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7th December 2013

The last few weeks have been so busy for us that I didn’t find time to post last week. The storm clearance work not only caused a backlog in our schedule but also seems to have spurred people into getting on with tree work they had been putting off or at least asking us to come and just check the safety of their trees. As responsible tree owners, this is a prudent move as we do not charge for the service and with trees the old adage holds that ‘a stitch in time saves nine’.

If you are at all concerned about the safety of your trees with the continuing stormy weather, do get in touch as we are always happy to help. Even if your tree is perfectly healthy, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that for sure and we will have made a contact in yourself who will hopefully give us a call in the future as and when work is needed.

A few weeks back, we were at St Josephs Catholic Primary School in Bromley who are a long standing client of ours. In the storm, A Weeping Willow had collapsed leaving just a 20ft stem and a large lateral limb which needed removing in order to pollard the tree for regeneration. We had initially just made the tree safe in the first few days after the storm but were now back to remove the large limb and clear the mountain of debris.

The weather was atrocious with freezing winds, rain and hail showers and the only access to the site was through a major building site which had turned into a quagmire. To cap it all off, the Cherry picker we had hired got stuck in the mud and everybody just got caked from head to toe trudging through it. Jay did a great job of keeping spirits up and they all knew that with jobs like this, the only way is to suck it up, smile and keep going! This week it was a nice touch to receive payment along with this thank you note in recognition of the men’s sterling efforts.

 

On Thursday I finally finished the latest Swanley Town Council Tree safety survey which I have been working on over the past few weeks. They employ us to do this every three years and from it we draw up a management plan allowing them to proactively manage their trees and avoid nasty surprises in bad weather.

Yesterday we collected our new 4x4, a Mitsubishi L200 Warrior. There is always something exciting about collecting a new vehicle and it’s a job I usually find time to do personally as a little treat to myself. This time however, with so much work on in the run up to Christmas, I was on site (With a migraine!) and was forced to delegate the job to my wife Tara : (

I’m having some new livery designed at the moment which will go on in the next few weeks.
I do hope it snows this year.

Jamie Saunders

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