Conservation Cutting in Holt

This week our tree surgeons in Norfolk have been doing some conservation cutting in Holt….

The tree was located in Holt Norfolk and the work was to reduce this mature Oak. The tree was in slow decline and had a lot of dead wood throughout the crown this had to be removed or stabilised using conservation cutting techniques. These are called Coronet cuts and resemble natural fractures which create habitat for invertebrates etc.
Some of the dead wood with a diameter less than 40mm is retain in the crown and also log piles are stacked around the base of the tree again this all creates habitat.

The day started with the usual risks assessment and also a visual inspection from ground level to check for Bats and nesting birds both of which are protected by law Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
We look for habitat like holes or fractures within the trees, if these holes or fracture contain Bats you can see brown staining around the outside were the Bats enter and exit them, and on closer inspection you can sometimes smell the Bats.

These checks are carried out on all the mature trees that we work on and if we suspect Bats or birds we will carry out a ariel inspection before any work is started.

Once all the checks have been completed we could then start work however you still need to be very carful when cutting around the holes and fractures etc.

Tom was climbing today and the rest of the team were responsible for lowering down the pieces and stacking the brash into piles ready to chip and cutting the logwood into manageable pieces and stacking some of this under the tree and into the vehicles.

Norfolk Trees was established in 2002 by Ashley Barnes and we operate throughout Norfolk and East Anglia.

Our tree surgeons are all fully qualified for the tree work which they undertake and have many years experience in all aspects of tree care, which include dismantling, felling, crown lifting and reductions, dead wood removal, formative pruning, tree surveys to BS5837, tree hazard reports, pest and disease diagnosis, bat inspections, stump grinding or treating and tree planting.

Our fully trained staff allow clients to be confident and assured of the quality of our work and a £10,000,000 public liability insurance offers peace of mind.