Posts by Chris Simpson

BS8545:2014 Out now

Keith Sacre’s BS8545: 2014 Trees: From Nursery to Independence in the Landscape – Recommendations is now available from BSI. Am sure  it will be a very informative and useful document but it is a shame that when new standards come out they cost so much. BS8545 costs £218. If feeling flush visit: http://shop.bsigroup.com/en/ProductDetail/?pid=000000000030219672&utm_source=PM-STAN-LAU-BUIL-BS8545-BUY-1403&utm_medium=et_mail&utm_content=3715147&utm_campaign=Construction%20e-shots%202014&utm_term=Buy+BS+8545+now Regards, Chris.

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Goodbye Blue Book!

If working in England it is worth noting that “Tree Preservation Orders –  A guide to the law and good practice” (often known as the “Blue Book”) has been withdrawn. It has been replaced with online “Planning Practice Guidance”. The entire National Planning Policy Framework is covered. But TPOs and Conservation Areas are covered on…

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Free HSE Risk Assessment formats and tools for 2014

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has developed risk assessment templates. While these are aimed at “low risk” occupations the format may prove to be a good starting point for arborists who are looking to get started on having the correct paperwork in place. Visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/assessment.htm?ebul=gd-treework&cr=06/dec-13 and see what you think. Regards Chris.

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Tree inspection training – October 2013

ITS Ltd are delighted to confirm that we are running confirmed inspection courses during October; at Daldowie near Glasgow. There are a few places left that are now offered at a discounted rate: Professional Tree Inspection – 14th – 16th October – normally £275, now only £225. Basic Tree Survey – 17th October – normally…

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New “Assisted Felling” course

ITS Ltd are delighted to be the first in Scotland to bring you the new NPTC 303 unit “Carry out assisted fell operations”. We have scheduled a number of these courses at a special introductory price of only £245/candidate. Dates are: 25th November 2013 26th November 2013 27th January 2014 28th January 2014 8th May…

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ITS Ltd 2014 training programme

ITS are pleased to bring you our scheduled training programme up to June 2014. For details visit our “downloads” page, training page or click on the link below: ITS Ltd 2014 Training Programme Regards, Chris

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Latest TPO legislation guidance for England

With the recent withdrawal of the “Blue Book” in mind, current guidance (on the application of TPOs and Conservation Areas) in England and Wales can now be viewed at: http://planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk/blog/guidance/tree-preservation-orders/what-is-a-tree-preservation-order/” Regards, Chris.

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Help for heroes: Climb-a-mile event 10th August 2013

The Scottish Branch of the Arb Association have a “Climb-a-mile” event scheduled for Saturday the 10th August 2013 at The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. This event brings volunteer climbers together to climb one mile and raise funds for the “Help for Heroes charity. The last event raised £2000 and this year the AASB hope to…

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The developer needing a BS5837 Survey:

"Informed Tree Services provided an expert service which was quick, helpful and good value for money. The tree survey and reports produced enabled me to effectively manage my development and protect valued trees, ensuring my planning application gained approval from the forestry officer. I will definitely be using Informed Tree Service again for my next project." Iain Mackey

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The large landowner/manager requiring tree safety inspections:

"Chris Simpson tendered for a 3 year contract for tree inspections within Tay Forest District in 2012. His submission was very professional and extremely competitive, which ensured that he got the work. From the very start Chris approached this with a refreshingly professional attitude, making sure that he fully understood all of the clients’ needs, whilst also suggesting ways in which the data could better be recorded and submitted. " Hamish Murray

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The concerned private tree owner:

"I commissioned a complete survey of all the trees in the garden. Chris spent a morning , carefully mapping and assessing all the 8 listed & tagged trees before preparing a major report, to be submitted to the East Lothian Council for permission to fell or trim back as necessary, in order to meet my duty of care. He completed a full Visual Tree Assessment from ground level, then a Picus Tomograph of the badly damaged old beech, in order to gauge its health and prospects. The resulting Report also indicated all the remedial work required." Fiona E.Tennick

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