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Forest Hill Emergency

When a tree is hanging over the road there’s no time to lose.

This was the situation in Forest Hill following the aftermath of Storm Imogen.

When Stuart Wells of Connick Tree Care arrived on the scene at 6pm on Tuesday 9th February it was already dark. He immediately contacted the local police station asking them to close the road.

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Custom built frame supports leaning tree

“Is it possible to save our favourite tree?”

This was Mr Patterson’s request when he contacted us.  After many years this beautiful oak tree, which had provided many hours of fun as a children’s swing, started to move and lean dangerously low over a small stream.

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Add mulch to your trees

In 1989 Kew took the decision to stop using peat compost to acknowledge the damage and destruction that is being caused to 94% of the UK's peat bogs.

The alternative is mulch, which they make themselves at Kew and Wakehurst.

It's not just Kew that has seen significant health benefits and growth to the trees where mulch has been used. This is a general practice now of arboriculture specialists. And it's a simple practice that you can adopt too.

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70 ft Elm tree falls on flats in Hove

Thankfully no one was hurt when a 70ft Elm tree fell on a five storey block of flats in Hove, East Sussex.

Brighton and Hove City Council contacted Connick Tree Care, as their term arboricultural contractor, who they knew from experience would be able to tackle this unusual situation.

Although the Elm was approximately 70ft tall and around 7 tonnes in weight the residents had actually been relatively fortunate as none of the branches actually shattered any of the windows.

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English Heritage

Connick Tree Care has again won the prestigious contract with English Heritage to maintain the trees on all of their sites in the South East of England, including the Isle of Wight.

Mike Connick, Managing Director said, “We originally started working with English Heritage in 2004. It was disappointing when the contract expired last year, but after a short break in service we are delighted to have once again been awarded the contract for the next 5 years.”

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A ray of light for an elderly victim

Imagine how terrified you would be coming face to face with a group of uninvited, strange men in your hallway.

For an 81 year old resident living on her own this awful experience was the fourth time unsavoury characters had broken into her home.

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Soft landings for the children at YMCA

Over the years we've been able to support many community projects by donating wood chip.

The YMCA has been the latest recipients.  The children there are extremely happy to have a softer, safer base under the new swing in their play area.

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Osborne House - Isle of Wight

Osborne House, an English Heritage site on the Isle of Wight, was built between 1845 and 1851 to provide Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with a private family home.

We have been working there for several weeks whilst maintaining and pruning the historic trees, alongside other contractors who have been carrying out maintenance to the buildings and cleaning the fountain.

The current estate extends to 354 acres (143 hectares) and includes formal terraces with statuary, a walled garden and extensive parkland.

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Saving Historic Cedar Tree at Brockham Grove

This majestic Cedar Tree was originally condemned due to an 8m crack at a main union of multiple stems.

The owners of Brockham Grove were upset at the thought of having to fell such an historic tree and asked for a second opinion, wishing to find a way to save this magnificent tree.

Chartered Arboriculturist, John Harraway’s opinion was that it did not need to be felled. Instead, he recommended installing a seven way bracing system and lightly prune the lower lateral branches. John suggested to the owners of the tree that they engage Connick Tree Care to carry out this specialist work.

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Community Project in Crawley

 

We were happy to provide the wood chip for pathways and the soft landing area within a woodland play area for Seymour Primary School, which is another community project in Crawley completed by Rob Demel of Luna Projects.

This allows the children's enjoyment of the space to continue through these bright winter days.

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