I have enjoyed a varied and rewarding 41 years as a woodsman, forester, tree surgeon with the last 25 years spent in public service with three local authorities including the South Downs National Park. I have proven expertise in all tree, woodland and hedgerow matters.
Trees give us many benefits and the overall risk from trees and branches falling is extremely low. Of course, you have a duty of care to be reasonable, proportionate, and reasonably practicable when managing the risk, but with this system you can manage the risk to an Acceptable or Tolerable level. VALID is a simple, defendable and highly cost effective strategy for managing the incredibly small risks posed by trees in a reasonable, proportionate, and practicable way. If you are concerned about how safe your trees are, or you worry about the overall risk from trees, give us a call and I can quantify the risk, and where unacceptable risks are found I can then specify what is required to bring those risks to an Acceptable or Tolerable level.
Trees, woodlands and hedgerows 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.
We are all concerned about our environment and the loss vulnerable wildlife means we all need to limit our individual and collective impact and limiting pesticide use is one important step we can take.
We will not routinely endorse or specify pesticide use (herbicides, fungicides and insecticides) unless there are overwhelming and justifiable reasons for doing so.
Whatever the case, we'll discuss with you the options available but with emphasis on avoiding use of pesticides wherever possible and seeking alternative methods of control.
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