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ITS Training Programme for 2018 now available

By Chris Simpson | November 23, 2017

We are pleased to present a full training programme for 2018. We hope the courses meet your needs but please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We have frozen prices for most courses and have even reduced the cost of aerial pruning and aerial rigging! Programme can viewed…

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ITS guarantee training dates!!!

By Chris Simpson | May 22, 2017

At Informed Tree Services we realise it is important that when you book a course you do so in confidence that it will run as planned.  So, unlike our competitors we will always run a course regardless of how many candidates are booked on it. Book a training place with…

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2017 Training Programme

By Chris Simpson | November 29, 2016

ITS Ltd are pleased to make available or training programme for 2017. All courses run in Central Scotland. Last year we were delighted to have ran all advertised courses as scheduled. We hope to achieve the same this year. ITS Ltd really is the option for those looking to be…

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Wildlife & Environment (Scotland) Act 2011

By Chris Simpson | April 23, 2015

The Wildlife & Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 (WANE Act) amended the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 with the aim of reducing the spread of exotic non-native species. The main issue for foresters is that it may be an offence to allow the spread of certain species into the “wild” without…

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ITS Ltd new training programme (2015)

By Chris Simpson | April 23, 2015

We are pleased to release our training programme for summer – winter 2015. Please refer to the “information” then “downloads” page for a PDF version. All courses are listed under the “training courses” pages. Kind regards, Chris.

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AA Tree Work at Height Code of Practice 2015

By Chris Simpson | February 17, 2015

The Arboricutural Association has just released a new “Industry Code of Practice for Arboriculture; Tree Work at Height” . This may be useful for tree surgeons and employers (especially) to ensure they are meeting the current requirements of the raft of related regulations that apply to tree work. Link for…

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Forestry & Fisheries Seminar 21st April 2015

By Chris Simpson | February 17, 2015

The Institute of Fisheries is holding a very interesting sounding conference on the relationships between forestry and fisheries. To be held at the Rheged Centre at Penrith form the 21st to the 23rd April 2015. Please see our downloads page for the seminar programme.

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Spring 2015 Training Programme

By Chris Simpson | December 10, 2014

ITS Ltd are pleased to issue our spring 2015 training schedule. Details can be viewed on our downloads page. Regards, Chris Simpson.

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Winter 2014 Training Programme

By Chris Simpson | July 3, 2014

ITS Ltd are pleased to publish our winter 2014 training programme. Our wide range of arboricultural courses are in great demand, so avoid disappointment and be sure book your place now. The training programme can be viewed on our “Downloads” page. Regards, Chris Simpson

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BS8545:2014 Out now

By Chris Simpson | March 7, 2014

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…

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Goodbye Blue Book!

By Chris Simpson | March 7, 2014

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…

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Free HSE Risk Assessment formats and tools for 2014

By Chris Simpson | January 9, 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.…

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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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