Daniel has spent a varied and rewarding 41 years working with trees, woodlands and hedgerows. He considers himself fortunate to have been mentored early on by a traditional and knowledgeable forester, and later became an accomplished tree surgeon before spending 3 years at college, where he acquired National Diploma in Arboriculture, and National Certificate in Horticulture (Arb option) with awards. The last 25 years was dedicated to public service providing a professional and technically demanding arboricultural service to three local governments before redundancy in 2021.
Areas of expertise
We have a duty of care to manage the risk from our trees. That duty also says we should be reasonable, proportionate, and reasonably practicable when managing the risk. We can help you manage your risk is a highly cost effective way.
Every 5 years, we’ll carry out an Active Assessment for you but given the overall extremely low level of risk from trees, you and your staff will be involved by undertaking a 'Passive Assessment' every time you pass by your trees. You'll need an expert to carry out an Active Assessment, but you do not need to be an expert to carry out a Passive Assessment (subject to rudimentary training of course). If any issues/problems are found we can then be called in to undertake an expert 'Detailed Assessment'.
We'll assess your trees more frequently if a 'Detailed Assessment ' has recommended it, or if there is an outbreak of a disease, or a general decline in vitality, severe weather events, or if you intend to hold an event near your trees.
Trees provide habitats for birds, bats, insects and a range of other flora and fauna.
For example, one Oak tree can provide a habitat and food for hundreds of species of insects, 30 types of bird and over 300 species of lichen. Even dead wood can provide many benefits.
When drawing up a management plan, risk assessment or recommendations for works to trees, or woodland operations etc, we will always consider the potential impact on wildlife and seek ways to mitigate this impact where ever possible.
Rising concerns about our environment and the loss vulnerable wildlife means we all need to limit our individual and collective impact and limiting pesticide use is an important step .
We will not endorse or specify pesticide use (herbicides, fungicides and insecticides) unless there are overwhelming reasons for doing so.
Overwhelming reasons might include the use of translocated herbicide to control of tree stump regrowth in situations where, for example, the tree is responsible for damage to fragile building structures and has had to be felled. Likewise, there may be occasions where we need to stop the spread of invasive non-native trees that threaten sensitive habitats.
Likewise, insecticides will only ever be used in certain circumstances and where no other viable alternatives exists. Examples might include dealing with invasive caterpillars such as the Brown Tail Moth, or the Oak Processionary Moth, which have serious human health implications.
Whatever the case, we'll discuss with you a range of options but with emphasis on avoiding use of pesticides.
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