FATALITY The coroner has advised of the death of a tree surgeon on 23rd November 2016 and issued a ‘Report to prevent further deaths’ under Regulation 28 of the Coroners (Investigations) Regulations 2013.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Overview: This talk will cover the measures necessary to ensure that the use of PPE is effective.
Felling of Sycamore trees in relation to Atypical Myopathy:
A statement for arborists and horse owners
Work Safe Procedure.
Overview: To enhance the safety culture within the business
Overview: This talk will cover vulnerable people we may encounter during our operations and how to deal with situations.
We operate on an open book basis and have management systems that are very conducive to continual improvement. We are happy to share information and to develop joint solutions to any issues, initiatives or opportunities that may arise.
This continual improvement is vitally important to us as a business to ensure we are able to exceed our client’s expectations on service delivery and efficiencies.
If you would like to discuss anything included in this blog or have an upcoming project, please Contact Us
Beechwood Trees and Landscapes recognise that protection and enhancement of the environment is of prime importance and that this company impacts on the rural and built environment.
The achievement of a high standard of environmental awareness throughout the company is not only essential to assist in sustaining and keeping in balance the environment and environmental resource, but also results in healthier and more acceptable conditions for work and social activity.
As part of our environmental policy we strive to run as a sustainable business and recycle through all aspects of our work.
Tree maintenance works generate large quantities of green waste such as woodchip and timber, we are happy that we are now recycling 100% of our green waste created by our tree surgery operations.
We supply currently Stobart Energy and SDL Solutions with our woodchip, they collect it from our depot in Coventry, using artic lorry loads and take it to processing plants
Climate change is the greatest single threat facing the world today, and renewable energy schemes have a crucial role to play in tackling it.
Stobart Energy have invested in large scale processing sites; Widnes, Port Clarence, Rotherham, Pollington and Tilbury, which are capable of processing and managing over 1m tonnes of waste wood per year.
The majority of our timber is collected from our depot or directly from the worksite, and again processed to make energy.
Some of our timber is converted into firewood and resold into the domestic market, see our Online Shop for more information on this.
We also supply the higher quality material for bespoke projects to furniture makers, chainsaw carvers and wood turners.
For the future¦
The company shall continuously assess its environmental performance against the measures planned on our Environmental Aspects and Impacts Register.
Reviews shall include assessing opportunities for improvement and the need for changes to the environmental management system, including the environmental policy and environmental objectives and targets.
Further success and a fantastic beginning to 2018 as we start the Walsall Housing Group, Tree Maintenance Contract.
WHG are one of the Midlands’ leading and most successful providers of high quality homes. Owning and managing more than 20,000 homes across the region, They provide affordable, good quality homes and community-based services to the local community.
The contract term will be for an initial period of 3 years, and will be extendible up to a maximum of 4 years.
Objectives of the contract are:
To provide a systematic approach to tree management on behalf of the Client.
To preserve and maintain all trees within the Clients communal and open green spaces, as well as those covered by management agreements with third parties.
To safeguard the Clients customers through the provision of regular tree assessments, as well as an effective, responsive service for ad-hoc and/ unforeseen works
To maintain an accurate database of all trees within the Clients ownership or responsibility. This database will remain the property of the Client and is undertaken every 2 years.
“Having maintained the trees on behalf of WHG over the previous term, we were delighted to have been re-awarded the contract for another potential 7 years. This great news for the business and a fantastic start for us in 2018, we look forward for more of the same as the year progresses – congratulation to all of the team involved”
Said Simon Rotheram the company Managing Director.
We take pride in building these long term relationships with our clients, this is the third contract renewal we have been awarded in the last 12 months, so a great testament to the commitment in service delivery across our tree maintenance contracts.
If you would like to discuss an upcoming project or contract, we would love to hear from you.
Call free 0800 3287988 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Beechwood Trees and Landscapes Ltd are one of the longest standing professional tree surgery companies based in Coventry. The company was Established in 1998 by Simon Rotheram, the current Managing Director.
In the early days Simon set out providing professional tree services throughout Coventry and Warwickshire as just a two man team, and his Collie dog ‘Ally’ in just a transit tipper and a couple of chainsaws.
The company now has a full fleet of custom built vehicles, machinery and plant and employs around 30 staff, both operatives and the management team.
Work at Coventry University outside the Cathedral
Over the past 20 years, a number of tree maintenance term contracts have been awarded throughout the midlands, on behalf of local authorities, housing associations, schools and universities, which provides a steady flow of work to keep everyone busy.
Commitment to health and safety has gained Beechwood a number of awards and accreditations over the years, including the first tree contractor in Coventry to achieve “Arb Approved Contractor” status, a prestigious award by the Arboricultural Association: www.trees.org.uk
Next September 2018 will be a great milestone for everyone at Beechwood, by achieving 20 years of business, a great achievement by everyone involved past and present!
Enquiries are always welcome from domestic and commercial customers, so if you have a tree issue you would like some advice on, one of our professional team will be happy to help!
Please get in touch by calling 0800 3287988 or email us email@example.com
We have a selection of different machines available to set on any clearance task, depending on the size and quantity of the trees and vegetation on the site.
Some of these can be found below:
Latest Specification AHWI RT400
AHWI forestry mulchers are un-rivalled by any other method for processing speed. They are highly mobile, so they do not need material to be bought to them. They travel through the work area shredding material in situ and need no haul roads or hard standing and will operate within a very small risk zone, so that clearance works need not affect other site operations.
CASE TR320, Serrat Mulching head
This is a small and effective machine for smaller trees and vegetation, with minimum ground disturbance and access into tighter areas.
As previously mentioned, stumps of any quantity and size can be removed using the range of machinery available.
From smaller individual stumps using our pedestrian grinders, some of which will fit through a normal front door!
To larger scale site clearance as per the video below:
Following the companies involvement over the past few years in the apprenticeship trailblazer, we have now signed up two new apprentices, the first ones under the new scheme standards.
The new apprenticeship standards were employer led, this has resulted in what we feel a training scheme that provides the trainee with the experience and qualifications that makes them an asset to any tree surgery business, large or small.
The two new trainees were signed up by Carole Webb from Pershore College, where they will also attend their week blocks.
“Pershore College Work Based Learning team welcomes Ethan & Ryan from Beechwood Trees & Landscapes Limited as they lead the way with the new Arboriculture Trailblazer apprenticeship for 2017 – good luck!”
Said Carole Webb from the College
At the end of the 2 year course, the individual should hold the following quantifications ready for end point assessment:
• Level 2 award in emergency first aid at work
• Level 2 award in safe use of brushwood chipper
• Traffic Management (NRSWA Unit 002 Signing, Lighting and Guarding) OR Sector Scheme 12D
• Level 2 award in chainsaw maintenance
• Level 2 award in crosscutting timber using a chainsaw
• Level 2 award in felling and processing trees up to 380mm
• Level 2 award in accessing a tree using a rope and harness
• Level 3 award in aerial tree rescue operations
• Level 3 award in aerial cutting of trees using free fall techniques
• Level 2 award in safe use of mobile elevated work platform
• Level 3 award in use of a chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP)
• Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.
Simon Rotheram, the Managing Director of Beechwood Trees and Landscaped commented on the apprentice scheme and the new members of staff:
“I have been involved in the trailblazer, along with the other industry employers such as Bartlett Tree Experts and Glendale from the early beginnings, it is fantastic to see everyone’s time, commitment and hard work now come to fruition and be put into practise.
We welcome the two new members to our growing arb team, and with support from our company, alongside Pershore College, we look forward to seeing these two young men progress into Master Arborists of the future!”
The company will be updating on the progress of our apprentices over the coming months, we wish them the best of luck in their new careers!
Work hard, learn lots, and stay safe!!!
Ryan and Ethan, our new trainees, alongside Carole Webb from Pershore College and Simon Rotheram the Company Managing Director.
We are pleased to welcome a new member to our growing team of arboriculturists here at Beechwood Trees and Landscapes Ltd.
Mark Taylor brings with him a wealth of knowledge, not only with our industry but also in sales and customer care, which we are sure will add another layer of success for the company.
Mark Taylor – Operations Supervisor
His career started off in sales and marketing which he was part of for over 17 years, he then gained experience in customer service for the local council.
It was then, through redundancy that I decided to do something I really wanted to do – Arboriculture!
He went to college as a mature student, After passing the course with flying colours he was then taken on by the college to teach for a period of time.
He has since been working as a contractor before joining us here to fulfil the Operations Supervisor role. This will involve him supporting our field teams, health and safety, along with taking on some of our specialist projects.
I’m an avid gamer, but In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my family, visiting National Trust locations and watching films.
Please help us to make Mark feel at home and get in touch with any projects you may have:
On behalf of Whitefriars Housing, part of the WM Housing Group, we completed the removal of a large prominent London Plane tree. Unfortunately, the tree had to be removed following a number of years of monitoring and assessment due to the damage being caused to neighboring properties.
Our team arrived on site bright and early on a lovely August morning, equipped with our purpose-built chip lorries, our Bandit 990XP high performance 12″ capacity wood chipper, plus climbing and cutting equipment.
We set out our traffic and pedestrian management, taking extra precautions around the adjacent bus stop by erecting pedestrian barriers to prevent passers by walking towards the work zone.
The team was led by one of our supervisors Matt Hirons, once he had completed the necessary H&S paperwork and all operatives had signed up to the risk assessment, he put on his climbing equipment and ascended the tree.
The branches were cut systematically and dropped individually into the work area and then prepared for chipping by Luke (aerial rescue) and his ground man Joe.
We had expected some complaints from local resident’s due to the prominent location of the tree, but fortunately other than a few queries, there were no objections to the works.
By mid-afternoon the branches had been stripped and it was just the timber and trunk to be lifted from site using our hiab lorry, then a general tidy up.
Everything went smoothly and this large tree was felled to the stump efficiently by our experienced team, within the day with minimum disturbance to residents.
‘Beechwood Trees and Landscapes carried out the works to this tree in a highly professional manner and safe manner. We were delighted in both the preparation and the way the works were handled on site. This has been a very difficult and sensitive situation to handle and I would like to thank Beechwood for the part played in bringing this to positive conclusion.’
Said Scott Fincham from WM Housing.
If you have a similar tree requiring pruning or removal then we would love to hear from you.
We would like to introduce and give a warm welcome to our new member of the management team here at Beechwood Trees and Landscapes Ltd.
Adrian Clark or ‘Ade’ joins the company after gaining over 30 years’ experience in the Fencing industry. Adrian went straight into the trade after leaving school, and soon worked his way up to lead fence installer. After many years as a lead fencer he then moved up to Contracts Supervisor before then progressing to Contracts Manager for a National fencing company, where his ‘on the tools’ experience became invaluable.
Personal info: In my spare time I play golf and pub poker and I have been lucky enough to win 2 trips to Las Vegas , all expenses paid. Just recently I won another tournament while in Vegas where the prize was another 2 weeks back in Vegas next May and entry into a World Series of Poker side event at the Rio, again in Vegas.
If you would like to discuss any upcoming fencing projects with Adrian please contact him on:
Nearly 40 years ago the AA established its Approved Contractor scheme to set the standard for tree work – an industry not regulated by government but one that cares for the largest living organisms on the planet in some of the most hostile growing environments.
The ARB Approved Contractor scheme offers a recognised benchmark for arboricultural contracting throughout the UK and Ireland and is increasingly required by Local Authorities and other large commercial organisations. ARB Approved Contractor is also of benefit in the domestic sector as a quality mark assuring the client of good quality tree care undertaken safely and efficiently.
An ARB Approved Contractor (ArbAC) is a business that has been assessed by the AA, has met and continues to uphold the AA’s Standards (both the ArbAC Standard relevant to the size of the business and the AA’s Codes of Ethics and Professional Conduct) and has paid the appropriate annual scheme management fee.
Beechwood Trees and Landscapes Ltd first gained Arb Approved Contractor in 2009, we have been audited a number of times since then, including our most recent audit with Kevin Moore in April 2017.
The Arboricultural Association’s assessment of Approved Contractors is not limited to our knowledge of trees and tree maintenance but also:
The understanding and practical application of current arboricultural practice
The compliance with legislative requirements of arboricultural contracting
The compliance with health and safety requirements of arboricultural contracting (endorsed by the CHAS scheme)
The high levels of service to clients through efficient business management.
The date of our visit was given as Wednesday 26 April, luckily we receive regular audits, both internally and externally, so we didn’t have a huge amount of preparation to do. However, as we wanted to impress the assessor we undertook a full company health check to ensure we were fully compliant. We also briefed our teams on the expectations of the day so there were no surprises.
The audit went pretty smoothly, in the morning we covered office based documentation, systems and processes, following this we visited one of our tree teams in action where Kevin got the opportunity to question our operatives. We then visited some sites to inspect some of our completed works, including crown reduction, thinning and lifting, to give Kevin the opportunity to check the quality of our work.
We were pleased to receive notification from Paul Smith, the scheme manager from the Arboricultural Association that the outcome of the day was FULL RE-APPROVAL!!