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

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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 10 Sycamore trees St Mary’s Hospital Bristol

Here’s a picture of young Lukas dismantling the first of many 60-foot sycamore trees for St Mary’s Hospital in Bristol.

The project necessitated the trees being dismantled for the regeneration of the site into student accommodation.

For details of our other tree surgery work please see here

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Dismantle Lime trees, Bishops Cannings

Here’s a 60-second video of one of a pair of time trees coming down in Bishops Cannings at the beginning of November.  The trees were healthy in themselves but had grown to a height of 100 feet.  The roots were undermining the buildings which were planned for a change of use in the near future so needed to be removed.

Lime trees are one of the most iconic British trees forming lined avenues on grand houses and estates.  There is even a circle of trees planted in Pewsey, Wiltshire that are still alive and healthy today, designed so that duellers could get some privacy from onlookers when in action!

The action is all in the last few seconds!

For details of our tree surgery work please see here and for our tree surveys, here

 

Reduction of roadside willows in Marston Meysey

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.

 

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Health and Safety works to trees at Drew’s Pond, Devizes Jan 18

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.

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Copper Beech Tree Dismantle, Potterne

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.

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