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5th October 2013

Last weekend I had a great time in Scotland with my six year old daughter. We hiked up Ben Nevis which at 4409 feet is equivalent to four and a half Eiffel towers. It took us seven and a half hours to make the 10 mile round trip up and down again. That is a lot of walking for little legs and I am very proud of her for achieving this un-aided at such a young age.

Clear views from the top of Ben Nevis are a rare treat. The Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye 55 miles away are visible in the distance.

Back at work, Jay Smith left this week for a fortnight’s holiday so I have been ‘on the tools’ more than usual, covering him. Mostly it was domestic tree surgery in South Darenth, Chislehurst, Joydens Wood, Meopham, Swanley, Bexley, Beckenham and Erith.
On Monday, Jay and Marcus were in Chislehurst for the Perry’s reducing the height of three large conifer hedges around their pool area. Below the hedges were delicate Palm trees, stone urns and statues too large to be moved as well as the pool itself. This made it slightly tricky but using tarpaulins, sheets of ply wood and a great deal of care they ensured nothing was damaged and the whole area was left immaculately clean afterwards. It is this care and attention to the overall service which sets us apart from the many company’s out there providing a very average service for an average price where a bit of damage here and some mess left there is considered ‘par for the course’.

Mr & Mrs Perry were so delighted with our service they have already re-booked us for a further day’s work in a few weeks’ time, specifically requesting Jay & Marcus again.
They also sent me a nice text message some of which is copied below:

“Hi it’s Mrs Perry, ######## road. Would like to say how pleased we are with the tree work and hedging. Your men were excellent. ….”

On Thursday and Friday I took a team to pollard a mature London Plane tree in Bexley. Over recent years the tree, which was protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) had started to die back on one side, shedding some large limbs into neighbouring gardens in the process. When I first looked at the job back in July it didn’t take much rummaging in the ivy around the base to discover the cause, a type of wood decay fungi which had caused a large cavity to develop.
In order to safely manage the trees inevitable continued decline without simply removing it prematurely, I recommended the tree be pollarded. If you have never heard that term before it basically means removing all of the trees branches, leaving just the main stem(s) to regenerate at a much smaller and more manageable size.

The local Authority tree officer, Les Jones was happy with our application and permission was duly granted. Almost the entire tree had to be lowered, piece by piece on ropes to avoid damaging the many sheds, fences and gazebo’s in the four separate gardens below its broad spreading crown.
Below are some pictures of the job. They were taken on various smart phones and only when opportunity arose so apologies for the quality!

Jamie Saunders