Beech tree take down – when you put your man cave under a tree that is past its best…

Just outside Blandford in Dorset, the building crushed was a converted shepherd’s hut.  The tree was a very large beech which had looked unhealthy last year.

The poor access due to the weather conditions presented us with certain challenges. Although we had a lot of large timber to move, this was made easier with the timber crane, aka the Valtra tractor with the crane/grab on the roof.  The timber stayed locally for firewood.  All in a day’s work…

Here’s a link to the info about the Valtra.

6th Feb 2020

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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. 

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Justin showing a large beech tree near Bath who is boss

We spent a week dismantling decaying beech trees in Bath. They were leaning over a footpath and, having recently been surveyed, there was no choice but to dismantle and remove them and plant replacements. The timber will be used for firewood. We needed a team of 2 climbers, a groundsman with tractor and a 30-ton winch on the last day to fell the stems.
But, as you’ll see from the last three pictures below, the weather wasn’t always kind to us during the week!
Dismantling a group of decaying beech trees in Bath

Dismantling a group of decaying beech trees in Bath

Dismantling a group of decaying beech trees in Bath

Dismantling a group of decaying beech trees in Bath

Dismantling a group of decaying beech trees in Bath

Dismantling a group of decaying beech trees in Bath

Dismantle failing beech tree in Calne August 2017

A fine grey and damp August day for the start of a dismantle of failing beech tree in Calne…

And now with all the timber loaded with our telehandler on to local fire merchants trailer for processing

This job was also used as the site for our Arb Association interim assessment which we passed !

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Picus technology

We returned to Manton to check the health of an ailing beech tree using PICUS technology.

The PICUS Sonic Tomograph is used for non-invasive tree risk assessments in order to measure the thickness of the residual wall of trees with internal defects such as cavities or decay.  See more information here.

We were concerned with the tree because of the large fungi brackets on one side.  And what the assessment showed was that the tree was rotten in the middle and sadly had to be removed for safety reasons.  It’s like giving the tree an MRI scan. Amazing bit of kit.

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