So you’ve had a section 154 notice…

Section 154 of the Highways Act 1980 (‘the Act’) gives the highway authority powers to require the removal or cutting back of trees, shrubs and hedges that obstruct or endanger highway users. As you can see in the example below the conifers on the right were obstructing the speed limit sign and the footpath at ... Read more

Road side pruning for a school

We recently completed a three-day project aimed at enhancing footpath safety outside a school in South Tyneside, by pruning and removing trees. Given short notice, we promptly assembled a quotation to trim back overhanging branches from a cluster of trees adjacent to a footpath and highway. Our goal was to minimize disruption, especially as the ... Read more

Wind damaged tree in Hartlepool

We were asked by one of our commercial clients to attend a sixth form college in Hartlepool following some high winds. There’d been a report of a large fracture at the base of the tree. On arrival our Professional Tree Inspector, Simon, found the two main stems had began to part at a bark included ... Read more

WHAT IS sonic tomography?

Tomography is the imaging of sections of a subject using a tomograph. The result is a tomogram, an image showing a cross-sectional view, a slice. In arboriculture, a tomogram shows a slice through a tree’s stem and roots, and when this slice is mapped using ultrasound it is called a sonic tomogram. Here you can ... Read more

Dodgy trees near roads and footpaths

Trees overhanging, and posing a risk to roads and footpaths are covered by Highways Act 1980, Section 154. This time we’re looking at section 2. What’s addressed? This piece of legislation deals with hedges, trees and shrubs (‘vegetation’) which risk falling onto a publicly accessible highway, road or footpath. The legislation addresses risk of harm from dead, diseased, ... Read more

WHAT IS statue law & legislation?

Here is a very brief arborists overview of statue law and legislation in the UK. Hopefully this will help out a few Level 2, 3 or 4 Arboriculture students. In the United Kingdom legislation can be divided into two groups; primary legislation and secondary legislation. An Act of Parliament (also called a statute) is first ... Read more

WHAT IS a MEWP!?

Aerial tree work can be undertaken using a variety of skills and equipment. In this post we'll focus on the Mobile Elevated Working Platform, or MEWP.

Boundary pruning at an industrial unit

We were asked by a local printing firm to find a cost effective means of managing vegetation growing over the boundary fence, making contact with the building, and dropping lots of leaves in their guttering. With good planning our our competent and qualified arborists were able to tackle the entire 130m of vegetation in one ... Read more