The Arborist. As seen through the climber’s eyes.
What price a view?
For Neil Davey, based in Poole, the beautiful vista of Poole Harbour was priceless. For Davey the view was a honeymoon gift to his new wife as they prepared for life together. But there was just one problem; Their view was obscured by a 55 year old Pine Tree.
Little matter the majestic 40ft Pine was subject of a Tree Preservation Order or that the tree was on neighboring property, Davey had different priorities. In the early hours of June 20th 2010 neighbours were awoken by a chainsaw revving, a tree splintering and a loud crash. The tree fell on a neighbouring wall, the saboteur had fled and a lengthy court case followed.
“The house shook, everything shook. It was as if something had hit the house.” — Steve Bransgrove
In court Davey and Tree Surgeon Thomas Mcguire were found guilty of the wilful destruction of a protected tree. Davey was fined £125,000 for the act, the largest fine of its nature in British judicial history. £50,000 was reserved for the estimated rise in property value. If property value was indeed a motive, Davey would be left to reflect on the false economy of this act.
The following video illustrates the role TPO’s play in the West:
Tree Presevation Orders Defined
Tree Preservation Orders are subject to the Town & Country Planning Act, 1990. TPO’s are usually filed in instances the tree is in immediate danger of being felled or damaged. This act can apply to trees, hedges and shrubs. Irrespective of your location in the UK, be that Swindon or further afield, you’ll need to contact your local planning authority to establish your rights.
Swindon, a town that is ever developing and expanding, has witnessed its own tree preservation controversies. A number of local companies have been found wanting in the eyes of the law. Ignorance is no defense, but a simple online search can be. Do your homework, lest your local tree surgeon doesn’t.
It was a year of extremes. In Wiltshire and through the west, the year began with a drought. Local reservoirs were parched, a hosepipe ban was enforced as farmers were left to count another lost season. Through the summer, the heavens opened and by Christmas there were floods. God has a wicked sense of humour.
America was hit by Hurricane Sandy. The storm devoured treetops and houses and left residents knee deep. Little matter if you live in the British west country or New Jersey. Or that while the Met Office tell us global warming is over, environmentalists prepare for the day after tomorrow. Regardless, the climate is shifting while trees somehow abide.
As the climate rages, trees stand on the front line. At once the first responders and casualties, trees provide the planet with protection from the elements. While it was lost during Sandy’s newsfeed, trees release oxygen and clean air into the atmosphere and act as windbreaks during storms.
Besides the obvious functions of aesthetics and shade, trees also stabilize soil and reduce erosion, increase soil fertility, enhance the land’s ability to store water, provide wildlife habitat, moderate air and soil temperatures, and help to reduce salinization. Trees are therefore essential in protecting our homes and communities. This may seem counterintuitive in the wake of so many large trees being snapped like twigs during Hurricane Sandy, but bare with me …
Following hurricanes and natural disasters national and social media is punctuated with the carnage of treefall. Little wonder the cries of “Oh My God” rise above a cerebral reiteration of garden design. That a blend of deciduous trees strategically positioned can actually protect your home from natures wrath and save you thousands in the process. Read Todd’s blog for more.
Fortunately, the British Isles cast on the far reaches of northern Europe, rarely experience the weather conditions visited upon the US and South East Asia in recent months. The weather report leaves little doubt, however, there is more to come. Maybe it’s time to get our gardens in order?
Tree surgery is among Britain’s most dangerous professions. While much of the developed world risks little more than a paper cut — or perhaps a mild case of RSI — from their daily grind, tree surgeon’s risk life and limb. The rap sheet of injuries sustained by tree surgeon’s are medieval in severity. It’s why the road map to become a qualified tree surgeon is extensive. Insured and assured to offer you the best service possible.
They were warnings he didn’t heed. Known among his friends and family for a lifetime of misadventures, accident prone Tom Connelly dreamed of becoming a tree surgeon. One day, after scaling 50 feet into a Horse Chesnut tree, Connelly slipped and lost control of his chainsaw. The 12 inch blade tore through his arm and neck, narrowly missing his carotid artery by just a millimeter. His life spared by a fraction as 40 stitches punctuate his skin.
Remarkably however, Tom is eager to return. His Mother, Debbie said ‘He has always been accident-prone. He broke his leg when he was one and was always in and out of A&E. He has scars under his chin and on his forehead from childhood accidents. I’m frightened about him going back to work as a tree surgeon but I know it’s a job he loves.’
And so it is with your local tree surgeon — This job is a passion. Tree surgery is a clinical art, cowboys will be exposed and dishonourably discharged. The experts will not retire unscathed either. A lifetime of service in the industry doesn’t come without its risks — But like us, they’ll do it right, or not at all.
Suited and booted, Tree Top Services are your local tree surgeon specialists. We offer hedge-trimming, tree felling, lopping and garden clearance at competitive prices — No bloodletting required. Call us on 01793 340000 for your risk free quote.