Conservation tree work

Today our tree surgeons are carrying out some conservation tree work on a dead Ash tree in Dereham… The tree is situated on a piece of land called Potters Fen, which is managed by Breckland council to support wildlife.


The site has an abundance of wildlife so on this occasion we decided to leave the tree trunk standing as a conservation monolith, we will also leave a pile of cord wood stacked under the tree, both of which will create habitat for saproxylic invertebrates and Amphibians.


So after filling in a written risk assessment,  wildlife survey, putting out the signs, hazard tape  to make a safe working environment both for us and the general public Rory one of are tree surgeons started to proceed in the MEWP (mobile elevated work platform).


We decided to use a MEWP on this occasion because of the location of the tree over a stream and because of the condition of the tree.


Fred and Chris is on the ground in charge of keeping the site tidy and free from trip hazards, this included cross cutting the branches and wood and stacking them into neat heaps ready to process into chip later. The reason for chipping the branches later is because it causes a brake down in communication between the climber and the ground staff.


Once we started work we started to notice that Bees were coming  from a hole out of the trunk, Honey Bees are protected by law so we carefully carried on so we didn’t disturb them and the Bees went about the normal routine and did not bother us. This is another good reason for leaving tree trunks standing.

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 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.

All work is carried out to BS3998 2010. In addition to domestic work we undertake commercial work for Local Authorities, Parish Councils and contract to the Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, Breckland Council and Serco, South Norfolk Council, Broadland Council, NCC Highways, KierMG and Anglian Water along with numerous other clients. We are also approved by the Arboricultural Association and Norfolk County Council and are CHAS Accredited Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme