Tree surgery in Petts Wood, Waterproofs and new logburner
17th September 2013
Being Tuesday now, this post about last week is slightly late (I aim to post them on a Friday) so apologies if anyone has started to read our blog regularly.
The recent rain has provided a good test for our new winter wet weather jackets I picked up last week. I decided to invest in something more than the standard industry jackets this year because in the past I found that although robust they were often starting to leak by Christmas time.
I went for the Mountain Equipment Morpheus jacket from Cotswold Outdoor, which is a top of the range mountaineering jacket guaranteed for 200 hard days on the mountain.
At £240 each they are not cheap so only time will tell if the investment was worth it but early signs are good. They have full gore-tex waterproofing, excellent breathability and importantly the durability to hopefully last not only this but future winters too.
They also look pretty cool!
Last week we were busy with mostly private domestic work including a large spruce tree removal in Petts Wood, some pruning and general tree surgery in Paddock Wood and some stump grinding in Bromley.
We also carried out some charitable work in conjunction with the Darenth valley Lions whom we have worked with before. This time we were at a home in Longfield run by HFT/Self Unlimited which is a charity helping adults with learning disabilities to live semi –independent lives. The residents wanted to grow their own vegetables but the home did not have the budget for it so our work involved the clearance of overgrown woody shrubbery to facilitate the installation of some raised beds by the Lions.
On Wednesday I was out again surveying the trees around the Leeds Castle estate near Maidstone. We have been providing tree surgery to the owners for almost three years now, carrying out work from a previous tree safety audit. This year we were asked to re-survey the trees and although it’s a big task it’s also very enjoyable when the weather is good as the countryside around there is so pretty.
On Friday, our maintenance man Mike and I installed the chimney on the new wood burner in our lock up which the guys are very pleased about. In the winter it can get bitterly cold in there and no amount of electric heaters will so much as touch it! This is a perfect solution to a number of problems for us.
The 12 Kw woodburner will burn permanently throughout the winter with our endless supply of material for it. Not only will it keep the place toasty warm but also help dry out wet gear overnight on the drying rack we’re installing this week. It will even dispose of our ‘rakings’ which are the small twigs and leaves that are often too dirty or stone filled to go through the chipper.
The log store is admittedly looking rather scanty here for a tree surgery firm!
Finally, another thank you note from a satisfied customer in Orpington.
“Your team(s) were polite, efficient and willing to explain clearly their actions and/or explain any potential options and discuss any queries (Very few). Our neighbour was delighted with the end result! Well done to all concerned, thank you!