We had a call from an elderly gentleman who had frightened himself climbing up a ladder to try to change a light. Sensibley he called us and we arrived the next day to get him up to the height he needed in a safe and speedy manner. He was very pleased and left us a great google review.
We were sorry to see this one go, it had stood in Ardleigh high street for many years. The current climate situation has stressed a huge amount of older trees and forced them into decline. Lack of water has reduced them to defoliating their canopy earlier and earlier every year to reduce the amount of transpiration loss through the leaves. This has a knock on effect that then means the tree cant Photosynthesise and it then does not produce the sugars needed to fight off infection and to grow and heal. This particular tree had the double wammy of Horse Chestnut leaf minor aswell so it was fighting from every angle. We plan to plant far more drought tolerant trees for the future.
A customer called me up because he needed to paint the front of his house. A ladder wouldn’t reach and it wouldn’t of been safe. Scaffolding was too expensive so he turned to us a Dedham Vale Cherry Picker Hire.
We Turned up and set up the cherry picker safely for the customer. by the end of the day the customer was so happy because we managed to finish painting the house, fix a problem on the roof and cleared the gutters. All in one days hire.
We love our job and we love working hard but sometimes its like to toast a hard week and have a good relax. This is the full team minus one guy because of a family commitment.
We like to go to our local pubs which is either the Marlborough head or the Sun inn both of these are in Dedham.
Its also a good because the majority off our work is in Dedham, Manningtree, Eastbergholt and colchester so we often run into our customers and have a catch up.
We have embarked on a large project at Hintlesham Hall golf club.
Felling and extracting large decaying trees that are invasive to the native setting of the Hintlesham valley. The weather has been extremely testing but the guys at Dedham Vale Tree Surgery have muscled through and persevered to get the job done.
The customer was extremely happy as when we first visited the site the customer couldn’t see a solution to getting the large timber off the island and up the hill. After a bit of head scratching I sketched out a plan and sent the proposal over to the customer. He said let’s give it a go and it’s been a great success. Locally I’ve never seen it done before so maybe this is a first for a east Anglian tree company. We pride ourselves at being at the forefront of the tree industry and constantly progressing and pushing the boundaries of what we thinks possible.
Here at Dedham Vale Tree Surgery we are already starting to feel the Christmas spirit as we notice more and more of our lovely customers in Essex and Suffolk have their Christmas decorations up. If like me your Christmas shopping is not yet complete what about considering a Forestry England membership as a gift? Research shows spending time in nature, especially woodlands, improves our health and wellbeing. If you would like to know more about this please use the link below:
As usual Dedham Vale Tree Surgery will close for a couple of weeks over Christmas to give everyone a chance to have a good rest and come back revived ready for 2021. We wish all our customers a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
At Dedham Vale Tree Surgery we consider ourselves pretty lucky to be for the most part doing a job we love. Some days are always more fun than others, sometimes it isn’t so good because of tough weather conditions and sometimes it is amazing. This week we had one of the amazing days out in Weeley with a huge crane hired in for the job. Many thanks to the excellent @easterncranehire for the crane hire and well done to the team for carrying out the job so efficiently.
We have our own cherry picker which we often use but is also available to hire at Dedham Vale Cherry Picker hire, but some jobs just need the big guns!
Working with cranes
A couple of weeks ago we embarked on a large oak reduction, the customers spec was to only reduce the extending lateral branches that were impeaching onto the road and towards his property. On my site assessment I decided the best course of action was to utilise our cherry picker and complex rigging equipment. The customer was very pleased with the finished product and has booked us in for further work.
The job took place on the busy road joining Lawford, Mistley and Manningtree. With the correct traffic management the job was completed in a safe and efficient manner.
One of our teams visited Felixstowe Hospital yesterday morning after a tree had been reported as dangerous. From all indications prior to our visit, we went prepared to carry out a tree removal.
The Sycamore tree in question was at the entrance to a staff car park. Due to the amount of decayed/brittle wood throughout the dying canopy, a branch had unfortunately dropped on a car.
In addition to this, the tree was located directly beside the main road, footpath, and within striking distance of BT cables. All things taken into account, this was treated as an emergency tree removal and our team was dispatched immediately.
Risk assessment for dead & dying tree removal
One of the first things to consider when dealing with emergency tree work in Felixstowe or anywhere else is the safety of the workforce.
In this particular instance, we had to decide if the tree was safe to climb. As it was weighted towards the BT cables, felling was not an option. Even if we were able to pull it over with heavy machinery, the decayed wood still left a question mark as to the integrity of the hinge.
A MEWP could have been employed to avoid climbing altogether. However, our trained tree surgeon assessed the level of decay and the height he would need to climb and decided it was within safe parameters.
Danger to the public
Of equal importance is the creation of a safe work zone, ensuring members of the public are not exposed to any risk.
In this case, as the tree was beside a main road and overhanging a footpath, the correct placement of cones and signs was of vital importance. As was having enough manpower to effectively monitor pedestrians and traffic. In addition a man would be needed to assist the climber.
With all necessary safety precautions in place, our team were able to dismantle the hazardous tree quickly and efficiently. The job was completed within the space of a couple of hours. All waste was removed from site and transported to our yard for recycling.
We carry out emergency tree work or dead tree removal in Felixstowe, or throughout Suffolk and Essex. Contact Dedham Vale Tree Surgeons on 01206 323056 or email us for a free quote.
During the second world war, leaves from the tree were sent with letters to local soldiers on the frontline to remind them of home.
So some sad news for our team this week as Jay our 2nd climber is leaving us at the end of the month to start a new life in Sussex. We have loved working with Jay over the last couple of years and wish him every success for the future. There is therefore a vacancy for a climber so if you are interested please contact Harry on 07756 811098
There are many non-native species living in the UK. Some, like Douglas fir and Sitka spruce, are used in forestry; and others, such as copper beech and London plane, were brought here for their beauty.
Below is a link to non native trees, some of them may surprise you!
During the ice age itself, areas of the UK were completely covered by a huge ice sheet. This prevented many trees and plants from growing and many species retreated south to survive the freeze. The ice sheets that covered large areas of the planet locked up lots of water from the Earth’s system. This made sea levels much lower than today and exposed a strip of land (now submerged beneath the Channel Sea) that connected the UK to mainland Europe.
As the Earth warmed and ice began to melt and retreat (over 10,000 years ago), species began to recolonise the once frozen land from the warmer south. However, trapped water released back into the system from the melting ice caused sea levels to rise again. Gradually the rising sea flooded the land bridge from the UK to Europe and prevented any more species (unless they could fly) from colonising the UK.
At this time of year the birds are nesting in our hedgerows and in order to protect them and their young there are laws in place. Sadly there are some unscrupulous people in our industry who will ignore these laws and if you see this going on it should be reported. The RSPB recommends not cutting hedges and trees between March and August as this is the main breeding season for nesting birds.
The Japanese practice of Forest Bathing is becoming more popular in the UK as a way to de-stress. It is quite simply being calm and quiet among the trees, here are some tips to enjoy Forest Bathing:
Turn off your devices to give yourself the best chance of relaxing, being mindful and enjoying a sensory forest-based experience.
Slow down. Move through the forest slowly so you can see and feel more.
Take long breaths deep into the abdomen. Extending the exhalation of air to twice the length of the inhalation sends a message to the body that it can relax.
Stop, stand or sit, smell what’s around you, what can you smell?
As well as providing a refuge for rescued donkeys, our farms offer professional training for donkeys about to be rehomed or used in the donkey-assisted therapy centres, and training for prospective Donkey Guardians, staff, volunteers and donkey handlers.
Winter Garden at 40 Coloured stems, bark and foliage texture with winter flowers and fragrance.
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They’re collecting letters, poems and memories to celebrate trees and forests everywhere. That may be a favourite woodland walk, a fond forest memory, a tree you used to climb, or a tree with character and history that you pass each day on the way to work.
Will you take a moment to write yours? Here is the link:
Although we are blessed with some wonderful walks in Dedham and the nearby villages, and lucky again with beach walks to the east at Frinton and Walton etc I would highly recommend venturing west and trying one of the woodland walks at Arger Fen near Assington if you haven’t already. The woodland is beautiful there. Details below.
Well we are always thinking ahead at Dedham Vale Tree Surgery so we’ve started training up Max so he’ll be fit and ready to start work in 8 years’ time when he turns 16!! Max stayed with us with his family over the Christmas period and proved to be a brilliant climber. If you are interested in joining Dedham Vale Tree Surgery as a climber a bit sooner than 8 years’ time please do get in touch
Happy New Year to all our customers. We had our customary two week break over Christmas and everyone was back to work fully refreshed last week. First job back was a combo of hedge shaping (including about a 12 foot reduction in height of a long row of Leylandii) and fencing and planting of new hedgerow.
The customer had an extremely large area to fence and hedge and we advised on the cost effective but very attractive hedge of hornbeam (pictured). Hornbeam (carpinus betulus) has several advantages in addition to its good looks, in that although deciduous it holds its leaf for 9 months of the year, and it is also fast growing and a native plant. It is in fact native to the south east of England although is now found as far north as Scotland.
Furthermore its versatility is impressive in that it doesn’t mind the soil type it is planted in and is suitable for dry, wet or shady sites.
Planting of bareroot hedgerow or whips can be done until late winter so please do give us a call to discuss any hedging requirements you may have and we can chat through the various other options if hornbeam is not for you.
Dedham Vale Tree Surgery likes to support other local businesses and we use a local supplier for all our hedging.
We at Dedham Vale Tree Surgery are looking forward to 2019 let’s hope it’s as busy as 2018. Thanks to all our great supportive customers!
We look forward to getting back to work in Dedham, Colchester and all the surrounding areas!
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Dedham Vale Tree Surgery is the only company locally with such a narrow access flail. We can clear Brambles, cut hedges and flail any types of scrub with minimal access needed.
The team and I had a great weekend at the APF (association of professional foresters) event looking at all the new equipment and meeting other like minded arborists. We believe there’s always room for progress in any job and we try to stay up to date with what’s going on in our profession!
Tristan is carefully clearing the River Stour of fallen trees.
We at Dedham Vale Tree Surgery work very closely with Timberwolf. They regularly bring us new chippers to review and give them honest feedback on. Most of the time they have already nailed it. Well done Timberwolf keep up the good work. Check out our YouTube channel to see a comprehensive review of this machine.
We recently completed a job for Pmc landscapes. 2 x huge poplar reductions to minimise the oppressive overhang to the newly built houses.
After years of back breaking strain I finally decided to invest in a tool that takes all the hardship out of tree work. The guys love using it, the customers love how much money it saves them and I love how it’s progressing my business forward ahead of the competition. Technology is the way forward when it comes to safety and efficiency.
Today we have a large task, these sorts of jobs don’t come up often but when they do they are great fun. A large dead cedar had to be dismantled within one day. Surrounded by power lines and other obstacles we opted to use a 40 tonne crane. The job went incredibly smoothly and the tree went to be milled up for future generations to enjoy.
On a busy summer’s day in Dedham we had the task to remove one of Dedham most famous trees. The tree albeit only 50 years old had grown to well over 35 metres and was undermining the foundations of the vicarage. Unfortunately it had to be removed. Many a tourist stopped to watch the mighty beast come down. Another successful day at Dedham Vale Tree Surgery.
We were honoured to be asked to feature in Timberwolf’s official product release videos. They have released a new range of wood chippers to meet upcoming 2019 emissions regulations. We had great fun with the guys from Timberwolf and the film crew getting some awesome shots. Watch the videos and subscribe to our channel.