Our tree surgeons in Hingham arrived on site Monday morning… the task was to dismantle a large mature Beech the tree of around 225 years old, a good age mature for a Beech it was located within a conservation area so we had to fill out application form six weeks prior. The tree had structural weaknesses and was also diseased, it had Meripilus giganteus (Giant polypore) quite a common fungi found on mature Beech Trees.
This was the biggest Beech tree we have worked on so far, the diameter of the trunk was about 2.5 meters at ground level which then split into three limbs each limb the size of a mature tree. We then to started a wildlife survey and filled in the risk assessment form and proceeded to set out the site, signs, hazard tape etc. Rory then started to climb and once he had reached the top of the tree installed he installed his main climbing line and a pulley block and lowering rope ready for lowering later, he then made his way down to some of the lower limbs ready to start cutting and after the ok from the ground staff proceeded to start cutting, most of the crown had to be lowered down using ropes and pulleys to avoid damage to the surrounding garden.
Once the branches were on the floor it was the job of the ground crew to cross cut them and stack them into neat heaps ready to process into chip later. The wood was cut to a manageable size and stacked into neat heaps as the customer wanted to keep this for his wood burner. The last two days where spent felling and cross cutting the trunk, when we started the felling we came across a steel rod (every tree surgeon’s worst nightmare) which the tree had grown around and probably been there for around 100yrs, the job took a us a full week to complete.
[nggallery id=1] 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