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28th September 2013

Well the dead Oak tree removal at Swanley ASDA on Sunday night went light clockwork. Myself and Alfie did the job and we were leaving site just three and a half hours after arriving, having removed the tree, ground out the stump and thoroughly cleared up. The main contractor whom we were working under was so impressed with our service that he has offered more work at the same site as well as offering to pass on our details to his contacts in the supermaket world, which is a hard market to break into.

Alfie then went on to pass his CS39 practical assessment on Tuesday this week, so well done to him. At various times on Tuesday and Wednesday, we each also took a few hours off to go and sit our CSCS exams in Rochester. The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) as the name suggests, is predominantly for the construction industry and is a series of exams ranging from a basic operative level, which we take, to those for more specialist construction trades.We regularly carry out work for developers and in order to work on their sites, each operative has to have passed at least the basic exam to demonstrate a basic level of construction site safety awareness.

In terms of our work this week, the early part was spent with both Jay and Jacks teams at a private garden in Blackfen. We had been recommended to the new owner, Ms Crawford who had inherited a hugely overgrown rear garden. As well as a load of pyracantha and Pampas grass, we removed and ground out the stumps of a mature Silver Birch, a Plum tree, a huge Eucalyptus with a trunk almost 4ft in diameter and a 60ft Leylandii. All this from an area of the garden just 40x15ft!

Thursday we were reducing the crowns of 3x large Oak trees at St Johns Catholic Primary School in Petts Wood. Again we had been recommended to the school and in this case, the trees were causing a number of problems for some adjacent residential properties including potential subsidence issues due to the highly shrinkable clay soil so common in the Bromley area.

Today (Friday) while one team are finishing off at St John’s the others are carrying out some tree surgery near West Malling for a repeat client of ours. I have taken the day off and am actually writing this in Fort William, Scotland having travelled up last night on the sleeper train with my eldest daughter. We're here for the weekend to hike up Ben Nevis, which we'll do tomorrow before travelling back on Sunday. We have a few provisions to get today before resting up and with the weather looking good, we’re hoping for some great views tomorow.

Jamie Saunders