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Crown reductions kent & xmas staff shoot day

20th December 2013

 Another hectic week and this year is almost at an end for us now. We are working tomorrow and Monday and then we close for our annual Christmas shutdown, details of which are on the news page here. On Tuesday this week, Jay Smith made a nice job of this 25% crown reduction to a Tree of Heaven in Horton Kirby. There is a real art to achieving a balanced, symmetrical shape and it is one of the things we pride ourselves on and often leads to a lot of referral work for us.

Yesterday afternoon we all headed down to the West Kent Shooting School for our annual Christmas staff do. After coffee & sandwiches we headed out onto the course for some excellent 1-2-1 tuition with Team GB Olympic shooting coach John Offord. With everybody showing some good improvement we rounded off the day with a 50 bird competition. Ex army marksman marcus Du Preez showed his pedigree to win the event but it was closely contested with just a single clay seperating each of the top thee spots.

This morning, we were over at Dorton House school in Seal making safe the diseased Beech tree in the pictures below. One half of the upper crown had collapsed in the recent storm due to decay fungi weakening the main crown fork. The remaining half was showing signs of die back and was deemed unsafe to climb and dismantle due to the risk of collapse. With no access for a cherry picker it was decided the best option was to drop the top out in one piece and clear it up from there. The tree will probably continue to decline over coming years but at least it is safe for the time being.

The large gap in the crown is where the opposite stem had collapsed in the St Jude day storm a few weeks back. The remaining stem was compromised at the fork and overhanging a garden so it was only a matter of time before it too collapsed.

Jay posing after the top afterwards (Helmet was removed only for the picture)

Also this morning, our long awaited new Isuzu truck was finally delivered and it has been worth the wait. Once it’s been sign written in the new year, I’ll get some more pictures up but here is a quick snap.

2013 has been a very busy and successful year for us at Trojan Tree Care and 2014 promises to be even better. We are already fully booked up until early February working six days a week so we will all enjoy a good break over the festive season and return in January refreshed and ready to get the New Year off to great start with plenty of shiny new kit. Finally I woud like to say a big thank you to all our valued clients for your business this year and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and good health for 2014,

Jamie Saunders