Coming to the end of my time working in London for Complete Tree Care, but still time for a few more interesting jobs.
This was a yew tree to fell from yesterday, causing structural and light issues it unfortunately had to come down.
Not a hugely complicated dismantle, the main issue was access, luckily we had access through a neighbours garden (a very well known resident of Richmond) so we had to make sure the garden was left immaculate, hence the boards and tarps
Quite a lot of urban tree work happens because of the proximity of the trees to buildings and structures. As a result of this we often get jobs where the spec is to 'prune away by x amount of metres' These kind of jobs are never very fun, and never really end up looking very natural as you are often only working on one side or part of the tree.
So when this one came up I assumed it was another run of the mill prune away. Until I actually saw the tree.
That's a 3 section ladder, to give you an idea of scale
The spec on this one was to reduce from the building and reduce the overhang as much as feasible.
Quite a tricky climb that required a lot of rigging, the tree was so high we had to tie two rigging ropes together to actually be able to lower the branches to the ground!
Another tricky dismantle completed for CTC last week
A full crown and large split to ground level from the main union certainly gave pause to thought. Coupled with the fact that there was no access for a cherry picker and a long drag and we were in for an interesting few days.
Not how I'd normally go about a dismantle but it was important to keep the weight of the tree balanced, hence why the brash was stripped off first followed by the major limb wood, working one side then the other in sequence. I had secured the split with a couple of 10 ton ratchet straps to give me some extra confidence and as the weight came off I was able to tighten these up and could see the spit closing.
You can see how far the split went
All the timber had to be lifted over a 5ft high fence so it was ringed up then split into manageable lumps