agreed to remove it completely and grind out the stump.

Some of the timber was retained by the village to construct a Hibernaculum close by, and larger pieces were used by villagers for tabletops!

Thanks to Rev Tim for this time-lapse video; also starring Iggy and Gerri the sheep in the foreground.
“Thank you to the brilliant tree surgeons who came and safely took down our damaged Horse Chestnut in our churchyard!”

Tree take-down in Corsham– with just a tad more of a challenge than usual!

Catching up on some storm-damaged trees – only the tricky ones left;  this multi-stem ash presented an initial challenge in a private rear garden.
Can’t climb
can’t fell
no access!

So then, we had to fell at ground level very carefully.

Should the owners have had a survey done?  Yes, most definitely. But it was in a private rear garden and this just didn’t happen…

18th Feb 2020

Tree take down in Corsham Tree take down in Corsham

Dismantling a fallen willow tree across a remote footbridge near Chippenham

Oh Dear…. Today’s tricky one all done safely by Antony, Jamie, Garry and Len.

Here was a fallen willow tree across a remote footbridge over a watercourse.  We dismantled the tree by climbing with rope and harness.  There was no way of getting anything else to the site as it was across several wet fields.  04 Feb 2020


Reducing 10 Cedar trees at Roundway Park, Devizes

Our new blue 26’ MEWP is coming in handy and making work safer and quicker.

Our task here was to remove dead wood and reduce 10 TPO protected Cedar trees each approx. 120 ft high in part of the old parkland at Roundway House.

Cedars are often seen planted in the grounds of old large houses, coming from a hotter drier climate they can be destroyed by snow which can sit on the branches and cause them to break.

Reducing 10 Cedar trees at Roundway Park, DevizesReducing 10 Cedar trees at Roundway Park, Devizes

Removal of 40×100’ Ash Trees, Cholderton

This was the start of a 2-week stint on the A338 at Cholderton for WCC Highways.  Our task was to remove and cut back 40 ash trees which had grown to 100 feet and which were all dying with Ash Dieback.  Because of this disease, the trees were dangerous and had to be removed.

Here’s a link to the Woodland Trust’s page on Ash Dieback.

Removal of 40x100’ Ash Trees, Cholderton Removal of 40x100’ Ash Trees, Cholderton

Crown lifting of 30 Beech trees on the A338 Bodenham Bypass

Our work here was to undertake crown lifting of 30 beech trees in the central reservation of the A338 Bodenham Bypass dual carriageway between Salisbury and Downton.

We crown lifted to 3m over the central reservation and 5m over the carriageway. They weren’t particularly big trees but were impacting on visibility along the duel carriageway; thus the work needed full traffic management and crash protection. We needed a large team of 5 to get all the works completed in a day

Crown lifting or crown raising can be defined as the removal of the lowest branches and/or preparing of lower branches for future removal.  Again, an effective method of increasing light transmission to areas closer to the tree.  Have you spotted our tree work definitions on the website?  Check them out here.