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2013 Training Programme

By Chris Simpson | January 2, 2013

The ITS Ltd training programme, from January to June 2013, is now available. This new programme consists, mainly, of the new NPTC units. Changes to NPTC assessments are summarised below: NPTC UNITS 2013 – A COMPARISON of commonly attended courses/assessments  Pre 2013 unit number Pre 2013 unit title 2013 unit number…

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Chalara fraxinea Life Cycle & Symptoms Video

By Chris Simpson | November 16, 2012

The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) have released a very useful video that explains the symptoms that tree surgeons tree managers and tree owners should be keeping an eye out for. Essential viewing, just visit the link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1GpufLkBto&feature=plcp

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All change for arboricultural training in 2013

By Chris Simpson | October 31, 2012

Both Lantra and City & Guilds/Landbased Services have competely revised their chainsaw related suite of qualifications. Out goes the old CS reference numbers (CS30, 31, 38 etc). But don’t fear, if you still have units to undertake and have startd on the old suite of units, you will still be…

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Chalara fraxinea “Ash Dieback” update

By Chris Simpson | October 31, 2012

For the latest FC update on this worrying disease of Ash please refer to our “downloads” page.

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Chalara die-back of Ash found in Scotland

By Chris Simpson | August 21, 2012

The Forestry Commission Scotland have released the following disease alert. It relates to Chalara fraxinea – a potentially very serious risk to our Fraxinus excelsior (Common Ash) population.: Alert issued as ash tree disease found in Scotland  Forestry Commission Scotland is urging woodland managers throughout Scotland to be vigilant for signs…

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HSE RIDDOR Consultation

By Chris Simpson | August 2, 2012

The HSE is consulting on proposals to simplify and clarify the reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences. This is as recommended in the October 2010 Government Report, “Common Sense, Common Safety” and by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his 2011 report ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review…

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Discounted tree climbing course 13th August

By Chris Simpson | August 2, 2012

One place is available on a CS38 course on 13th August 2012, for just £600 including VAT. Please refer to our special offers page for full details.

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Arboricultural Association BS5837-2012 seminar

By Chris Simpson | June 19, 2012

As I am sure you will probably already know; there is a new BS5837 “Trees in relation to demolition, design and construction – Recommendations” document. The AA have (after being lobbied by the scottish committee) scheduled an awareness seminar at Perth. To run on Wednesday the 18th July at the…

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New RIDDOR guidance document

By Chris Simpson | May 30, 2012

HSE have produced guidance clarifying changes in the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. The way that accidents should be reported (on-line) has changed and the criteria for what constitutes a notifiable occurrence has changed (7 days missing work rather than 3). The PDF may be download or…

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FERA Phytophthora Advisory Film

By Chris Simpson | May 26, 2012

FERA have released a very informative short film regarding the control of Phytophthora species. Follow this link to view: http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/plantHealth/pestsDiseases/phytophthora/video.cfm

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Phytophthora ramorum (on Larch) lastest

By Chris Simpson | May 22, 2012

Reproduced below is the Forestry Commission Scotland’s lastest update on P. ramorum on Larch. 22 MAY 2012                                             NEWS RELEASE No: 15472 Landowners urged to help in fight against tree killer Landowners and woodland managers in the west of Scotland are being urged to keep…

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ITS presentation to Scottish Tree Officers Group

By Chris Simpson | May 10, 2012

Chris Simpson of ITS Ltd was delighted to be asked to discuss the new BS5837 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations with the Scottish Tree Officers Group (STOG) on the 11th May 2012. A PDF of the slideshow can be viewed at the “Downloads” page.

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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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