It’s feeling Festive!

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:

https://www.forestryengland.uk/membership/gift

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.

Manningtree oak reduction

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.

Cherry picker in use in Manningtree

Dedham Vale Tree Surgery Expands

After a busy 2019 it’s been an even busier start to 2020 for Dedham Vale Tree Surgery. We have now taken on an extra climber and two extra groundworkers in order to keep up with demand for our services. This is all exciting progress and has also meant investment in new plant.
Timberwolf have been an excellent support to Dedham Vale Tree Surgery as ever and we have been using one of their innovative tracked chippers for a particularly challenging job in Dedham, Essex working on a very steep incline. You usually don’t get too many steep inclines in Essex and Suffolk and for this particular job we also made use of Dedham Vale cherry picker hire in order to conduct several tree removals. Health and Safety is always paramount in a relatively dangerous profession like tree surgery, and in this particular job risk assessments were carried out regularly as there were also other professions working on site and the situation changed from day to day.
The cherry picker was another recent investment and is particularly useful in highly built up areas such as Colchester and Ipswich where we often work. We are due to reduce an extremely large oak in a very tight space imminently in Ipswich and the cherry picker will be invaluable here. It is also available to hire with a qualified operator. We invest in regular training enhancements for our team, so there are three qualified MEWP operators for the cherry picker. We ensure we are always legally and safely not only using our equipment but also conducting road management in accordance with the Highways code, which we notice many do not.
Visit Dedham Vale Cherry Picker Hire for more information.

Tree of the year!

This year’s Tree of the Year award goes to a stunning 1,000 year old oak in Liverpool. The Woodland Trust has decided that Allerton Oak in Calderstones Park will now represent the UK in a European competition. One of the other entries in the competition was a local tree, a 200 year old sycamore growing on the wall of Colchester Castle.
Allerton Oak has an interesting history and in medieval times it is believed to have been the meeting place for the local court. A large crack down its side was supposedly created by the Lottie Sleigh, a ship carrying 11 tonnes of gunpowder which exploded while moored in the Mersey nearby in 1864.

During the second world war, leaves from the tree were sent with letters to local soldiers on the frontline to remind them of home.

Jay is leaving us.

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

Dog Blog

As regular customers will know my rescue dog Shelby often comes out and about to work with me.
We always check before Shelby is permitted into a client’s garden and we understand if people do not want her to come out of the truck. However 99% of our clients are very happy to see Shelby and Shelby frequently makes new doggy friends with client’s dogs.
A quick google search will highlight the many studies that show the importance of pets as a support to mental health and a couple of our regular freelance climbers bring their dogs with them too which we are happy to support.
We often find that we have clients who adore dogs but for varying reasons are unable to have one of their own and it has been known to find Shelby on a client’s sofa being hand fed sausages watching tv with the client!
However please know that we totally appreciate that not everyone wants a dog in the garden and we always check before Shelby (or any other pooch) is released from the truck

Kielder Forest

As holidays in the UK grow more popular 1000s of people flock to traditional locations like Devon, Cornwall and Pembrokeshire. However a visit to Northumberland a couple of summers ago not only provided a welcome break from hordes of people but also enabled me to visit Kielder Water and Forest Park, which is England’s largest man made woodland at over 250 square miles. Additionally it is home to the biggest man made lake in Northern Europe so there is a lot to see and do here, best of all no mobile reception so you can really get away from the demands of life! Highly recommended even if you’re not as tree obsessed as me!

 

Apprentice turns pro!

Regular customers will have got to know our team well by now as most of them have been with us for many years and you can see their pics on the website ‘meet the team’ page.
They are all local lads and Tristan has been with us since day one and in fact trained and qualified alongside Harry at Otley College.
We are very pleased to say that Ross is imminently qualifying as a fully fledged arborist and will be joining us full time once he has done so. He has been a part time member of the team working around his college course for several years.